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Knowledge exchange is a core part of the mission of the IRDR which we seek to fulfill by publishing high-impact reports, engaging with the media and building long-term partnerships. IRDR Arctic Risk and Water Risk projects have important KE components - find out more
Our report Volcanic Hazard from Iceland, analysing the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its social consequences was widely commended and was the only contemporaneous report that analyzed the implications for future travel disruption both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
The IRDR Director joined the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) mission to Tohoku and contributed to the EEFIT report. This report has been drawn on extensively by the UK Cabinet Office in advice to ministers.
The IRDR organized a follow-up International Disaster Workshop in Japan in October 2012 at the British Embassy in Tokyo with the new International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University. A report was published by the IRDR on fieldwork undertaken, including to the Fukushima nuclear reactor.
Two IRDR Research Students investigated post-tsunami recovery in March 2013, supported by the UK Embassy. Both Joanna Faure Walker and David Alexander joined the return EEFIT Mission in June 2013.
IRDR-IRIDeS Workshop on Disaster Science at the British Embassy, Tokyo 2012
Sponsorship of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre (ABUHC) was negotiated by the IRDR Director from 2010 to 2014 to support hazard research and knowledge exchange oriented towards the City re-insurance industry. This sponsorship is an important vehicle for knowledge exchange between universities and the City. The ABUHC has undertaken a broad range of client-oriented projects. For instance, the Hong Kong Landslide Hazard report for Royal & Sun Alliance has been prepared as a REF Case Study for Earth Sciences, based on the application of fundamental research to an issue of great economic and societal importance. ABUHC continues to thrive under the new direction of Chris Kilburn. However, the Aon Benfield Sponsorship agreement will come to and end in 2014. We envisage a new partnership emerging with Aon and all its activities, worldwide. The IRDR has also been acting to diversify the range of City firms we engage with, and in discussion with UCL Business Partnerships has now launched UCL Risk Analytics as a new vehicle for engagement with the City, which will act as a manager and broker of UCL research. Find out more about UCL Risk Analytics