There is a difference between knowing the practicalities of crisis management/response and knowing what should be done, ethically speaking. This course will provide students with the following: an appreciation of ethical theory/principles; the skills to apply ethics in a crisis and make justifiable decisions; an ability to critically analyse/advise professionals on the application of ethics in crisis scenarios. Sessions will cover a range of disaster/crisis ethics topics.
Many of the topics covered under the umbrella of disaster ethics are distinct disciplines in themselves – climate justice, environmental ethics, humanitarian response, normative ethics – and will serve as an interdisciplinary bridge for students coming from different disciplines or backgrounds.
Before moving (semi-)permanently to the United Kingdom, Dr Lauren Traczykowski worked for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Office of International Affairs. She moved to the UK to pursue an MA and then later a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK) on the moral imperative to intervene post-natural hazard. She is now a Senior Lecturer at Aston University teaching various modules on applied ethics including Business Ethics and Ethics in a Crisis.
Lauren currently serves as Director of External Engagement for the Aston Centre for Crisis Management and is an active member of the Decolonizing the Curriculum Working Group (DCWG). She is also a Board Director of the Birmingham Food Council CIC. Lauren’s research broadly focuses on two areas: disaster ethics and pedagogy, particularly playful learning, and has several publications related to both as separate and overlapping topics. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE).