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Members of the Board of Directors

Europe and Africa

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Ortwin Renn
Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Ortwin Renn is scientific director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and professor for environmental sociology and technology assessment at the University and Stuttgart. He also directs the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes. Renn is Adjunct Professor for "Integrated Risk Analysis" at Stavanger University (Norway), Honorary Professor at the Technical University Munich and Affiliate Professor for "Risk Governance" at Beijing Normal University. His research interests include risk governance (analysis perception, communication), stakeholder and public involvement in environmental decision making, transformation processes in economics, politics and society and sustainable development. He belongs to numerous scientific and academic advisory councils. Renn has published more than 30 monographs and over 250 peer reviewed articles. His most prominent English publication is the book "Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World (London: Earthscan 2008).

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Tom De Groeve
Acting Head of Unit, Disaster Risk Management Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Tom's research career covered risk management, disaster monitoring and emergency management systems using geospatial technology. He initiated the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), the Index for Risk Management (INFORM) and the Global Flood Partnership. Tom has been working on bringing science into policy, including for the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and EU crisis management, humanitarian aid, climate change and disaster risk policy. Tom currently is Deputy Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit and leading a wider research portfolio. His latest interest is in knowledge management, with the European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre.

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Andrew Collins
Leader, Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University

Andrew Collins is Professor in Disaster and Development, Department of Geography. Beyond research, local teaching and management responsibilities, he represents disaster, development and health related initiatives internationally. He led the establishment of the world's first disaster management and sustainable development postgraduate programme launched in 2000, and Disaster and Development Network (DDN) launched 2004. Prior to academic appointments, Andrew also worked internationally including through three years voluntary support to communities in wartime Mozambique. He services his subject area through high level policy and advisory roles, reviewing and commissioning boards for national and international organisations, conferences, multiple journals and 13 research funding bodies.

Asia and Oceania

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Fumihiko Imamura
Director, IRIDeS, Tohoku University

Fumihiko Imamura is Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University in Japan. He received a doctoral degree in Engineering and became a Professor of Tohoku University in 2000. He specializes in tsunami modeling, mitigation planning and education/awareness, disaster prevention and evacuation systems. He has been conducting field surveys on earthquake and tsunami damage since the 1992 Nicaragua and Flores Island Tsunamis. He is also the Secretary of the Tsunami Inundation Modeling Exchange (TIME) Project supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) in its Tsunami Commission.

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Soichi Nakajima
Deputy Director-General, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)

Soichi Nakajima is Deputy Director-General for international affairs and collaboration with industries and universities at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan. He was Director for international affairs of Disaster Management Bureau, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, participating in the organization of the third United Nations World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. He has also worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as desk officer for Asia and the Pacific as well as for the IDNDR Secretariat.

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Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India

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Mahua Mukherjee
Head, Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management, IIT-Roorkee

Mahua Mukherjee is currently Head, Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee. She did her B.Arch from Jadavpur University, India. After completing her M.Tech in Building Science and Technology from IIT Roorkee, she pursued her career in NGOs and academic research. She completed her PhD. in 2003 and continues to work in the field of sustainable urban development. Her exposure to international academia in Lund University, Sweden through SIDA Fellowship and Penn State University as a Fulbright Fellow helped her immensely in her intellectual pursuit. Dr. Mukherjee has organized courses, competitions, research seminar, conferences and workshops regularly in the field of risk resilience and sustainable development. She has several publications which include peer reviewed international journals, national and international conference proceedings and few book chapters.

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Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

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Indrajit Pal
Assistant Professor, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM), Asian Institute of Technology

Indrajit Pal is Assistant Professor and Chair in the Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He served as faculty member at Centre for Disaster Management at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India (A Premier National Institute for training Indian Administrative Services Officers). Dr. Pal holds doctoral and two master's degrees. Dr. Pal is supervising Doctoral and Masters' research students across Asia and Africa in the field of disaster risk management and governance. Indrajit is reviewer of more than eight international journals and has published number of books and research articles in refereed national and international journals. Indrajit is member of Board of Directors for the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), Japan.


Americas

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Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Western University, Canada

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Paul Kovacs - Executive Director
Adjunct Research Professor, Economics, Western University, Canada

Paul Kovacs is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University. Since 1996 Paul has been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues. The Panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change". He is Canada's leading authority on insurance and climate change and has been a contributing author to numerous international and Canadian reports on reducing the risk of loss from earthquakes, flood and severe wind. For more than thirty-five years Paul has been a popular commentator on insurance, disaster safety and economic policy. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes. He is a proud husband and father, with a growing collection of bow ties.

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Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risks (CIGIDEN), Chile

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Rodrigo Cienfuegos
Director of Research, Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risks (CIGIDEN)

Rodrigo Cienfuegos is a civil engineer with concentration in hydraulics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He earned his MSc and PhD in Earth Sciences from the Grenoble University (France). He has lead and participated in several research projects funded by Fondecyt and Fondef (Conicyt) and Corfo, and international projects funded by ECOS-Conicyt with French universities, and by the Office of Naval Research Global with US Universities and Centers. He is the current director of the Research Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risks (CIGIDEN) funded by the Fondap program for Excellence in Research Centers from Conicyt. His current research interests comprise nonlinear wave hydrodynamics for wave and tsunami modelling, disaster risk assessment, and mitigation measures. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed papers, and presented his work in more than 100 conference meetings and workshops.

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Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA

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Lori Peek
Director, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has published widely on the social aspects of disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. She is past chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and is currently president of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. Peek has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service to the broader hazards and disaster community.


Secretariat

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Hirokazu Tatano
Secretary-General, GADRI; and Head, Social Systems for Disaster Risk Governance, DPRI, Kyoto University
In addition to the responsibilities as professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, Prof. Hirokazu Tatano serves as Vice-President of International Society of Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) since 2010, and the Secretary-General of Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), since 2015. Prof. Tatano has done pioneering research on economic consequence analysis with major focus on economic resilience to natural disasters at the levels of individual business, market, and regional economy. Another research focus is methodologies for integrated disaster risk management and governance. Through these academic activities, his wishes to contribute to establishing "implementation science" as a key area of science for disaster risk reduction.



Welcome to GADRI!

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Established in March 2015 as an outcome of the 2nd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction, GADRI is a collaborative platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters. GADRI is committed to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which has pointed out the need to better link sustainable development and climate change efforts towards a common goal of harmonious living with nature and our planet.


In order to support these goals, GADRI is engaged in:

  • commitments to contribute to the Science and Technology Raodmap to implement the Sendai Framework Agenda for 2030
  • Enhance collaboration among member organizations to foster scientific exchange and collaborative research
  • encourage evaluation and reporting of research achievements and gaps through the biennial GADRI Global Summit
  • Dissemination of information on existing global disasters consequences databases and other information through Disaster and Risk Research: GADRI Book Series
  • Sharing information on activities through newletter - GADRI Actions
  • Encourage communication tool/method for sharing knowledge on real-time applications for early warning systems and fast responses to disasters
  • Endorse GADRI member research proposals
  • Development of a database for data collection in future events


We are young and active. Currently, over 190 member institutions from around the world have joined GADRI.


While striving to accomplish our vision of GADRI, our expectation from you is to identify the status of current research achievements and gaps in your area of research to achieve disaster risk reduction in the real world; review and report these status during the biennialGADRI Global Summit; and assist us with our commitment to contribute to the goals of the Science and Technology Raodmap to implement the Priority Areas of the Sendai Framework Agenda 2030.

GADRI membership is free and we welcome you to join us and continue to work together with us to make disaster resilient world.


Dr. Hirokazu Tatano, Professor and Vice-Director for Future Plans; and
Head of Reserach Division of Disaster Management for Safe and Secure Society,
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University

Congratulatory Message from Prof. Kaoru Takara, Programme Adviser, GADRI

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I wish to congratulate Prof. Andrew Collins, Chair, GADRI Board of Directors, GADRI members and the Secretariat for resonantly moving forward in implementing GADRI activities.

The date to hold the First meeting of the GADRI Board of Directors could not have timed more perfectly than 22 March 2016 as GADRI completed one year since it was approved by the Second Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan in March 2015. It was a historical occasion as this year 2016, DPRI, Kyoto University celebrates the anniversary of 65 Years since its inception in 1951, and the Natural Disaster Research Council celebrates 15 years since it was established in 2001 by DPRI, Kyoto University as a network of Japanese academicians.

As GADRI pursues its goals to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) and the work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), I wish to give our assurance to assist GADRI achieve even higher heights in the years to come and to share the knowledge and experiences across borders.

Thank you very much for your continued cooperation.


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Dr. Kaoru Takara
Professor and Director Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University

GADRI activities will be streamlined to fully support the targets of the 2016 Science and Technology Roadmap to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which calls for the need of focused action across sectors by States at local, national, regional and global levels. The four Priority Areas of the Sendai Framework are as follows:

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to "Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.[1]


[1] Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2020

I. Atmospheric and Water Related Disasters

Brief Description

Atmospheric and hydrospheric phenomena have a variety of spatio-temporal scales from microscales, regional-scales, to global scales. Such phenomena include tornadoes, heavy rainfalls, typhoons, and planetary-scale anomalous weather. Deep and coherent understanding of the mechanisms of these phenomena and also the processes leading to various consequences thereof are the key to mitigate disaster risks. Our thematic area contributes to global disaster risk reduction by providing united efforts in weather and climate related sciences and engineering.

Activities

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The fourth International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems - Urban Flood Risk Management: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures in the MENA Region was held at the University of Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco from 4 to 6 December 2018.

The third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting in the Arab Regions was held at the Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 5 to 7 December 2017.

This event is the second in a new series of annual International Symposia on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems. Furthermore this symposium was supported by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GARDI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan.

First International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting of Flash Floods in the Arab Regions was held at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan from 14 to 15 October 2015.

II. Earthquake and Volcanic Disasters

Brief Description

The Earthquake and Volcano Hazard group supports international collaborative research related to seismic and volcanic hazards. The group supports international exchange of data and promotes access of these data sets for research purposes. Also, the group helps coordinate field investigations of important earthquakes and volcanic events.

Activities

GADRI Earthquake and Volcano Group held the workshop on "Bridging Strong-motion and Earthquake Damage" at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 25 February 2016.

III. Geo‐Hazards

Brief Description

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Geohazards exhibit various aspects wenomena, such as landslides, debris flow, soil eroson, liquefaction, settlement, in both natural and artificial geomaterials, depending on spatial distribution of topographic, hydrologic and geologic conditions. Potential of geo-hazards are also time varying due to the long-term phenomena such as regional tectonics and climate change, and also short-term processes, especially by heavy rainfall, snow melting, and earthquake shaking. Spatial and temporal prediction of geo-hazards, risk assessment and countermeasures against human, social and economic damages requires collaborative approaches across various scientific or engineering disciplines. We need tight coupling of updated scientific understanding of earth surface processes and latest technology in geotechnical engineering for developing, sharing, and generalizing the strategy for geo-hazard mitigation, with feedbacks from its social applications.

Activities

The 4th Slope Tectonics Conference was held at Kyoto University. There were two days meeting session held in Kyoto followed by a three-day field trip to the Kii Mountains, a world heritage site, in Kii Peninsula, Central Japan. The conference was held from 14 to 18 October 2017.


Workshop on "New Generation of Geohazard Mapping and Strategy for Its Social Application" at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Obaku Plaza on 12 March 2016.

GEMINI (Geohazard mitigation on the new innovation in science and engineering) is a project for developing, sharing and generalizing the strategy for geohazard mitigation.

IV. Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Brief Description

"Disaster Risk Reduction" requires tackling the various factors that influence a society's vulnerability to disasters in an integrated, holistic, and comprehensive way, which finally call for a concept, framework, methodology of "Integrated Disaster Risk Management". Successful integrated disaster risk management requires integration between disciplines, stakeholders, levels of government, and between global, regional, national, local and individual efforts, which fills gaps between theory and practice under functional scheme of "Disaster Risk Governance". This group is to share and discuss findings, tested assumptions and commonplace knowledge, new methods and innovative ideas defining and strengthening the framework of integrated disaster risk management.

Activities

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GADRI Open Discussion Forum: How Can Disaster Research Institutes Significantly Contribute to Real World Disaster Risk Reduction? - was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 15 March 2018.

GADRI Open Discussion Forum: GADRI Projects and Activities was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 23 March 2016. The Forum was held in conjunction with the First Meeting of the GADRI Board of Directors and was attended by 55 participants from 18 countries representing various institutions and governmental agencies.


The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institute (GADRI) organized a Round Table Discussion Workshop: Towards an Integrated Disaster Risk Research Platform for Hydro-Meteorological Hazards at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 13 and 16 October 2015.

GADRI is hosted by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan.

Secretary-General

Prof. Hirokazu Tatano, Vice-Director, DPRI, Kyoto University; and
Secretary-General, GADRI

Programme Adviser

Prof. Manabu Hashimoto, Director, DPRI, Kyoto University

Committee Members

Prof. Masahiro Chigira
Prof. Ana Maria Cruz
Prof. Manabu Hashimoto
Prof. Yoshiki Ikeda
Prof. Hirohiko Ishikawa
Prof. Tomotaka Iwata
Ms. Wilma James
Dr. Sameh Ahmed Kantoush
Prof. Hiroshi Kawase
Dr. Kenji Kawaike
Dr. Yuki Matsushi
Mr. Hideki Matsuura
Ms. Ayuna Matthews
Prof. Jim Mori
Dr. Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Dr. Masamitsu Onishi
Ms. Kaoru Saeki, Manager, Publications Office
Dr. Subhajyoti Samaddar
Prof. Tetsuya Sumi
Dr. Tetsuya Takemi
Mr. Akihiro Yamate, Director of Administration, DPRI, Kyoto University
Dr. Muneta Yokomatsu
Dr. Ryokei Yoshimura

Secretariat

Ms. Wilma James, Project Activity Coordinator
Ms. Ayuna Matthews, Secretary
Mr. Hideki Matsuura, Technical Support

Contact details: secretariat-gadri@dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp

The Charter of GADRI

GADRI seeks to contribute to enhancing disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience in close collaboration with organizations around the world through sharing of information, knowledge, experiences and ideas on disaster research.


GADRI Objectives


To achieve the above purpose, GADRI has the following objectives:

  • To establish a global research network

  • To provide a research road map, and plans and organization of disaster research groups

  • To promote capacity development of disaster research institutes and enhance researcher and student exchange

  • To promote exchange and sharing of data and information for scientific research across the globe

  • To serve as an advocacy organization to speak with one voice in an effort to influence decision-making processes.

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Following the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), advances have been made in the application of damage reduction principles, but many challenges remain as seen by the continued increase in disaster losses. Also, the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with support from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), has pointed out the need to better link sustainable development and climate change efforts towards a common goal of harmonious living with nature and our planet. The Framework explicitly calls for coordinated efforts by the scientific community to deepen the understanding of disaster risks, promote evidence-based implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, and transfer and disseminate scientific knowledge and technologies in support of decision making processes.


Building on these, participants of the "2nd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Development of a Research Road Map for the Next Decade," met to in March 2015 at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University to discuss how the disaster research institutes can contribute to disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years in accordance with the goals of the Sendai Framework.


The outcome of the discussion was the establishment of the "Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)." GADRI is a forum for sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters and is a network of networks guided by organizational values for disaster risk reduction that are reflected in the GADRI Charter.