Developing an innovative disaster resilience framework with universities as key agents – the value of consolidating international expertise

Sulkowski, Nadine ORCID: 0000-0001-7182-7468, Towers, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-2582-2241 and Fuller, Michael (2024) Developing an innovative disaster resilience framework with universities as key agents – the value of consolidating international expertise. In: International Interdisciplinary Conference on Green Development in Tropical Regions. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 1306 (1). Institute of Physics, Bristol, Art 012047.

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Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the higher education sector has seen an expansion of universities’ expertise from being providers of education, research and knowledge transfer to providers of crisis response capacity for partners and stakeholders. Prior to that, nascent approaches towards delivering disaster mitigation and response capability through community training and volunteering were seen across universities located in areas prone to natural disasters. This leads to the purpose of the paper, which is to address initiatives required to enhance the role of the higher education sector in disaster resilience. Specifically, in relation to driving national policy-making and disaster management activities at the local level, high levels of decentralisation prevent effective interventions by central government bodies. Based on an inductive approach, the methods used were informed by an initial fact-finding exercise and a series of roundtable discussions involving senior higher education and disaster resilience experts from across Indonesia and Europe. Building on the four theoretical perspectives, expert opinions then informed the conceptual development of an innovative and scalable disaster resilience framework. Within the higher education sector, this integrates conventional streams of university activity, such as curriculum development, research, innovation, knowledge transfer and networking, with a contextually adapted and appropriate disaster mitigation and response capability.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community training; Bottom-up approach; Disaster management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD60 Social responsibility in business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Nadine Sulkowski
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 12:59
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 10:00

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