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> Committee on Networking

Chair: Prof. Charles Scawthorn

Co-chair: Ms. Ritsuko Yamazaki-Honda

Members of the Committee:

  • Prof. Charles Scawthorn, PEER, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Ms. Ritsuko Yamazaki-Honda, NIED, Japan
  • Dr. Walter Ammann, Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • Prof. Mark Benthien, USC/SCEC, USA
  • Prof. Gretchen Kalonji, IRDR, Sichuan University, China


Committee on Networking of GADRI

The Committee on Networking of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes ("the Committee") exists to foster communication and exchanges that promote disaster research, resilience and risk reduction. The Committee fosters this networking by recommending policy and guidance, whereas GADRI (e.g., special purpose GADRI committees, the Secretariat and/or staff) will create and maintain networking activities via channels, vehicles and other modalities. Networking shall be facilitated both within GADRI as well as between GADRI and the many other existing networks at regional and global scale working in the risk and disaster field.

The Committee's Principles for GADRI networking are:

  1. GADRI Member Institutes and their staffs should seek to promote disaster research, resilience and risk reduction via communication and exchange with both GADRI Member Institutes and the larger world. That is, networking should be both intra-GADRI and with entities external to GADRI ranging from international agencies, organizations (including non-governmental organizations) to sovereign national governments and agencies, press and media, leading thinkers and policymakers and the general population.
  2. GADRI network activities shall seek to be inter- and trans-disciplinary, that is, inclusive of involvement from research disciplines (natural, social, medical, economic, engineering, ecological sciences, etc.).
  3. GADRI networking will be fostered in various ways:
    1. At the GADRI Member Institution level - networking at the GADRI Member Institution level may take many forms, for example cooperative research programs, joint research, exchange of individual researchers, webinars or other colloquia involving two or more GADRI Member Institutes, and so on.
    2. at the personal level - this involves promoting researcher-to-researcher communication and exchange.
    3. via outreach to international public/private financing, insurance, donor, development, humanitarian and similar organizations, to strengthen rapid implementation of knowledge into applicable know-how.