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‘Disaster Risk Reduction: The Search for Understanding’

‘Disaster Risk Reduction: The Search for Understanding’

Disaster risk, impact and response expert, Professor David Alexander was the keynote speaker at the S-HELP Final Event, on Friday 27th January 2017. The event was organised by Future Analytics Consulting (FAC) and was held at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin to showcase the results of the FP7 project, in addition to hosting experts in the area of emergency management and providing a forum for discussion about the future of European research.

 

Professor Alexander’s presentation – Disaster Risk Reduction; The Search for Understanding explored the current state of disaster risk reduction and how to cope with dynamic change, with a focus on emergency medicine and cascading disasters. It discussed our changing world, and the human misery caused by poverty, disease, conflict, displacement and disaster, as well as the topic of mass migration (forced, induced and voluntary), and its causes and effects within the sphere of disaster risk reduction.

 

He theorised that the key to interpreting disasters lies in understanding the wider questions of poverty and inequality, and that established power structures leave some groups incredibly vulnerable to their effects. Climate change adaptation, disaster response and mitigation and displacement and migration are all interlinked, and are taking us to a threshold where human mobility will become more central and important. The presentation concluded with the prediction that our resilience to disasters and hazards will require an integrated response from political, organisational, social and technical systems.

 

Other guest speakers at the event were Dr Lokesh Joshi, of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Dr Michael Murphy of Enterprise Ireland, and Jonathan Middleton of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), who gave the audience their unique perspectives on the European research space. Dr Andrew Pope and Dr Simon Woodworth (UCC-BIS) presented a demonstration and walkthrough of the S-HELP system and tools. The speakers were introduced by Dr Peter Daly (HSE) whose experience and knowledge of the emergency management sector enabled him to provide context and insight for each part of the event.

 

FAC has been involved with several FP7 and H2020 research projects. Call us on 01 639 4836 or email info@futureanalytics.ie to find out more.