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IRDR February 2013 Newsletter

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From the Director

IRDR Gender and Disasters Event: Our first major public event of 2013 will be a panel discussion on Genders and Disasters to mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, to be held at UCL from 6.00pm in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1. This will be followed by a drinks reception until 8.30pm. All are welcome. Women are more badly impacted by disasters than men and may be left vulnerable to exploitation in the aftermath. Why this gender bias exists and what can be done about it will be addressed by Paola Albrito from the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, UCL professor for risk and disaster reduction, David Alexander and Linda O’Halloran, director of the NGO, Thinking Development, in a discussion chaired by social policy and gender issues expert, Ellie Lee. Further details and registration are below.

IRDR Special Report on UK-Japan Workshop on DRR and Lessons From the Great East Japan EQ

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In October 2012, the IRDR coordinated the UK delegation for a UK-Japan Joint workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction – Learning from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake hosted by the British Embassy in Tokyo. In addition to participating in the workshop, delegates visited areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The IRDR has just published a special report on this workshop and site visits, edited by IRDR lecturer Dr Joanna Faure Walker, which can be downloaded from our special reports publications page.

New IRDR Postgraduate Programmes

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The IRDR will launch two new postgraduate programmes: a MSc and a PGDip in Risk, Disaster and Resilience which, along with our current MRes and PGCert in Risk and Disaster Reduction, will admit students from 2013.  In these programmes students will explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk and disasters, and their associated impacts from a diverse range of perspectives with the aim of meeting the growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to complex issues. To this end, all the IRDR post graduate programmes are centred around the IRDR core taught modules: Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability, Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction, Emergency and Crisis Planning, and Emergency and Crisis Management. The programmes differ in the total time commitment needed and the share of time dedicated to taught modules and independent research. For details of our postgraduate programmes please visit our teaching page or download our postgraduate prospectus:

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