We lead and have representation on many of the built environment field’s most distinguished and influential international networks and committees. These appointments demonstrate the high standing of our work among peers and major stakeholders. They also position us to engage globally with: key development agencies; local, regional and central government; universities and other higher education and further education bodies; and, employers, industry and professional bodies. In doing so, we believe that we are able to direct and influence future policy and the research agenda.
CDR, in collaboration with the European Union Centre RMIT University orgnaised a Policy Briefing Forum on “ Research Needs For Disaster Resilience & Development” on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at the RMIT City Campus, Melbourne, Australia.
The scale of disaster fatalities and economic losses across the Asia-Pacific region are sobering to Australians for whom the experience of frequent drought, bushfire, cyclones and floods seem to almost define aspects of our national character. Yet, we measure the cost of the many disasters we experience in single digit percentages of GDP and even lower percentage reductions in social and economic development – while across the region, disasters are major constraints on development and can undermine decades of development planning and infrastructure.
Within this context, the purpose of this Policy Briefing is to consider ways in which Australian and European expertise in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and disaster management can be shared with communities and countries in our region.
In particular, we explored the research needs for DRR and disaster management in the region. The policy briefing enabled EU and Australian researchers and policy makers with expertise to identify research needs for Disaster Resilience & Development. The Briefing was designed to bring diverse points of view together so as to crystallise information needs and, where appropriate, policy implications.
The key speakers at this Briefing were Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor Richard Haigh, both from the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK. Dilanthi presented on “Policy Options and Research Needs for Disasters and its reduction: Creating Disaster Resilient Cities”. Related policy briefing can be found here. Richard emphasised the Research needs for disasters and development: Interdisciplinary working to increase societal resilience to disasters.
Linking with the policy briefing , there was also a Workshop on Communication Research Needs for Building Societal Resilience, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and a discussion on Challenges in Managing Housing Needs in Post-Conflict Housing Reconstruction.
Further, a Briefing Note on Outcomes and Policy Implications of the 2011 International Conference on Building Resilience: Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, was prepared and launched.
Further, CDR’s Dr Chaminda Pathirage was a member of the Committee of Building the bridges between universities and communities: A Regional Policy Dialogue - conference organised by the University Grants Commission, Bangladesh (UGC) for the Bangladesh Vice Chancellors and coordinated by the British Council.