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Interview with Gianluca Pescaroli, founder of the Cascading Disasters Research Group at IRDR
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:35:54 +0000
Gianluca Pescaroli is a third year PhD student in the IRDR and one of the founders of the Cascading Disasters Research Group (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/cascading). The group aims to understand, assess, and mitigate the escalation of crises in the global interconnected system. – Gianluca, how did you come up with the idea of creating a research groups on cascading […]Read more...
Resilient to Landslides: The Indigenous Tribal Communities of Bangladesh
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:06:19 +0000
Landslides are common socio-natural hazards in the Chittagong Hill Districts (CHD) of Bangladesh. Communities living in the hills of CHD can be categorized as urbanized and tribal, each community experiences a different level of risk to landslides. With this knowledge, I conducted fieldwork in the three tribal hill tracts districts (Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati) in […]Read more...
Not working in Japan, aka travelling
Fri, 13 May 2016 09:30:55 +0000
As well as working during my fellowship in Japan (see previous blog post), I have been able to travel around much of the country and see a variety of sights. My first travels outside Sendai were to the Fukushima prefecture to meet with a group of UCL students who were in the country for a […]Read more...
Working and living abroad as a visiting researcher
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:39:49 +0000
I am a third year PhD student in the IRDR, my research is focussing on the geometry of normal faults in the central Apennines and the implications for stress transfer during earthquakes. Through my PhD I have travelled many times to Italy to do fieldwork, but my travels have now taken me further afield to […]Read more...
A group of six IRDR members visit the Fukushima Prefecture
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:02:01 +0000
From the 8th to the 15th March 2016, a group of students and researchers from UCL and the UCL Academy visited the area affected by the Fukushima- Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in the Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The group included six members of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction: four PhD students – Nurmala […]Read more...
Investigating communications after the Canterbury earthquakes – fieldwork
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:23:12 +0000
Serena Tagliacozzo is a PhD student in the IRDR who is investigating the requirements for a web-based platform to allow effective communication between authorities and citizens in the disaster recovery phase. The platform would allow citizens to effectively share their knowledge and experiences with planners and developers, and for authorities to communicate plans to interested […]Read more...
Disaster Risk Reduction Communication: challenges and chances
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:11:37 +0000
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a rising field, growing in scientific production and relevance. DRR aims to identify causes and trends of hazards impacting human lives, in order to reduce their intensity, reduce the possibility of occurrence and tackle the resulting effects. A key action of DRR is to share knowledge, so that the people […]Read more...
UCL IRDR at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – Human Rights and DRR Panel
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:26:47 +0000
On Monday 16th March 2015, UCL IRDR hosted a public forum panel discussion on “Human Rights and Disaster Risk Reduction” as a side event of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai. David Alexander, UCL IRDR Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, convened the panel to explore whether failure to mitigate disaster […]Read more...
Educating Future Leaders in Understanding Risk
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:04:55 +0000
As part of the 2014 Understanding Risk Forum, UCL IRDR and UCL STEaPP co-chaired a session on ‘Educating Future Leaders in Understanding Risk’. The very need for having a conference titled “Understanding Risk” suggests the actual topic under discussion is misunderstanding risk. Indeed, misunderstanding risk is increasingly being seen as a barrier to risk […]Read more...
IRDR Panel Discussion on “Disability and Disasters”
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:43:20 +0000
The IRDR’s Panel Discussion on “Disability and Disasters” on 12th March was billed as a discussion of human rights, addressing an issue that may be unpopular, but that must be addressed whenever we consider how we plan for, manage, and cope with disasters, since disabled people make up 15% of the world’s population. In addressing […]Read more...