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WP4: Inter-Disciplinary Methodologies

WP4 aimed to identify and promote innovative inter-disciplinary working and co-operation among the scientific communities tackling the challenges associated with natural and human induced hazards. The complex nature of disasters, their origins, causes and consequences, has led to widespread recognition that risk reduction through increased resilience will require a multi-sectorial approach. In recognition of the need to promote and improve dialogue and cooperation among scientific communities and practitioners working on disaster risk reduction, and encourage partnerships among stakeholders, WP4 undertook a survey of inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education. This survey was developed by the ANDROID WP4 working group.

The survey aimed to identify and map on-going inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education in European Higher Education Institutions. The focus was given on the following questions in particular:

    1. How relevant is inter-disciplinary work in the area of disaster resilience?
    2. What are the main motivations for inter-disciplinary research collaborations and teaching in this area?
    3. What working practices, experiences and principles facilitate or limit inter-disciplinary collaboration? 
    4. What skill sets are required to enable inter-disciplinary collaborations?
    5. What types of resources enable inter-disciplinary collaborations?
    6. What is the role of academic institutions in promoting inter-disciplinary work?

The purpose of the survey was to collect information pertaining to existing inter-disciplinary partnerships in order to a) better understand the level of cooperation currently available in the field of disaster management and resilience, b) identify best practice models in terms of engaging stakeholders, policy makers and academics in the field of disaster resilience and c) to provide practical recommendations on the desired skill sets, resources and conditions to promote inter-disciplinary cooperation. The survey also attempted to link the questions of inter-disciplinary collaboration with the problem of promoting greater resilience in societies. The survey utilised the ANDROID network as the primary source of information viagra australia. Members of the ANDROID network as well as other individuals belonging to institutions engaged in disaster management and resilience work, either in teaching or research was asked to complete the survey. The survey collects all type of projects related to disaster resilience and supplements the survey developed by WP5 “European inventory of disaster resilience education”, which focused on teaching and educational projects in European higher educational institutions. The two surveys provided a searchable repository on research and educational projects and served as basis for understanding the state of art and practice in designing urban systems to be resilient towards natural and human induced hazards. In order to raise awareness and understanding of innovative interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching in disaster resilience education among ANDROID network and beyond, the results of the WP4 surveys have been collected and formed the basis of the report produced on good practice review of inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education. 

WP4 activities

  •  Survey of inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education. The survey link is available here.
  • Conduct seminars on inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education

WP4 deliverables 

Meetings and events

  • Seminars on inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education 


Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 11:27

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