Projects

Current

July 2021 – December 2021: Principal Investigator – USD 20,000.

Project Title: RHCC Intervention to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity from Post-Abortion Complications During Floods in Afghanistan, funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Humanitarian Hub. Research partners:  Mr Tariq Farman (Afghan Family Guid­­ance Association (AFGA); Ms Maryline Nyaboga (IPPF’s Humanitarian Hub);  Dr Rajratan Lokhande (IPPF-Humanitarian Hub); and Humanitarian Advisor (IPPF-SARO).  This is a follow-on project from the IPPF-funded projects ‘Upscaling RHCC by Developing a Protocol for Low-Budget Reproductive Health Kit’ (2020-2021) and ‘Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Belkuchi Upazila, Bangladesh’ (2015-2018).

This project aims to pilot the RHCC intervention package with the help of the Facility Reproductive Health Kit in three flood-affected provinces of Afghanistan.

October 2020-February 2023: Principal Investigator - £131,480.

Enterprise Title: Life-Changing Scholarships for Human Development, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK and DFID.

This enterprise aimed to offer eight scholarships to eight meritorious students to read the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. Currently, eight Scholars from five Commonwealth Nations are reading the MSc.

April 2020- current: Co-Principal Investigator – USD 1,000.

Project Title: Avoidable Deaths from the Impact of COVID-19 and Lockdown in India funded by National Science Foundation’s Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder. Investigator (Co-PI): Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita.

This collaborative research project aims to develop a research monograph on the number of avoidable deaths from the effect of COVID-19 and economic lockdown in India. The details of this project can be found through this weblink: https://www.avoidable-deaths.net/ongoing-projects/

March 2019- current: Principal Lead.

Enterprise Title: Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN)

The Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) is a diverse, dynamic, inclusive and innovative global membership network dedicated to avoiding human deaths from natural hazards, naturally triggered technological hazards and human-made disasters in low- and middle-income countries. ADN’s mission is to help and inform policymakers, practitioners and researchers to make better decisions to save lives and reduce injuries to achieve sustainable development.

The ADN was founded by Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita and myself in 2018, and was officially launched at the Global Alliance of Disaster Risk Institute in Kyoto on the 12th of March 2019. To learn more about ADN’s ongoing projects and knowledge exchange and engagement activities please check this weblink https://www.avoidable-deaths.net/

Past Projects

November 2020- January 2021 (Extended to February 2021): Principal Investigator – USD 10,000.

Project Title: Upscaling RHCC by Developing a Protocol for Low-Budget Reproductive Health Kit. Funded by IPPF’s Regional Development Fund. Research partners: Dr Fariha Haseen (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University), Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid), Mrs Nimisha Goswami, and Dr Mousumi Mahafuza (IPPF-SAR), and the GoB’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Directorate General of Family Planning.

This is a follow-on project from the previous project funded by IPPF’s ‘Innovation Programme’ and IPPF-SAR’s ‘SPRINT Initiative’: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Belkuchi Upazila, Bangladesh (2015-2018).

This project engaged with 15 technical experts in Bangladesh to develop and validate a protocol for two low-budget reproductive health kits (namely, the Facility Reproductive Health Kit and Crisis Kit) for post-abortion complications during disasters and crises. Details of these Kits can be found through this weblink: https://www.ippfsar.org/resource/introducing-reproductive-health-kits-facility-crisis-set-bangladesh

 

Nov 2019-Jul 2020: Principal Investigator - £5,000.

Project Title: Strengthening Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN). Funded by the Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies (LIAS) Tiger Team Funding, and Global Challenge Research Fund. Investigators: Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University); Mrs Denise Corsel and Dr Christian Morgner (University of Leicester); and Dr Pedro Rodriguz-Veiga (National Centre for Earth Observation). Partners: the Prime Minister’s Office in Uganda, Makerere University, Chittagong University, Tata Steel, Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association, ICDDR,B-Chakaria, and Dhaka University.

The project aimed to strengthen the ADN’s network in India, Bangladesh and Uganda by establishing hubs to promote research collaboration, knowledge exchange and engagement to translate the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reductions’ Global Targets A and B (reduce disaster deaths and injuries by 2030). Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic funding for this project was withdrawn.

Nov 2019-Jul 2020: Principal Investigator- £7,153.25.

Project Title: Reproductive Health in Disasters: Raising Visibility for Future Collaborations for Development. Funded by ESRC-Impact Acceleration Account. Investigators: Dr Iqbal Kabir (Director of Research and Planning, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of Bangladesh), Dr Fariha Haseen (Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University), Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid), and Mrs Nimisha Goswami and Dr Ataur Rahman (International Planned Parenthood Federation-South Asia Region Office).

This project aimed to upscale the intervention package RHCC (UNFPA’s Reproductive Health Kit 8 before a flood; Capacity building; Community awareness), and the facility assessment tools in Bangladesh.

The RHCC intervention package was developed as part of the IPPF-Funded Innovation Programme: ‘Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Around Reproductive Health During Disasters in Belkuchi/Bangladesh.’ Please check the weblink to view the project report, policy briefs, assessment tools, and behavior change communication posters: https://www.ippf.org/resource/improving-quality-and-availability-post-abortion-care-humanitarian-crisis

Nov 2019: Principal Investigator- £970.

Project Title: Reproductive Health in Disasters: Raising Visibility for Collaboration and Development. Funded by ESRC (internal grant). Outputs of the IPPF-Funded research project on ‘Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Bangladesh’ were showcased at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences at the University of Leicester on 7 November 2019. https://le.ac.uk/festival-social-science/public-events/reproductive-health-in-disasters

May 2017-Aug 2018 (extended to March 2019): Principal Investigator - £36,000.

Project Title: Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management: Future Leader Programme. Funded by the Kansai University’s Research and Education Fund.

Investigators: Dr Paul Reilly (Sheffield University), Professor Peter Jackson and Denise Corsel (University of Leicester), Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University).

This research project aimed to explore what constitutes a ‘future leader’ and a ‘future leader programme’ for risk, crisis, disaster and development management as urged by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. (project webpage: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/research/units/cssu/cssu-research/risk-crisis-disaster-and-development-management-rcddm-future-leader-programme).

Sept 2016-Aug 2018: Principal Investigator - £78,960.00.

Enterprise Title: Life-Changing Scholarships for Human Development, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK and DFID. This enterprise aimed to offer six scholarships to six meritorious students from six Commonwealth Nations to study the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. To learn more about this project, please click on the link to the press releases: https://www2.le.ac.uk/ departments/business/news-and-events/future-leader-programme

https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/september/university-of-leicester-2018life-changing2019-scholarships-announced

Oct 2015-Feb 2018: Principal Investigator – US$169,782 (£104,098.22).

Project Title: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Bangladesh. Funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) ‘Innovation Programme’ and ‘SPRINT Initiative’. Investigators: Mrs Nimisha Goswami (IPPF’s South Asia Region Office – Implementation Lead); Dr Fauzia Akhter Huda (Co-PI, 2015-2017, ICDDR,B), Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid); Dr. Mahbub Hossain (Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer, the Government of Bangladesh). To learn more about this research, please visit the project webpage: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/research/affiliated/cssu/cssuresearch/Reproductive%20Health%20in%20Disasters%20-%20Bangladesh

This research project developed and tested an intervention package called RHCC (pre-positioning UNFPA’s Reproductive Health Kit 8 before a flood; capacity building of health workers; community awareness) to improve the quality and availability of post-abortion care (PAC) during a major flood in three primary health care facilities of Belkuchi, Bangladesh. The RHCC intervention package significantly improved the quality of care for clients, increased the management skills of Nurses and Family Welfare Visitors, and changed practices in the delivery of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s ‘Innovation Programme’. Additionally, this project identified the pathways to strengthen primary health care in hazard-prone locales. Please check the weblink to view the project report, policy briefs, assessment tools, and behavior change communication posters: https://www.ippf.org/resource/improving-quality-and-availability-post-abortion-care-humanitarian-crisis

Feb 2017-Mar 2017: Co-Principal Investigator - £20,478.50.

Project Title: Earth Observation for Disaster Risk Resilience in East Africa. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) International Development Innovation and Impact Award. Investigator: Dr Sophie Hebden (PI, NCEO, Leicester).

This research project aimed to improve the capacity of early warning systems for droughts in East Africa with the help of earth observation tools. Please check the weblink to view the project report, brief and poster: https://www.avoidable-deaths.net/2019/06/10/project-earth-observation-for-drr/

Sept 2014-Aug 2016: Co-Investigator - £42,645.

Enterprise Title: Life-Changing Scholarships for Human Development. Funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK and DFID.

This enterprise aimed to offer five scholarships to five meritorious students from the Commonwealth Nations to study the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Oct 2013-Sept 2016: Principal Investigator - £2,000 +JPY 300,000 + £1,000

Project Title: Avoidable Deaths: A Systems Failure Approach to Disaster Risk Management. Funded by the Leicester’s College of Social Sciences Research Development Fund (£2,000), Kansai University’s Visiting Research Fellow Fund (JPY300,000), and Hokkaido University’s Fieldwork Fund (£1,000).

The research monograph Avoidable Deaths (Springer Nature, 2018 https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319669502) addresses one of the fundamental questions of the 21st Century: why deaths continue to occur in ‘natural’ disasters and how they may be reduced. With particular focus on early warning systems to prepare the disaster response system to save lives, this research introduces ‘complex perspective’ to understand the network and complexity of actors and decentralisation of decision-making processes in disaster risk management. The complex perspective developed from the theories of organisation, risk, vulnerability, crisis management, systems thinking, Amartya Sen’s ‘theory of justice’ and violence identifies actionable plans, goals, targets, and disaster climate scenario to develop the capacity of primary, secondary and tertiary responders to reduce deaths in cyclones, and in doing so, this research directly addresses the Sendai Framework’s Global Target A which is ‘reducing human mortality by 2030’. The research findings form this book project have contributed to the UNDRR’s Global Assessment Report on DRR 2019 https://www.preventionweb.net/files/66627_f424finalnibeditas.raybennettdisast.pdf and the UNDRR’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Ignite Stage https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2019/globalplatform/programme/ignite-stage/view?id=1069. This book project also led to the launch of the global network called the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) https://www.avoidable-deaths.net/ at the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Institute (GADRI) Summit at Kyoto University in 2019.

Sept 2012-Jul2014: Principal Investigator - £10,000.

Project Title: Reflective Practise: Practicing Reflection in Disaster Risk Reduction. Funded by the Professional Development Innovation Fund, University of Leicester. This research project aimed to explore how to reduce inaction, complacency, human errors, poor decision making of actors and organisations for effective disaster risk management. This project led to a continuing professional development course called Reflective Practise: Practising Reflection in DRR (https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/research/units/cssu/reflectivepractices) and a research input paper for the UNISDR’s Global Assessment Report 2015

(https://www.preventionweb.net/files/66627_f424finalnibeditas.raybennettdisast.pdf )

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