Drs Brewer, Giggins and von Meding recently travelled to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the International Disaster Risk Conference 2014. The group hosted a special session on slow-onset disasters and participated widely in sessions and the poster exhibition area.
Drs Thayaparan and Brewer just returned from the International Building Resilience Conference 2014, in Salford, UK, where they presented work from the research group and officially announced that UoN will host the 2015 Building Resilience Conference from 15-17 July 2015. Abstracts are due by 1st December 2014.
The REACT Network will formally convene in China in October, when Drs Brewer, Thayaparan and Kanjanabootra travel to Beijing along with delegates from Ming Chuan University. Beijing Normal University will host and facilitate a range of activities during the 1 week visit.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr Mackee and Dr von Meding were recently successful in obtaining $21,500 for a proposal entitled 'Disaster resilience and professional practice in developing countries: The Chinese Experience' as part of the UoN Student Mobility Scheme. This project will enable Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction students to undertake travel to China in 2015.
New PhD Scholars
In the past few months, the group has welcomed two new doctoral students to the team. Dieu Chinh Luu is a lecturer at the National University of Civil Engineering in Hanoi, Vietnam, and has commenced work on a project investigating the relationship of the hydropower industry in Vietnam to national flood risk mitigation. Giuseppe Forino arrives from Italy to undertake a second PhD (a glutton for punishment) and will be studying the role of the minerals sector in the governance of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.