“Disasters and Development” Working Group

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EADI Webinar on Citizenship and Civil Society in Development

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22 Jun 2018

The first webinar of the Civil Society and Citizenship in Development Working Group invites everyone interested to join the session (and the group) and share approaches and ideas.

Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018)

Read more: Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018) (external link)
15 Jun 2018

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosts and brings together partners at UvA and other locations in the Netherlands, which work on sustainable development. More information (programme, panels etc.) are available online.

About this Working Group

Disasters are processes which take place within complex socio-cultural contexts. Thus the WG welcomes multi-disciplinarity and invites the participation of social and natural scientists and those working in humanitarian organizations who are interested in the broad range of issues that disasters involve.  The WG is also concerned to promote the links between academics, practitioners and policy makers. It is especially concerned that the significance of disasters is increasing with climate change, but there is lack of clarity on how to link climate risks and adaptation with development processes. Given the importance of climate change, this will be a major concern, since it will both increase vulnerability to all types of hazards as well as increasing the frequency and/or intensity of climate hazards. However, the focus of the group is on all types of natural hazards, with climate change forming the background to a significant shift in the balance of types of disasters and complex linkages with development (since carbon-intensive development will increase climate change and climate hazards).

Aim

At present there is no institutionalized European network of researchers who are working on disasters and development. The main aim of this group is to build up a network of institutes and individuals to exchange information, hold working group seminars, discuss and circulate research in progress, and, possibly, publish completed research. The group intends to influence institutions that currently deal with disaster risk reduction (DRR) in order to promote the integration of disasters with development, including the context of climate change.

Expected output

  • The formation of a strong durable research network
  • Annual WG seminars leading to possible publications
  • Initial WG seminar: Copenhagen, 1st quarter 2012

Convenor

Andrew Crabtree

Institute of Intercultural Management and Leadership, Copenhagen Business School

ac.ikl@cbs.dk

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