Crisis and Disaster Risk Management
Lead: Professor Lee Bosher
Co-leads: Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett
‘Disasters’ and ‘crises’ associated with natural, human and technological systems are common place in the modern world. Accordingly, societies need to be better able to reduce the risks and prepare to cope with worst-case scenarios. The Crisis and Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) group will address the most pressing ‘crisis and disaster risk management’ challenges (i.e. the UN’s SDGs). We will develop strategic transdisciplinary research capability (within ULSB and across the University) that is needed for the sustainable enhancement of more resilient societies, commerce, and developmental practices by integrating activities across all the risk management phases. Our research will foster cutting-edge and impactful research through externally funded projects and through joint PhD supervisions. The CDRM Research Group will achieve this by working with local and national stakeholders to maximise the relevance and impacts of our work, through the following objectives:
- delivering excellent transdisciplinary research that will generate whole-system decision-support to help inform strategic decision-makers/stakeholders who are facing multiple, interacting challenges impacting societies in the UK, across Europe and globally;
- promoting scientific understanding and theoretical development of uncertainty, risk creation and complexity in the (re)development and management of resilient and sustainable societies; and
- enabling scientifically informed decision-making that can proactively address risks to society and the complex systems that society has become so reliant upon.
Balzter, H., Macul, M., Delaney, B., Tansey, K., Espirito-Santo, F., Ofoegbu, C., Petrovskii, S., Forchtner, B., Nicholes, N., Payo, E., Heslop-Harrison, P., Burns, M., Basell, L., Egberts, E., Stockley, E., Desorgher, M., Upton, C., Whelan, M. & Yildiz, A. (2023): Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Knowledge Gaps and Interdisciplinary Approaches. Sustainability 15(15):11864. https://doi.org/10.3390/su151511864
Chmutina K., Von Meding J., Lizarralde G., and Bosher L.S. (2023), ‘Standardised indicators for ‘resilient cities’: The folly of devising a technical solution to a political problem’, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, April 2023 https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-10-2022-0099
Hill B., Liang Q., Bosher L.S., Chen H. and A. Nicholson, (2023), ‘A systematic review of Natural Flood Management modelling; approaches, limitations, and potential solutions’, Journal of Flood Risk Management, e12899 https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12899
Ofoegbu, C., Balzter, H. and Phillips, M. (2023): Evidence Synthesis towards a Holistic Landscape Decisions Framework: Insight from the Landscape Decisions Programme. Preprints.org 2023, 2023061723. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202306.1723.v1
Ray-Bennett NS, Clarke K, Mendez D (2022) Sendai framework’s global targets A and B: opinions from the global platform for disaster risk reduction’s ignite stage 2019. Int J Disaster Risk Sci 13:651–663. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13753-022-00432-3
Williams S.N., Dienes K., Jaheed J., Wardman J.K., Petts J. (2023). Effectiveness of communications in enhancing adherence to public health behavioural interventions: a COVID-19 evidence review. Phil.Trans.R.Soc. A381: 20230129.https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2023.0129-
Semester 2 - Professor Ksenia Chmutina is Professor of Disaster Studies at Loughborough University, and will give a talk about why ‘Disasters are not natural’ (date tbc)
Semester 3 - Professor Duncan Shaw is Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems at the University of Manchester.
Other events, including talks by PGRs/researchers are still being planned.