Proceedings of the ANDROID Doctoral School in Disaster Resilience 2014

Srinath Perera

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The ANDROID Doctoral School is a core element of the ANDROID disaster resilience network with a mandate to strengthen the link between research and teaching in the area of disaster resilience. The interdisciplinary mixed teaching space that we have developed as part of this ongoing project encouraged and promoted the work of doctoral students in this field. Furthermore, the doctoral school provided an opportunity for the development of a supportive interdisciplinary community of researchers in the area of disaster resilience. The ANDROID disaster resilience network doctoral school consists of two programmes: 1. Online Doctoral School (ODS) and 2. Residential Doctoral School (RDS) The interlinked programmes work together to deliver on a number of teaching and research driven objectives. The Online Doctoral School, conducted in Spring 2014, provided an innovative platform for developing an interdisciplinary knowledge base for the doctoral candidates. A total of 44 doctoral candidates representing 27 countries participated in the two day online programme. The school offered a series of live presentations by domain experts in disaster resilience around the world, an opportunity for discussions between experts and students and thematic sessions aimed at engaging the students in knowledge discovery and identification of shared problems and issues through detailed discussions fully exploiting the state of the art facilities in online programme delivery. The Residential Doctoral School programme (2014) was used as an opportunity to build on the outcomes of the Online Doctoral School by actively engaging doctoral student work through presentations, domain expert feedback and intensive discussion during the annual meeting of the Android Disaster Resilience Network. All participating students developed and submitted an original research piece (based on their doctoral studies) that was peer reviewed by experts within the field. The RDS process includes a limited number of scholarship awards to attend a three day event which entails a panel review of the work of the students and dissemination of this work to a wider audience. A total of 26 papers double peer reviewed and edited through the doctoral school team were presented at the RDS 2014. All presenters were successful participants of the online doctoral school, ODS 2014 held in March 2014. The residential portion of the school was held from the 8th to the 10th of September, 2014 in the MediaCityUK, Salford Quays in Manchester runs in parallel with the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience which incorporates the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Android Disaster Resilience Network. The conference event itself has been jointly organised by the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford and the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, in association with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient: ‘My City is getting ready!’ campaign. This volume presents concise summaries of the contributions of all the doctoral papers presented at the RDS (2014), produced and developed by doctoral students with the guidance, direction and suggestions of a group of experts led by the ANDROID Doctoral School team. These papers demonstrate the richness, diversity and interdisciplinary nature of research topics and problems being tackled by disaster resilience researchers. Furthermore, we see here examples of discovery and expansion of research themes that go beyond disciplinary boundaries, reflecting on the greater context of disaster resilience. The work of the doctoral researchers presented here is a valuable contribution to the body of knowledge which, given the growing vulnerability and exposure to disasters of human and natural origin, depends on the development of greater interdisciplinary expertise among the scholars of the future. Further information on the ANDROID Doctoral School can be found at:
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSalford, UK
PublisherUniversity of Salford
Number of pages287
ISBN (Print)9781907842627
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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