Presentations and Abstracts

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For PDF versions of the conference presentations (both oral and poster) please follow the links below:


Introduction to hazards and risk
Bill McGuire (University College London)

Session 1: What is disaster risk reduction and how does it work in practice?

Speculation not extrapolation: preparing for hazards in a futures context
Randolph Kent (Humanitarian Futures Programme, King’s College London)

Making holes in the fence? Reflections on interdisciplinarity and collaboration in disaster risk reduction research
Jenni Barclay (University of East Anglia)

Disaster risk reduction in Pakistan: earthquake resistant housing
Victoria Harris (Article 25)

Understanding community resilience
Bina Desai (Christian Aid) and Oenone Chadburn (Tearfund), DFID DRR Interagency Group

MapAction: disaster response and preparedness
Nigel Woof (MapAction)

‘Taking Stock’ - Challenges in connecting disaster risk reduction policy and practice
Marcus Oxley (Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction)


Session 2: Quantifying hazardous natural processes

Key Note: Probabilistic catastrophe models for disaster risk reduction
Robert Muir-Wood (Risk Management Solutions)

What can we say about the next Sumatran tsunami?
John McCloskey (University of Ulster)

Forecasting earthquakes: the state of the art
Andrew Bell (University of Edinburgh)

Key Note: Quantifying hazards and risks with expert judgment
Willy Aspinall, University of Bristol

Assessing volcano flank instability: Morne aux Diables, Dominica
Richard Teeuw (University of Portsmouth)

Tsunami hazard mapping and risk assessment for the city of Padang / West Sumatra
Torsten Schlurmann (Leibniz University Hannover)

Session 3: Assessing vulnerability, resilience and capacity

Key Note: No risk please: we’re British
Greg Bankoff (University of Hull)

Mapping vulnerability and resilience in Eastern Nepal: an interdisciplinary approach
Karen Sudmeier-Rieux (University of Lausanne)

Community vulnerability and capacity in post-disaster recovery: the cases of Mano and Mikura neighbourhoods in the wake of the 1995 Kobe earthquake
Etsuko Yasui (Brandon University)

Key Note: (RE)production of disaster risk reduction?
Cassidy Johnson (University College London)

Impacts to agriculture following the 1991 eruption of Vulcan Hudson, Patagonia: lessons for recovery
Jim Cole (University of Canterbury)

Assessing risk in Zimbabwe: reflections on the risk assessment process
Philip Buckle (Monash International Initiative for Community Resilience)


Session 4: Cultural perceptions of hazard and risk

Key Note: Cultural perceptions of hazard and risk
Jessica Mercer (CAFOD)

Traditional land ownership patterns, vulnerabilities and resilience in Cape Verde and Papua New Guinea: consequences for disaster mitigation strategies
Simon Day (University College London)

Mapping cultural vulnerability for holistic risk assessment: findings from Mt Merapi volcano, Indonesia
Katherine Donovan (University of Plymouth)

How robust are science-based disaster preparedness strategies? Lessons from Western Sumatra
Rachel Shannon (University of Ulster)

Participatory three-dimensional mapping for community-based disaster risk reduction
JC Gaillard (University of Grenoble & University of the Philippines)

Bridging insider and outsider perceptions: community vulnerability, resilience, and capacity analysis through iterative stakeholder knowledge mapping
Bob Alexander (Rural Livelihood Risk Management Consulting)

Session 5: Effective policy, communication and decision making

Key Note: Effective policy, decision making and communication for natural hazards: a New Zealand perspective
Julia Becker (Joint Centre for Disaster Research and GNS Science)

Risky beliefs in a volcanic crisis: the importance of context-specific information
Sian Crosweller (University of Bristol)

Integrative efforts for disaster risk reduction: experiences from the Workshop for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in Volcanic Risk Mitigation at Galeras Volcano, Colombia
Carolina Garcia (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Critical infrastructure resilience programme: improving the resilience of critical infrastructure to natural hazards
David Murphy (UK Cabinet Office)

Why ‘small is beautiful’ in municipal disaster prevention
Emily Wilkinson (University College London)

Pathways to accountability for disaster risk reduction
Emily Polack (Institute of Development Studies)


Session 2: Quantifying hazardous natural processes

Where the walls come tumbling down: predicting earthquake hazard in Vanuatu
Cartwright-Taylor, A.

Translating science: risk, uncertainty and policy advice
Donovan, A.; Oppenheimer, C. and Bravo, M.

Remote sensing for disaster risk reduction in semi-arid regions
Saunders, C. and Teeuw, R.

Advances in physical modelling of nearshore tsunami waves and their impact using a unique tsunami generator
Charvet, I.; Lloyd, T.; Rossetto, T.; Allsop, W.; Robinson, D.; Bazin, P.H. and Robinson, T.

Multi-hazard assessments for building sustainable and resilient communities in the Philippines
Duncan, M.; Edwards, S.; Twigg, J.; Edwards, M.; Mercer, J.; Kilburn, C. and Rossetto, T.

Session 3: Assessing vulnerability, resilience and capacity

Dynamic, participatory, vulnerable sub-group focused and replicable food and livelihood security assessments: toward a sustainable community risk reduction and development system
Alexander, B.

Analysing the spatial distribution of vulnerability to floods in the Salzach catchment, Austria
Kienberger, S.; Contreras, D.; Zeil, P. and Lang, S.

Spatial vulnerability indicators applied to recovery and risk reduction after earthquakes: the case of L’Aquila - Italy
Contreras, D.; Zeil, P. and Kienberger S.

Resilience under the magnifying glass
Verrucci, E. and Rossetto, T.

Use of free satellite imagery for disaster risk reduction
Morris, N.J. and Teeuw, R.M.

Mainstreaming local perceptions of hurricane risk into policymaking: a case study of community-based vulnerability mapping in Mexico
Krishnamurthy, P.K.

Effects of climate change on coastal management, businesses and communities in the Solent
Percival, S. E. and Teeuw, R. M.

Community based natural hazard mitigation in Kyrgyzstan
Romanenko, T.

Practicalities of vulnerability analysis: lessons from St. Vincent, Caribbean
Lowe, C.J.; Haklay, M.; McGuire, W.J.; and Robertson, R.E.A.

Session 4: Cultural perceptions of hazard and risk

Use of qualitative methods to analyze and evaluate the impact of an NGO on volcanic hazard perceptions and disaster preparedness in Los Planes de la Laguna, El Salvador
Bowman, L.

Session 5: Effective policy, communication and decision making

Use of comprehensive social surveys as key elements of effective and integrated community based early warning systems
Garcia, C.

Article 25: built solutions to social problems
Reilly, E.

Exploring the use and value of visuals used in the southern California shakeout 2008 public earthquake preparedness campaign
Bottomley, H. K.

Drills as part of an experiential learning cycle for disaster risk reduction education - not just another bureaucratic exercise
Sharpe, J.E.

Can a sustainable livelihoods approach be used to assess the effectiveness of a community-based early warning system?
Karakashian, C.

Terra viva - a network of seismometers in schools of Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Narciso, J.; Ferreira, H.; Faria, B.; Custodio, S.; Omar, Y.; Heleno, S.; Fonseca, J. and Day, S.

The standardisation of volcanic alert level systems (VALS)
Fearnley, C.; McGuire, W.; Twigg, J. and Davies, G.

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