Welcome to the website of the ANDROID disaster resilience network. ANDROID is an Erasmus academic network that aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education to increase society’s resilience to disasters of human and natural origin.
The network’s teaching and research is concerned with what resilience is, what it means to society, and how societies might achieve greater resilience in the face of increasing threats from natural and human induced hazards. The network will create a European approach that will help us understand the attributes that enable physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems to adapt, by resistance or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. The network will also raise awareness and promote a common understanding among stakeholders of the importance of disaster resilience education and the essential role of European HEIs in improving society’s ability to increase disaster resilience.
The third annual conference of the ANDROID disaster resilience network and third meeting of the ANDROID consortium will be held in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, in MediaCityUK, Salford, UK. Full details on the event can be found at www.buildresilience.org.
The risks and vulnerabilities exposed by natural hazards and disasters are on the rise globally, and the impacts are severe and widespread: extensive loss of life, particularly among vulnerable members of a community; economic losses, hindering development goals; destruction of the built and natural environment, further increasing vulnerability; and, widespread disruption to local institutions and livelihoods, disempowering the local community. Rising population and infrastructures, particularly in urban areas, has significantly increased disaster risk, amplified the degree of uncertainty, challenged emergency arrangements and raised issues regarding their appropriateness.
What is becoming equally apparent, however, is the importance of resilience - not only in the structures that humans design and build, but in the way society perceives, copes with, and reshapes lives after the worst has happened: to use change to better cope with the unknown.
Despite resilience having been widely adopted in research, policy and practice to describe the way in which they would like to reduce our society's susceptibility to the threat posed by such hazards, there is little consensus regarding what resilience is, what it means to society, and perhaps most importantly, how societies might achieve greater resilience in the face of increasing threats from natural and human induced hazards.
All full papers will be subject to double blind peer review. Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Elsevier's Economics & Finance Procedia and made available with open access on www.sciencedirect.com in perpetuity.
Volume 1, Issue 3 of the new ANDROID Exchange newsletter is now available to download from our publications section of this website. This issues includes
This issue begins with an introduction to the roadmap for european education in developing societal resilience to disasters, a key output of the ANDROID network, planned for release in 2014. The roadmap will bring together results from other ANDROID activities, including two survey projects and research special interest groups. It is expected that roadmap will set an agenda for educational policy in the field. The article includes details about the roadmap and the related inputs, as well as information on how you can contribute to this important activity.
The issue also includes details of our successful first annual ANDROID conference, which took place in the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia in October 2012. Later in the issue, two important upcoming events are also announced: the ANDROID doctoral school, which will be held in online and residential forms, and the second annual ANDROID conference, to be held in Cyprus in October 2013. Please make a note of these events and their corresponding dates as they are both important activities in the coming year.
As usual, we have updates from two of our regular contributors to Exchange: the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign and the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Both are important partners for the network and we encourage you to explore recent developments.
WP5 aims to establish the current teaching and research capacity among European HEIs in the field. In order to achieve this, WP5 will develop an inventory of disaster resilience related education programmes currently being undertaken within Europe. The inventory will capture teaching and research programmes covering the full scope of disaster resilience education from applied, human, social and natural sciences at European HEIs. The WP is expected to use the network as a source for primary and secondary research. Initially, the WP5 Working Group will survey partner institutions as these are expected to make up a significant portion of current education capacity within Europe. With the assistance of the network partners in 29 European countries, those HEIs not currently within the network will also be contacted to contribute to the inventory, thereby providing a comprehensive picture across Europe. The WP5 Working Group has designed a suitable survey instrument to collect data and populate the inventory. The Working Group has make use of data collection instruments available in the ANDROID virtual network, thereby minimising costs. An electronic version of the inventory will be published in year 2, while the results will also contribute to the roadmap for European Education in Developing Societal Resilience to Disasters (WP9) to be published in year 3. The results of the survey will also be published in at least one peer reviewed journal (WP9).
ANDROID is undertaking a survey to establish the current teaching and research capacity among European Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the disaster resilience field. The survey can be found at this website.
Please complete this survey even if no disaster resilience courses are offered at your HEI, so that we can form a picture of coverage in Europe. If your HEI offers more than one course covering disaster resilience, please complete a separate survey for each course.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:54
It is with great pleasure that the ANDROID network is announcing its 2nd annual conference to be held on 24th and 25th October 2013, in Limassol, Cyprus. The conference will be a great opportunity to bring together the 67 network partners from 31 countries. During the conference, developments and results from each work-package will be presented and the network members will get the chance to discuss developments in the Android project and exchange ideas in a round table format, participate in workshops and work-package group meetings. Partners will also have the opportunity to present their work in the disaster resilience field, following abstract submission. Further details can be found in this downloadable PDF summary.