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Disaster Management Centre
Bournemouth University

Poole
United Kingdom

Outline
Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) is a leading national and international centre on crisis and disaster management in the UK, and a fully designated Research, Knowledge and Enterprise (RKE) centre of Bournemouth University.

Established since 2001, the Centre has secured an international reputation for its work in research informed (R) knowledge (K), enterprise and professional practice delivery (E), with a particular international renown for excellence for 'in country' knowledge transfer. The Centre's has achieved major success in securing research informed professional practice contracts in Oman, Ghana, Nepal, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Croatia, Sri Lanka and Nigeria, complemented by UK contracts that are regularly delivered to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and also include innovative market operations with the UK Independent School sector. The Centre also works closely with the private sector both in the UK and abroad.


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British Geological Survey
Natural Environment Research Council

Nottingham
United Kingdom

Outline
The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes.

It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge to help society to:

  • use its natural resources responsibly
  • manage environmental change
  • be resilient to environmental hazards

The British Geological Survey is a part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is its principal supplier of national capability in geoscience.

It advances understanding of the structure, properties and processes of the solid Earth system through interdisciplinary surveys, monitoring and research for the benefit of society.

It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge for wealth creation, sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change.

We are a world-leading geoscience centre for:

  • survey and monitoring
  • modelling and research
  • data and knowledge

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Cabot Institute, University of Bristol

Bristol
United Kingdom

Outline
The Cabot Institute, the University of Bristol's first flagship cross-disciplinary research institute, conducts world-leading research on the challenges arising from how we live with, depend on and affect our planet. It is rooted in a recognition of social and environmental challenges but inspired by the spirit of exploration personified by John Cabot (Zuan Caboto) and the City of Bristol.

Our main themes focus on the six major issues at the centre of the human-planetary relationship: global environmental change, food, waterand energy security, natural hazards and future cities and communities.

Each of these Themes comprises dozens of academics from disciplines spanning the entire university and partners from government, industry, civil organisations and the public. Within each Theme we harness world-leading strength in risk and uncertainty assessment, modelling and big data analysis (underpinned by £4M investment in high performance computing), and expertise in knowledge co-production, security and governance.

Crucially, the Cabot Institute brings these Themes - each vibrant in its own right - together. These are strongly interconnected challenges; and interconnected challenges require integrated solutions. The inclusion of a Future Cities theme is a unique feature of the Cabot Institute, arising from our strong partnership with the city of Bristol (European Green Capital 2015) and a recognition that addressing global environmental challenges must be based on a robust understanding of how we live.


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Evidence Aid

Oxford
United Kingdom

Outline

Those affected by, or at risk of, disasters and conflict have a right to receive humanitarian aid or disaster risk reduction support in the most timely, effective and appropriate way possible. To achieve this we need to know what works and what doesn't, and to ensure our actions and decisions are based on evidence. Evidence Aid aims to inspire and enable those guiding the humanitarian and DRR sectors to apply an evidence-based approach in their activities and decisions. We will stimulate and satisfy an increasing demand for evidence related to health outcomes, to improve the impact of humanitarian and DRR aid and contribute to a humanitarian and DRR sector where the evidence based approach will be used when and where appropriate.

Evidence Aid has successfully engaged in seven systematic reviews for the World Health Organization (details on request), a priority setting exercise (http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/dis-13-0023-prioritization-of-themes-and-research-questions-for-health-outcomes-in-natural-disasters-humanitarian-crises-or-other-major-healthcare-emergencies/) and a Delphi study (http://www.evidenceaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Report-of-Round-1-of-Policy-Delphi-2016-08-22-FINAL1.pdf). In collaboration with Virginia Murray, Evidence Aid successfully co-organised a side event during the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, addressing issues around evidence dissemination and publication. Afterwards Evidence Aid became a Sendai Framework Science and Technology partner to ensure continuing engagement. For 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation - http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/), Evidence Aid founder Mike Clarke, contributed to a scoping study to analyse the evidence base of evaluations in humanitarian assistance (http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/publications/3ie-scoping-paper-series/3ie-scoping-paper-1/). All these activities somehow contribute of a more evidence based approach, but not all are convinced this is needed or the best way forward. Evidence Aid will continue to try to convince people that there is a need for more robust evidence and advocate for a more evidence based approach to DRR.


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Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)
University College of London


London
United Kingdom

Outline

Reducing the impact of disasters globally presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action. The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) brings together the wealth of knowledge and expertise across the university, and through research, teaching, public engagement and knowledge exchange aims to improve the understanding of risk and overcome the barriers to increasing resilience to disasters.


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.

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.

The IRDR, with its new academic staff, many jointly appointed with key UCL departments, its rapidly growing trans-disciplinary PhD research centre, integrative masters teaching, programme of public events and partnerships with humanitarian, financial, research and civil protection organisations, seeks to bring together this diverse expertise at UCL.

We aim to maximise the impact and value of UCL activities and to increase and enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation globally.

We are part of the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.



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Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC)
School of Art Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield

Huddersfield
United Kingdom

Outline

What would it be like to live in a world in which government authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society that is able to withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats? At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre we are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen.

The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is committed to excellence in research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

With growing population and infrastructures, the world's exposure to hazards is increasing. When disaster strikes, communities may need to be rebuilt physically economically and socially. At the same time, it is vital that any reconstruction activity pro-actively considers how to protect people and their environment, and reduce a community's vulnerability.

The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is part of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In November 2013, the University of Huddersfield was awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year. The University excels in enterprise and innovation and in 2012, was named the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

We:

  • Excel in research within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Lead international research that has a global reach and impact
  • Edit the International Journal of Disaster Resilience n the Built Environment Journal (SCOPIS indexed)
  • Constantly publish our research - internationally outstanding, displaying a very high level of originality, significance and rigour, innovative and potentially agenda setting
  • Are a key partner of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign and are members of its steering committee
  • Act as Advocates of UNISDR
  • Are a UNHABITAT University
  • Provide leadership to our international conferences on building resilience
  • Lead ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network
  • Provide leadership for capacity building activities globally
  • Have a friendly and supporting research environment
  • Make a difference with research in the real world
  • Have a thriving postgraduate researcher community

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Disaster and Development Network (DDN)
Department of Geography
Northumbria University

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
United Kingdom

Outline
The Disaster and Development Network (DDN) aims to develop through research, teaching and learning, the knowledge and skills to address hazards, disasters and complex emergencies from the perspective of different development debates and experience.

The Network undertakes research, teaching and learning activities that encompass disaster reduction, sustainable development and resilience building. By necessity an inter-disciplinary field of inquiry, disaster and development studies address human security and wellbeing for individuals, groups and institutions in contexts of current and potential crises.

Northumbria University launched the DDN in 2004 in association with its acclaimed postgraduate programme in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development. Our work has included research, enterprise, capacity building activities across 25 countries for multiple national, international and local organisations. This includes regularly hosting and participating in major events associated with this field in locations around the world.



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Overseas Development Institute


London
United Kingdom

Outline

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

ODI's Risk and Resilience Programme delivers high quality research, analysis and policy advice on the distribution of risk, impacts of climate, weather extremes and other hazards on development, and the political economy of resilience strategies.

  • ODI's policy advice and outreach has supported governments, donors, and practitioners across the world to improve the uptake of risk management and resilience-building approaches. In addition to bespoke advice and projects ODI have achieved this through our role in major networks including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
  • ODI have played (and continue to play) a critical role in promoting adaptation and resilience in post-2015 disaster, climate and development agreements, including shaping the outcomes of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Humanitarian Summit.
  • We are well known for our strong track record in knowledge dissemination, partnering, and acting as intermediaries between climate scientists, social scientists and decision-makers, including in our role as the Knowledge Manager for the BRACED programme (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) and as the lead institute for PRISE programme (Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies).
  • We also provide regular synthesis, insights and analysis which deepen and broaden knowledge of resilience across sectors and disciplines, including leading the ongoing Resilience Scan initiative.

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Public Health England


London
United Kingdom

Outline

We are an executive agency of the UK Department of Health, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support the government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

We employ 5,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals.

We have 8 local centres, plus an integrated region and centre for London, and 4 regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London).

We work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.

Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.

PHE's research within disaster risk reduction aims to ensure public health and science has a prominent role in the Sendai framework. To achieve this, PHE regularly conducts robust, evidence-based research into disaster risk reduction.

Our research is conducted on the understanding that disasters don't recognise borders, and so protecting the health and wellbeing of the UK involves a commitment research on global issues.

PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health.


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Swansea University


Swansea
United Kingdom

Outline

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.

Additionally, an ambitious Campus Development Programme is well underway - one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe.

It involves the creation of the Bay Campus, a brand new £450 million development on the eastern approach to the city, together with the transformation of our existing Singleton Park Campus.

Swansea's multicultural dual-campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime.

True to the vision of its industrial founders in 1920 Swansea University will:

Provide an environment of research excellence, with research that is world-leading, globally collaborative and internationally recognised;

Deliver an outstanding student experience, with research-led and practice-driven teaching of the highest quality that produces global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement;

Use its research strength, collaboration with industry and global reach, to drive economic growth, foster prosperity, enrich the community and cultural life of Wales and, contribute to the health, leisure and wellbeing of its citizens.

You can also read more about the University's history, ambitions, and management.


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