Project Profile: Re-Energize DR3

Re-Energize Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development


Principal Investigators: Catalina Spataru, University College London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Partners: Felix Dodds, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America (the)
Manta Devi Nowbuth, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Muhammad Imran, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Pierluigi Siano, University of Salerno, Italy
Tomoya Shibayama, Waseda University, Japan
Yaw Agyeman Boafo, University of Ghana, Ghana
Sponsors: Italy (CNR)
Japan (JST)
Qatar (QNRF)
United Kingdom (UKRI)
United States (NSF)


Full Project Title: Re-Energize Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development
Full Call Title: DR32019


Project Objective: The proposed research will support developing and developed states to build adaptive governance capabilities that will embed equitable disaster risk reduction and resilience in development planning and development programmes. We emphasize the importance of community involvement in disaster risk management planning and the role of legal principles and institutions in reducing asymmetries in knowledge and power within a society. In conditions of post-normal science, where facts and indicators are uncertain and values are disputed, there is need for a normative-institutional approach involving diverse stakeholders and the ponderation of legal principles.

Our nexus-informed methodological approach combines artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) within a transdisciplinary research agenda. It will transform qualitative and quantitative data into actionable insights and inspire a new breed of disaster reduction governance. The project will do this by creating and applying an open-access tool, systematically eliciting expert views to contribute evidence to governments' plans for disaster risk reduction, and developing response processes that integrate a normative institutional approach to support the legitimacy of any given intervention of policies intended to enhance the resilience of communities. This project will thereby develop innovative and implementable strategies and technologies to help reduce disaster risk and enhance societal coping capabilities.

Appropriate policies and adaptive governance mechanisms will be discussed and negotiated with disaster planners, vulnerable communities and other stakeholders. International workshops and will ensure that lessons are learnt from case studies and that best practices are identified, maximising knowledge exchange. The transdisciplinary outputs and guidelines will thus support decision-makers and communities to advance equitable disaster risk reduction through effective management of pre- and post- disaster risks placing vulnerable communities at the centre of all efforts.
Call Objective: The Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience (DR3) call responds to the growing need for assessment and reduction of disaster risk, collaborative co-design of resilience strategies with a breadth of stakeholders, and scientifically and technologically enhanced responses to disasters. In the context of this call, disasters are framed as extreme environmental events that negatively impact coupled human-natural systems. The generation of these events may have natural and/or anthropogenic causes.


Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian Ocean, North America
Countries: Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Qatar, United Kingdom, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 37
Call Date: 5 March 2019
Project Award Date: 04 June 2020