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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

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IHRR annual conference

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College


IHRR is holding a day of events to mark The International Day for Disaster Reduction. This day was started in 1989, following a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13th October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

As internationally-recognised leaders in developing resilient, research-informed approaches to hazard and risk, IHRR are marking The International Day for Disaster Reduction by showcasing our research.

Existing research projects (15-minute presentations, 5-minute questions)

08:45 – 09:00 Welcome by Prof. Louise Bracken, Executive Director

09:00 – 09:20 Sim Reaney: Flood Hazards in Nepal: Sources, models and mitigation

09.20 - 09.40 David Toll: Using soil to engineer solutions to natural hazards

09.40 - 10.00 Hanna Ruszczyk: Reconceptualizing urban risk

10.00 – 10.20 Claire Horwell: Health interventions in volcanic eruptions

10.20 – 10.40 Alex Densmore & Katie Oven: The use of science in earthquake risk reduction: reflections from Nepal

10.40 – 11.00 Ed Llewellin: Lava flows on Kilauea - a disaster in slow-motion

11:00 – 11:30 Tea and coffee

11:30 – 11:50 Nick Rosser: Landslides, earthquakes and time consequences

11:50 – 12:10 Pete Talling: Submarine geohazards and new seabed monitoring techniques

12.10 – 12:30 Louise Bracken: The Water Hub –innovation and practical application around water

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

PhD Scholars (5-minute presentations, 5-minute questions)

13:30 – 13:40 Sheena Ramkumar: Developing simple rules for hazard mitigation

13:40 – 13:50 Katy Burrows: Detecting landslides triggered by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake using satellite radar

13:50 – 14:00 Erwin Nugraha: Resilience governmentality: Rationality, apparatus and subjectivity in building urban resilience in Indonesia

14.00 – 14.10 Chandika Shrestha:The Geography of post-disaster health: Spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors after the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal

14.10 – 14.20 Eleftheria Vavadaki: Financial instruments for natural hazards in developing countries

14.20 – 14.30 Ed Rollason: Communicating flood risk differently

14.30 – 14.40 Ayushman Bhagat: Human trafficking: Think again?

14:40 – 14:50 Samprada Pradhan: Impacts on road construction on landsliding in Nepal

14.50 - 15.20 Tea and coffee

17:30 – 18:30 Drinks reception

18:30 – 19:30 Keynote Lecture: Colin McQuistan, Practical Action

Emerging agendas for policy and practice in disaster reduction

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