“Disasters and Development” Working Group
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).
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.
- The formation of a strong durable research network
- Annual WG seminars leading to possible publications
- Initial WG seminar: Copenhagen, 1st quarter 2012