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The 8th International Digital Health Conference leads interdisciplinary conversation in the heart of Europe’s tech capital

Supported by UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL Global Engagement, UCL European Institute, The Web Conference 2018 and held in-cooperation with ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD), the DH conference 2018 was part of an audience of over 2,000 delegates joining together at Lyon’s premier conference venue, Cité Centre de Congrès from 23rd-26th April. 

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IRDR Publishes in the Lancet Global Health on Rohingya Crisis

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) in collaboration with colleagues from the UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH) has published a comment on Rohingya issues in the Lancet Global Health Journal (Impact factor of 17·686). The article – “Humanitarian disaster for Rohingya refugees: impending natural hazards and worsening public health crises” – was published online on 11 April 2018 and can be downloaded from the link: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30125-6/fulltext

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New Risk and Disaster Management pathway available for 2018/19

For next year, 2018-19, a Risk and Disaster Management optional pathway will become available in the IRDR MSc Risk and Disaster Science where students will be  able to select up to 2 optional modules from the UCL School of Management. Students will be able to take IRDR modules in Emergency and Crisis Management, Emergency and Crisis Planning, Risk Analysis for Disaster Science, Catastrophe Risk Modelling and modules from the Management School such as Decision and Risk Analysis, Business and Sustainability, Strategic Project Management and Leadership and Communication (subject to timetabling).

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IRDR hosts its 2018 Spring Academy

33 researchers, 2 kids, 2 days, and stimulating brainstorming and exchange on leadership. It was the 2018 IRDR Spring Academy.

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IRDR awarded grant for INSPIRE: Indonesia School Programme to Increase Resilience


UCL's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (UCL-IRDR) has been awarded a Newton Fund Institutional Link grant for the project “INSPIRE: Indonesia School Programme to Increase Resilience”. The partnership for INSPIRE includes UCL-IRDR and the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation centre (TDRMC) at Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia. The project will be led by Dr Carmine Galasso at UCL and Dr Ella Meilianda at TDMRC .

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Now Recruiting Research Associate in Digital Health

We are now recruiting a new research associate position for a data scientist in digital health. The application deadline for is 3rd January 2018. Follow the links below for full job descriptions and application guidelines.

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Announcement of UCL IRDR Masters Scholarships 2018/19

The IRDR are delighted to announce four new scholarship awards for overseas fee paying MSc and MRes students in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction for academic year 2018/19. All of these scholarships are awarded as a reduction in overseas full-time student fees, and are open to students applying to any of the following programmes:

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UN Webinars on National disaster risk assessment

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) organised series of webinars to introduce the new “Words into Action Guidelines on National Disaster Risk Assessment”. Gianluca Pescaroli of the UCL IRDR Cascading Disaster Research Group spoke at two of the events, held on 6th and 7th November 2017. In these sessions, Gianluca explained more about the section within the guidelines entitled “An Introduction to Cascading Risk and cascading Disasters” (pp.25-31). 

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Now Recruiting: Lecturer in Risk Analysis

UCL IRDR and UCL Statistical Sciences are now recruiting a Lecturer in Risk Analysis, which will be a joint appointment between both departments.

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Now Recruiting: Lecturer in Risk Analysis

UCL IRDR and UCL Statistical Sciences are now recruiting a Lecturer in Risk Analysis, which will be a joint appointment between both departments.

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David Alexander speaks at national conference in Ireland and publishes in the Irish Times

On 18th October 2017 David Alexander gave a talk at the annual conference of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Republic of Ireland branch, in Dublin. He spoke about "managing fire and emergencies in high-rise buildings", with special reference to the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001 and the Grenfell Tower fire in London this year. On the same day David published an opinion article in the Irish Times arguing that the Irish Government was right to shut schools in advance of Storm Ophelia. The article

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UN Guidelines Issued on Disaster Risk Assessment

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has issued a major new set of guidelines on National Disaster Risk Assessment: Governance System, Methodologies, and Use of Results. Gianluca Pescaroli and David Alexander of the UCL-IRDR Cascading Disasters Research Group authored a section entitled "An introduction to cascading risk and cascading disasters" (pp. 25-31). Their work is referred to in other parts of this report, as cascading risks and impacts are an important cross-cutting issue in disaster reduction. The report can be dowloaded from the UNISDR website at

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Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Border Conflict Zones: Leh Workshop


A joint workshop between UCL IRDR and University of Jammu Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT) was held in Leh, India between 9-11 July 2017. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, students, and the interested public discussed field activities, prominent challenges, and resilience strategies at local, regional and international levels. Stakeholders and academics from the district, state, and the wider Hindu Kush Himalaya region represented the knowledge and perspectives of the resident populations. The workshop successfully created a dialogue around building resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region as well as highlighted avenues for further collaboration and action. Greater detail around the topics discussed is included in the workshop report.

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David Alexander's Article has been reported as Most Popular by Development Editor for Oxford University Press New York

Lee Oglesby, Development Editor for Oxford University Press New York, reports that Professor David Alexander's article on "Disaster and Emergency Planning for Preparedness, Response and Recovery" in the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazard Science has been downloaded almost 12,500 times over the last year. It is thus one of the most popular entries in this widely-read, on-line resource. Professor Alexander has another entry that is about to appear in the same volume, this time on "Corruption and the Governance of Natural Disaster Risk." The disaster planning article is freely available in html and pdf formats at:http://naturalhazardscience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.001.0001/acrefore-9780199389407-e-12?rskey=gyStoh&result=2

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IAHR editor's choice Articles 2017 - "Implications of cascading effects for the EU Floods Directive"

The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) selected a paper by the UCL IRDR research group on Cascading Disasters among the Editor's choice of 2017. The work  is titled  "Implications of cascading effects for the EU Floods Directive" has been included among the representatives of high-quality research published in the International Journal of River Basin Management in the last year. 

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Disaster in Japan 2011: The Latest Research

On Friday 23rd January 2017, UCL-IRDR hosted a special symposium entitled "Disaster in Japan 2011: The Latest Research." The event was organised by Professor Kenji Koshiyama of Kansai University, with help from Professor David Alexander of UCL-IRDR. Speakers and panellists were drawn from UCL and a variety of leading Japanese universities.

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Two Research Associate Positions in Digital Health

We are now recruiting two new research associate positions in digital health. The application deadline for both positions has now been extended until 28th August 2017. Follow the links below for full job descriptions and application guidelines.

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New research published: Tourism industry financing of climate change adaptation in Small Island Developing States

Tourism is the most important economic sector in many small island developing states (SIDS), often driving development. Tourism in these island nations is however, threatened by climate change impacts, such as sea level rises or tropical cyclones. To cope with the damage costs of these impacts, a larger amount of money will be needed. This raises the question of who should pay for climate change adaptations, and whether it is the government and the tourism industry that are ultimately responsible. 

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Sea Ice Experiments at Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA)

Field-scale laboratory experiments on artificially grown sea ice were undertaken in May 2017 by an international team of researchers at Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA). The project was organised by IRDR PhD students Sally Scourfield and Mark Shortt, and IRDR Director Prof. Peter Sammonds. The experiments conducted were designed to investigate the effects of ice rubble angularity on friction, and also the consolidation rate and strength of rafted sea ice. The rapid decline of sea ice extent in the Arctic brings with it the prospect of increased shipping in the region, as speculation rises that routes through the Northwest and Northeast passages might become commercially viable in the near future. However with this increased activity comes greater exposure to the problems and hazards associated with the interactions between ships and sea ice. Ice rubble accumulations around ports and in frequently used channels through sea ice cover can provide substantial resistance and sometimes prevent transit entirely. Similarly, the rubble generated when ice floes interact with fixed structures can exert large forces on them, which can become hazardous if not properly managed. Experiments at HSVA will contribute to research that helps address these issues and in doing so make the Arctic a safer and more accessible environment for industrial activity. 

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EEFIT publishes its latest report on the Kumamoto Japan earthquake

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has now published its report on the Kumamoto Japan earthquake of 14th and 16th April 2016. Peter Sammonds from the IRDR was part of the EEFIT team for this research. The report can be found on the EEFIT website here.

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IRDR 7th Annual Conference Report

Our 7th Annual conference was held on 21st June 2017 and attended by over 150 people. Our audience, speakers, and presenters came from a range of different backgrounds, and all gathered together to share and discuss research, approaches and initiatives to work towards the aim of reducing global disaster risk. It was a great opportunity for academics, practitioners, students, policy makers and the interested public to share ideas, discuss current challenges and new ideas, and to network.

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