THINKlab SEMINAR SERIES ON LOCAL RISK, RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE PLANNING
“Advancing interdisciplinary disaster risk reduction”
Thursday 7th December 2017, 14:00 – 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Collins, Northumbria University
Venue: THINKlab, Maxwell Building, the University of Salford, M5 4WT
THINKlab is pleased to welcome Professor Andrew Collins to deliver a special lecture on “Advancing interdisciplinary disaster risk reduction”.
Andrew is a Professor of Disaster and Development and elected Co-Chair of UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR) (www.ukadr.org). He also leads the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI).
Andrew’s research interests are the theoretical, methodological and policy aspects of disaster reduction, health ecology, sustainable development, adaptive capacity and human security in contexts of crises. This engages interlinked issues of environment and society, population displacement, risk, governance, education, environmental and disaster management internationally. He has applied this more focally to health, disease and community based strategies. His work responds to demands for societal and scientific rebalancing in changing environments. He advocates addressing hazard, risk, disaster, complex emergency and humanitarianism in an interdisciplinary and cross sector manner emphasising public rights and participation. Overall objectives include moving beyond resilience and survivability to health and wellbeing at multiple levels of disaster or development, including in relation to climate change. Prior to his role from an academic base, Andrew’s orientation in this field had developed through a variety of roles including extended voluntary service in wartime Mozambique. He regularly serves on high level advisory, review and commissioning boards for national and international organisations, conferences and research funding bodies.