2020 September sessions

The UKADR are hosting a series of webinars over 10th and 11th September 2020. We hope that these will be an opportunity for our community of disaster researchers and practitioners to come together to share information and experiences, and learn from each other. We will be exploring our current research practice, lessons on impact from GCRF projects, and the role that the UK-based disaster research community can play in a green and resilient recovery from the pandemic.

The discussions from these webinars will continue at the postponed UKADR 2020 conference, which will now take place in May 2021 in Edinburgh. The theme for the 2021 conference remains the same: 'Delivering disaster risk research for the Sendai Framework and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26)'.

The webinar series agenda includes the UKADR Annual General Meeting. The AGM is open to all UKADR members and we encourage participation.

Registration is free, but you will need to register via Eventbrite in order to receive the zoom webinar access link. Please do this by clicking on the Eventbrite link for each webinar you wish to join. The webinars will be recorded and made available via the UKADR website.

Agenda and Registration

10th September 2020

14:00-14:50 Co-producing impact: lessons learnt from small and large projects Professor Mark Pelling will introduce the Global Challenges Research Fund and set the scene. Presenters from three small- to large-scale GCRF projects will share what they have learned about achieving impacts within these diverse applied research projects. Presenting projects include SAFER that aimed to develop a comprehensive scheme for enhancing the seismic safety and resilience of school buildings in Nepal as well as Tomorrow Cities Hub. There will be three short presentations and then time for discussion.

Register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/113650720364

15:00-15:50 Our changing research practice

In this webinar, we explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disaster research in the UK. This discussion will be informed by a survey of UKADR members as well as insights from expert panellists. We’ll consider how disaster research in the UK is responding to the pandemic, how disaster research practice is changing and the role that UKADR might play in this situation.

Take part in the survey. The survey will be open until 14 August 2020.

Register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/114154033788

16:00-17:00 UKADR Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We welcome the UKADR members to join the AGM and learn about opportunities to get involved and shape the future of this dynamic research network.

Register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/114157056830

11th September 2020

10:00-10:50 Taking an intersectional approach to disaster risk reduction and response: Issues in policy and practice

This session will draw on experiences of working to promote a gendered intersectional approach during the processes to develop the SDGs and the Sendai framework, and considerations of this approach in practice in the context of Latin America, focussed on the UN Economic Commission for Latin America's preparations ahead of COP25 which was to be hosted in Chile.

It will ask:

  • What does an intersectional approach look like?
  • Why is it important?
  • How can it be included in policies and improve practice?
  • And importantly - what are the barriers to this approach being taken up and how can they be addressed?

Much of this experience draws on working in a development / developing world context where such an approach is largely accepted. The open discussion then will focus on – what would an intersectional approach look like for the UK?

Register via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/114410767686

11:00-12:00 Towards a green and resilient COVID recovery: the role of disaster researchers

A panel of invited experts from climate change, disaster and health research will discuss the current pandemic (the lessons and opportunities), and the role of climate change and disaster researchers in supporting a green and resilient recovery. Panel members include the UNDRR Stakeholder Coordinator, Irina Zodrow; Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Professor Dave Reay; Professor of Disaster and Health at UCL, Professor Ilan Kelman; and Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England, Professor Virginia Murray.

Register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/114158011686