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> Committee on Advocacy

Chair: Prof. Rajib Shaw

Co-chair: Prof. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala

Members of the Committee:

  • Prof. Rajib Shaw, Fujisawa Campus, Keio University, Japan
  • Prof. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, UNAM, Mexico
  • Prof. Sumit Sen, IIT, Roorkee, India
  • Prof. Ortwin Renn, IASS, Potsdam, Germany
  • Prof. Kaoru Takara, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-kan), Kyoto University, Japan
  • Prof. Charles Scawthorn, PEER, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Prof. Hirokazu Tatano, Secretary-General, GADRI; DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Dr. Elisabeth Krausmann, EC-JRC, Italy
  • Dr. Chipo Muchavanhu, AADRI, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe

Concept Note

Committee on Advocacy of GADRI

Where is the gap in advocacy?

  • Balancing interest and demand: We do advocacy based on "our" [researcher's] interest
  • Gap identification: Need to change our mindset to understand the gaps, both at the policy as well as grassroots level
  • Last and first mile: The so-called "last-mile" [where we put us, the researcher as Mile Zero and community as the last mile] needs to be the "first mile" [where we start from the needs and priorities both at the policy and practice level]
  • Youth led innovation: Generation Z [who have been born with internet] has a different mindset for innovation, which need to be explored


  • Regional advocacy: While global advocacy is important, the actual advocacy actions happen in regional and national level: focus on regional GADRI like SAADRI (south Asia) as well as other regional nodes
  • National advocacy: Strengthening national nodes through knowledge and evidence resources
  • Thematic advocacy: need to be specific on thematic issues like: water management, urban resilience, eco-DRR, blue-green infra, critical infra etc. : need to prioritize some specific areas

Youth involvement

  • GADRI needs to have its specific youth brigade for research and innovation
  • Can collaborate with existing youth led initiatives like U-Inspire
  • Provide innovation ecosystem for youth participation and leadership

Media and communication

  • Need to provide specific advocacy message for policy and practice
  • Co-design the message with science communication
  • Work closely with different types of media and generate media and advocacy strategy