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IHRR Annual Conference 2022 full programme

This conference theme tackles the vital issue of what governments and institutions need to do before and after disasters. What more should be done in the planning process to build capacity and resilience? What more can be improved in the response to disasters that will help to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those affected?

Over these two days we will bring together a range of perspectives from across disciplines to address multiple hazards, their associated risks and discuss how to plan for a resilient future. We will consider multiple forms of resilience building – including hazard mapping, spatial planning, early warning systems and policy change – as well as opportunities to improve the initial emergency response and subsequent rebuilding of communities and infrastructure.




12th October 2022

14:00 - 19:15 (BST)


Hybrid (Zoom) Workshop

If attending in person all sessions are held in Van Mildert College.


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"The Future of Cash Assistance & the Future of Humanitarian Aid to People on the Move"

Dr Lauren Martin & Dr Hanna Ruszczyk, Durham University GLiTCH project.


14:00 – 14.05       Welcome & Introductions from Dr Carly Beckerman, Executive Director                      (Interim), IHRR


14:05 – 14:50       Keynote speaker


                              Dr Martina Tazzioli


“The automated gate let me go out, but I feel in prison”: rethinking control over refugees through and beyond technological disruptions


14:50 – 15:00       Break


15:00 – 16:00       Where can digital cash assistance lead us? 

Digital cash assistance has become mainstreamed as the main modality of humanitarian assistance. In this session we ask panellists: What do you think are the sources of tension and opportunities in the next three – five years for the sector regarding digitalisation, cash and the localisation agenda?  What do you find exciting and what do you worry about?



Karen Peachey, CALP Network

Hanna Mattinen, UNHCR

Marvin Parvez, Community World Service Asia/Alliance for empowering partnership (A4EP)

Liz Hendry, Norwegian Refugee Council


16:00 – 16:15     break


16:15 – 17:15     What does a post humanitarian future look like?

We question the complexities, the shadows that prevent us from seeing and listening to possibilities where we can create a better future, a post humanitarian future where the power dynamics are more equitable and just. Recent advances in humanitarian aid are being facilitated by technology and digital connectivity (i.e., digital cash and biometric data). Where this may lead the sector and its relationships with beneficiaries, with national governments, with organisations and with the private sector is being explored. Six years after the Grand Bargain, there are possibilities for multiple futures. In this session, we ask our panellists: How do you define a post humanitarian future? What do you think the (post) humanitarian future looks like?



Juliet Parker, ALNAP  

Dr Kathryn Taetzsch, World Vision

Patrick Saez, ODI Humanitarian Policy Group

Dr Will Plowright, Durham University

Dr Bina D’Costa, Australian National University


17:15 – 17:30     break


17:30 – 17:35     Introduction from Professor Karen O’Brien, VC


17:35 – 18:30     Keynote Lecture


Mr David Shukman

Reporting from the climate frontlines


18:30 – 19:15     Drinks reception


19:15 Dinner (invited guests only)



13th October 2022

10:00 - 18:00 (BST)


10:00 – 10:15     Welcome by Dr Carly Beckerman (Interim) Executive Director, IHRR


10:15 – 11:00     Keynote Lecture


Mr Colin McQuistan, Practical Action

“Building Resilience”


11:00 – 11:30     Building Resilience – Chair Dr Sim Reaney, Co-Director, IHRR


Dr Sim Reaney – Building a hyper-local, community driven, flood early warning system


Professor Julian Williams & Professor Frank Krauss – JUNE - open-source individual-based epidemics model


11:30 – 11:45   Break


11.45 – 12.15      Lightening Talks – Professor David Toll, Co-Director, IHRR


Mr Ivo Pink, PhD Student, IHRR - Predicting future floods from climate ensembles


Dr Aaron Neill, PDRA, IHRR – Tracing source areas of hydrological hazards to optimise spatially-targeted mitigation: A multi-agent approach


Dr Rebekah Harries, PDRA, IHRR - Impact of climate change on catchment connectivity and sediment mobility


Ms Ellen Robson, PDRA, IHRR - Slope stability in lower-income countries


12:15 - 13:00      Keynote Lecture


Apiniti Jotisankasa, Kasetsart University, Thailand

“Bio-slope engineering: a community-led nature-based solution for sustainable slopes in Thailand”


13:00 - 13:45      Lunch


13:45 - 14:45      Event Response - Chair Dr Carly Beckerman, (Interim) Executive Director, IHRR


Dr Elizabeth Kahn, SGIA - Human Rights, Social Structure & Security


Dr Hanna Ruszczyk, Geography - Changing architecture of urban governance


Ms Laura Dobson, Civil Contingencies Officer, Durham County Council – Building community resilience since Storm Arwen


14:45 – 15:30     Keynote Lecture


Professor Bruce Malamud, Kings College London

Challenges facing our understanding of natural hazards: A natural hazard community perspective


15:30 – 15:45   Break


15:45 - 16:15    After Disasters Network – Chair Dr Carly Beckerman, (Interim) Executive Director, IHRR


Mrs Kate Cochrane, Professor in Practice, IHRR – After Disasters – building a Network to support what happens next


Mr Neil Denton, Professor in Practice, IHRR - Sea walls won't save us, building bridges might


16:15 – 16:45     Panel Discussion and reflections. Chaired by Dr Carly     Beckerman, (Interim) Executive Director, IHRR


16:45 - 17:00    Closing note from Dr Carly Beckerman, (Interim) Executive Director, IHRR


17:00 - 18:00    Drinks reception


18:30                  Conference dinner (invited guests only)


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