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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Podcasts

Seminar - The Role of Narrative in Understanding Environmental Disasters

Professor Nick Saul reads his paper on apocalyptic eco-narratives in German literature.

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Podcast - Bovine TB Risk in Britain: Past and Present

What led to the spread of tuberculosis in cattle and badgers in Britain? This podcast narrated by Paul Ging includes interviews with Prof Peter Atkins who led two recent studies on the subject.

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Podcast - Social work and disaster intervention

Prof Lena Dominelli introduces the role of social work in disaster intervention using the example of recovery efforts during the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Prof Dominelli is a lead researcher on Project Sri Lanka at Durham University and an Associate Director of IHRR.

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Podcast - Introducing Tipping Points

Paul Ging, Communications Manager of Durham University, talks to landslide scientist, Dave Petley, and climate researcher Antony Long about the Tipping Points project.

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Video - Growing Resilience: A photo story exhibition of children surviving the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

Dr Timothy Sim with Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents a unique exhibition of photos at Durham University by young people who lived through the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Wenchuan, China.

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Video - Waking the giant: climate forcing of geological hazards

Prof Bill McGuire gives an excellent seminar presentation on the influence of climate change on geological systems. Small changes in the Earth's crust can potentially trigger large hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Prof McGuire explores the link between episodes of major climate transition and geohazards.

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Podcast - Taking an integrated approach: The MICRODIS study of the Morpeth floods

Dr Maureen Fordham from the School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Northumbria, presents the challenges faced in trying to integrate research on the social, health and economic impacts of the 2008 flood in Morpeth, Northumberland.

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Podcast - The Global Earthquake Model

Tom Killalea, who is studying for an MSc in Risk and Environmental Hazards, introduces a unique project to exchange earthquake risk information worldwide, the ‘Global Earthquake Model.’

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Podcast - Banking crises and financial legislation Part 1

In Part 1 of 2 of this podcast from the Tipping Points project, Brett Cherry talks to Prof Ranald Michie and Dr Folarin Akinbami about the effects of laws on banking in the US and UK.

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Podcast - Brownfield Land and Redevelopment

In the first part of the ROBUST podcast series Dr Steve Robertson, a research associate on ROBUST, explains what is brownfield land and how it can be redeveloped for future use.

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Podcast - Size Matters

In the second part of the ROBUST podcast series, Steve Robertson explains how small, low-value brownfield sites, and other kinds of sites, can be redeveloped.

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Podcast - Mitigating earthquake disasters in the Kashmir Valley

In the third instalment of the Risk Masters podcast series, Anna Coles, who is studying for an MSc in Risk and Environmental Hazards, gives a close look at the politics of earthquake disaster management in the Kashmir Valley.

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Podcast - Banking crises and financial legislation Part 2

Part 2 of this podcast from Tipping Points on banking crises and legislation in the UK and US.

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Podcast - Brownfield Regeneration

Karen Johnson introduces different aspects of the ROBUST project including how to remediate brownfield using recycled minerals.

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Podcast - Insurers using computer modelling to identify ‘risky clients’

Terry McClure, who is studying for an MA in Risk, Health and Public Policy, explains how some insurance companies are using computer modelling and information found on the internet to evaluate health-related risks.

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Podcast - Who should be liable for a terrorist attack?

This podcast by Isobel Johnstone, an MA student on the Risk and Security programme, investigates a pressing question for the times we live in today: who should be liable for casualties, injuries and damage caused by a terrorist attack?

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Podcast - Delivering urban landslide risk reduction in developing countries

Dr Liz Holcombe reports on an approach to deliver landslide hazard reduction measures in unplanned urban communities through MoSSaic (Management of Slope Stability in Communities) that combines science with community knowledge.

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Podcast - What is a tipping point?

How do academic researchers from the sciences and humanities define the term 'tipping point'? Find out in this thought-provoking podcast from the Tipping Points project. Music by Spectral Mystics.

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Podcast - Anticipating uncertainty, reviving risk? On the stress testing of finance in crisis

Dr Paul Langley gives an engaging seminar on the US Treasury’s Supervisory Capital Assessment Program to 'stress test' the largest American banks.

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Video - Wildfire Statistics: Implications for Risk Ecology and Government Agency

Screencast video of Dr Bruce D. Malamud's seminar on the spread of wildfires in the US that provides valuable information for how wildfires occur and how they can be better reported by government.

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Video - Only Connect: Ecogeomorphology of Land Degradation in Drylands

Seminar presentation given by Prof John Wainwright from the Dept of Geography, Durham University on land degradation in the US Southwest that focuses on how ecological connectivity influence changes in the landscape.

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Video - Adapting to Climate Change: From Resilience to Transformation

Dr Mark Pelling, one of the co-authors of the IPCC report 'Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation', reflects on the concept of transformation, its relationship with resilience and its role in resolving disaster risks from climate change in the future.

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Seminar - The pumpkin or the tiger? Or, when do you start thinking about the societal risks of research?

Dave Guston, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, at Arizona State University talks about anticipatory governance of emerging technologies and risk.

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When the Shaking Stops Part 2

Part 2 of the 'When the Shaking Stops' podcast. Dr Alex Densmore and Dr Mark Allen discuss the need for research on secondary hazards.

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Lecture - 'The More Who Die the Less We Care: Confronting Apathy Toward Mass Atrocities'

This is a screencast (video) of Prof Paul Slovic's excellent presentation given in Durham on how people become numb to mass atrocities and what can be done in response.

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Seminar - Resilience amongst ‘looked after’ children

David Divine gives an engaging seminar on the usefulness of the construct 'resilience' when looking at the childhood experience of residence in an orphanage.

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Seminar - The Feeling of Risk: New directions in Risk Perception

Prof Paul Slovic talks about how risk is linked to emotion or affect (the feeling that something is good or bad) in this highly interesting seminar.

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Seminar - Building resilience: The challenges of coastal cliff erosion

Dr Michael Lim reviews some of the ongoing contributions made by recent research to the challenges posed by coastal cliff erosion. Mike's slides are also available: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/ihrr/podcasts/Lim.pdf

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Seminar - Characterising high river flow clustering: UK analysis for insurance risk

This seminar given by Dr Emma Raven presents her research in the Institute along with other recent studies that reveal how high river flows are temporally clustered into flood-rich and flood-poor periods over decadal timescales. Emma's slides from this seminar are also available: http://bit.ly/hw3rUU

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Seminar - Are deprived neighbourhoods risky neighbourhoods to live in?

Dr Maarten van Ham from the School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews, discusses the theories behind 'neighborhood effects' and whether the social and physical environment of neighborhoods can have an influential impact on residents' life chances, more so than individual characteristics.

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Seminar - Universal banking and risk premium in financial markets

Professor Parantap Basu from the School of Economics, Finance and Business presents his research on universal banking and its role in financial risk. He will publish an update on this paper in the near future. Visit his website for more details: http://www.dur.ac.uk/parantap.basu/

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Seminar - Calibration and hypothesis testing for a model of avalanche behaviour

Dr Jonathan Rougier from the Department of Mathematics at Bristol University introduces his fascinating research in modelling avalanche behaviour.

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Robert Swan: Sustainable Leader

Robert Swan’s lecture, 'Sustainable Leader', hosted by IHRR and the Department of Geography at Durham University.

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Seminar - Risk is a futures issue: Challenging assumptions and practices

Barbara Adam, Professor of Sociology in Cardiff University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study discusses how risk is a 'futures issue.' She explains how risk is linked to time and how we might understand the future within the context of risk in contemporary society.

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Seminar - The individual in the current politics of security and risk

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas examines the transformation of the relationship between the individual and the state brought about by the contemporary politics of security and risk.

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Seminar - Healthy land engineering, public health and the regeneration of brownfield

Dr Steve Robertson, a research associate in the School of Engineering and the Institute of Hazard and Risk Research, presents the ROBUST (Regeneration of Brownfield Using Sustainable Technologies) project.

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Seminar - Predictive uncertainty in real time flood forecasting

Professor Ezio Todini from the University of Bologna discusses the use of “predictive uncertainty” in flood forecasting and water resource management, particularly when meteorological ensemble forecasts are available.

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Seminar - Well-adapted, but still extinct. Why good adaptations to global change may fail

Dr Andrew Dugmore from the University of Edinburgh discusses the choices made in Norse Greenland to develop their farming system.

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Seminar - The Spiral of Fear

Dr Hille Koskela from the University of Finland explains how the contemporary 'culture of fear' turns into a spiral of fear. Hille considers a number of aspects of fear, all manifest in today's society.

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Seminar - Children: Risks to wellbeing, resilience and developmental outcomes

This seminar presents some of the initial pilot findings from an ESRC-funded project relating to development trajectories of children with problematic sexual behaviours.

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Seminar - Governing dams and development in the Mekong: Discourses of drought, floods and fish

Professor Philip Hirsch outlines the political ecology of hazards to life and livelihood in the context of actual and proposed hydroelectric power development in the Mekong River Basin, Australia.

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Seminar - International relief aid and surviving droughts in Sri Lanka

The farming community of Sri Lanka is usually free of severe natural disasters. However, they are not completely free from natural disasters linked to mild droughts that occur from time to time. Dr. Gunatilake considers reasons for differentiated responses to severe droughts and Sri Lanka's rural poor affected by mild droughts.

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Seminar - Older persons in an ageing world: Redefining retirement

Demographic and social change in the 21st Century is creating both challenges and opportunities for older people and their roles in society. This seminar examines the changes taking place and the challenges they create. It focuses on the concept of ‘active aging in a changing society' and emphasis is given to implications for retirement policies and programs.

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Seminar - Catastrophes, Catastrophe Modelling and Catastrophe Management

This seminar discusses probabilistic catastrophe models and their use in projects worldwide to build models for earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm and flood.

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Seminar - Innovative approaches to modelling flood risk

Nick Odoni from the Dept of Geography talks about new approaches to modelling flood risk within the project 'Understanding environmental knowledge controversies.'

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When the Shaking Stops Part 1

Dr Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards Research at IHRR and Dr Mark Allen talk about the aims of the programme of research ‘When the Shaking Stops’ in Part 1 of a two-part series on secondary hazards caused by earthquakes.

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Telling stories about nanotechnology

Professor Phil Macnaghten and Dr Matthew Kearnes talk about how members of the public understand nanotechnology based on narratives or stories that have been with us long before the advent of science.

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Observing Arctic hydrology: The view from Space

Satellite-based remote sensing offers an intriguing way to address some of the limitations of field-based monitoring. This seminar explores ways in which remote observing techniques can be used to track the location, flow paths and fluxes of water in Arctic landscapes.

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