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IRDR February 2013 Newsletter
25 February 2013
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.
New MSc: The IRDR continues to develop its postgraduate teaching and will launch two new programmes in September 2013: an MSc and a PGDip in Risk, Disaster and Resilience. In these programmes students will explore the characterization, 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 analyze and provide solutions to complex issues. For details of our postgraduate programmes please visit our teaching page or download our postgraduate prospectus.
Annual Conference 2013: We will hold the third IRDR Annual Conference on Friday 14th June. This will be a one-day event of thought-provoking lectures and discussions, followed by our summer party. Our keynote lecture 'Building National Resilience and Crisis Management Capabilities' will be delivered by Professor Sir David Omand, visiting professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Sir David was the UK government’s first Permanent Secretary and Security and Intelligence Coordinator, having previously been the director of GCHQ, the agency responsible for signals intelligence. This promises to be a lively day and we extend an invitation to all in the UCL community, our associates and partners, and to those from outside just interested in engaging with risk and disaster reduction, to join us.
The Annual Conference will be preceded on Thursday 13th June by the IRDR’s First Academic Conference on Risk and Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, which aims to bring together representatives of the universities in the UK and Europe that offer courses or conduct research on risks, hazards, disasters and resilience.
IRDR Special Report: Finally, the report from our Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by the British Embassy in Tokyo and held in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami is available here. It was edited by Joanna Faure Walker.
Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
About the Institute
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods and storms destroy lives and damage economies across the globe; pandemics have the potential to bring death and suffering on an unprecedented scale; while climate change may increase the severity of both natural and health disasters.
How society sees risk, how to link understanding of the causative mechanics to statistical approaches, and how to increase resilience and reduce the risk of disasters are common themes cutting across research in natural, environmental, health and technological hazards.
Reducing global risks and disasters presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action.
UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in risk and disaster reduction, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research and practice in the field.
To maximise the impact and value of our activities in risk and disaster reduction, and to increase and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, we propose to bring together individual areas of expertise, under the umbrella of a UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, built around established centres across UCL.
We also seek to contribute to the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.
1. Gender and Disasters - 8th March 2013 To mark International Women's Day 2013, our first major public event of the year will be a panel discussion with audience participation on "Gender and Disasters". Did you know that women are nearly always more affected by natural disasters than men in terms of loss of life, livelihoods and homes; and being left vulnerable to exploitation in the aftermath? This gender bias is often exacerbated by disaster management, preparedness and relief agencies being dominated by men, and much aid money coming through large international organisations who do not understand the local gender issues. In this panel discussion, we will explore why this gender bias exists and what can and should be done to empower women to redress this balance.
This event is FREE and open to all members of the public, but you will need to register at genderanddisasters.eventbrite.co.uk
- Dr Ellie Lee, Reader in Social Policy and expert in gender issues from the University of Kent.
- Paola Albrito, Head of the Regional Office for Europe for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction,
- David Alexander, UCL Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction, and
- Linda O’Halloran, Director of NGO Thinking Development.
Date: Friday 8 March from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
Panel discussion: 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1, University College London, Gower Street.
Reception: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Wilkins Lower Refectory
More details are available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/events-news-publication/gender-and-disasters
2.First Academic Conference on Teaching and Research in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience - 13 June 2013 (By invitation only)
UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) will hold a one-day event on 13 June 2013 in order to bring together representatives of the universities in the UK and Europe that offer courses or conduct research on risks, hazards, disasters and resilience.
The overall objectives for the conference are:
- to improve communication and collaboration between UK higher education institutions that work in this field
- to explore what common ground we have in our teaching and research on hazards, risks, disasters, safety, security, resilience and kindred subjects
- to investigate whether we can strengthen our mutual position by acquiring a common voice.
The event will be held in the Gustave Tuck lecture theatre at UCL, and will be co-sponsored by the Institute for Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), which is keen to help improve collaboration among UK higher education institutions.
For further information please contact Professor David Alexander – David.Alexander@ucl.ac.uk
3.Inaugural Careers and Opportunities Forum and Reception - 13 June 2013
We will hold our Inaugural Careers and Opportunities Forum and Reception in the UCL South Cloisters on Thursday 13th June from 16:00 until 19:00. Undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else interested in careers, courses, experiences, and volunteering in risk and disaster reduction are invited to attend. The event will include presentations from NGOs, industry, and academia, in addition to stalls advertising career, education and other opportunities in risk and disaster reduction, and a networking opportunity.
Please contact Rosanna.Smith@ucl.ac.uk for further enquiries or if you would like to book an advertising stand.
Please register at http://irdrcareersandopportunities2013.eventbrite.co.uk if you are interested in attending.
4.IRDR 3rd Annual Conference, 14th June 2013.
After successful annual conferences in 2011 and 2012, we are hoping for our 2013 annual conference to be even bigger and better. This will be a one-day event of thought provoking lectures and discussions followed by an evening reception with poster presentations. The morning will commence with a panel discussion on, The Economics of Disaster Preparedness v Disaster Recovery, followed by a session on Disaster Distortion and the Media. The Keynote address, by Professor Sir David Omand, visiting professor in the Department of War Studies at Kings College London, will be on Building National Resilience and Crisis Management Capabilities. This will be followed by an in conversation session on Building Resilient Infrastructure after Disasters. The conference will close with a Poster session on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters accompanied by a reception with refreshments and canapés.
Call for papers. A call for papers in the poster session on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters is open. Abstracts with a maximum of 300 words should be submitted to Dr Rosanna Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org by 23rd April 2013.
Further information can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/events-news-publication/IRDR-3rd-Annual-Conference
Tickets are free and registration is now open at irdrannualconference2013.eventbrite.co.uk
5. IRDR Arctic Risk Forum – 30th April 2013. We will convene an IRDR Arctic Risk Forum for Tuesday 30th April from 2.00 to 6.00pm. The forum will take the form of a presentation by a keynote speaker, presentations by interested parties, and an open discussion, followed by drinks. We again extend the invitation to potential partners outside UCL - academic, commercial, governmental, non-governmental. For further information please contact Ben Lishman - B.Lishman@ucl.ac.uk
6.Events in other UCL Institutes and the Grand Challenges
The UCL European Institute hosts a debate on 25th Feb 2013 THBT: Britain should leave the European Union with: Sir Stephen Wall, Mark Reckless (MP), Peter Wilding and many more!
1.New IRDR Postgraduate Programmes 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:
2.IRDR Special Report. 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 publications page
1. GfGD and CAFOD student placement. Placements give students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain a preliminary but important exposure to the development sector, and understand how geoscience is and could be integrated into this work. It is also hoped that these placements will help to develop a better appreciation of the role of geoscience by those within the development sector.
15-19th April 2013 - Humanitarian Department, CAFOD
A one week placement, working with Dr. Kate Crowley, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, and gaining a preliminary but important insight into the development sector.
Application deadline: midday Monday 4th March.
More details can be found at www.gfgd.org/placements
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