Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management (RCDDM): Future Leader Programme

Exploring the needs for future RCDDM courses/programmes by learning from current professionals and the student community (the future leaders).

Project

Start date: 31 May 2017

Duration: 22 months

End date: 31 March 2019

Funding

  • Kansai University, Japan ‘Grant-in-Aid for the Promotion and Upgrading of Education and Research’

Kansai University

 

 

 

Research Partners

The University of Leicester and the University of Sheffield are working with Kansai University in Japan to develop a Future Leaders programme for disaster risk management.

Principal investigators

Co-investigators

  • University of Leicester: Professor Peter Jackson
  • University of Sheffield: Dr Paul Reilly
  • Kansai University: Professor Emiko Kanoshima
  • Kansai University: Professor Toshio Takatorige
  • Kansai University: Professor Toshihiro Kawaguchi
  • Kansai University: Professor Yoshinari Hayashi

Research assistants

  • University of Leicester: Mrs Denise Corsel
  • Kansai University: Ms Siqi Fu

Research Aim

‘Natural’ disasters are becoming more frequent due to global warming and climate change, causing huge human, social, financial, natural, and physical losses (World Bank, 2013; UNDP, 2007). In order to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and climate change, there is now a global consensus amongst national and international actors that policies and programmes must be linked to support human existence. This global consensus is reflected in the ‘Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030’ and the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030’. With this global consensus and the need to mitigate disaster risks, there has been an increasing demand for specialised professionals to understand the nuances of risk, crisis, disaster and development and their interfaces.

This collaborative research project between Kansai, Sheffield and Leicester Universities is designed to study whether interlinkages of global conventions are kept up with the educational programmes provided by the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK and Japan. In doing so, the purpose of this project is to inform academics, HEIs, practitioners and the wider society as how to improve their teaching and learning practices in order to develop future leaders at local, national and regional levels. Therefore, the overall aim of this project is to: identify a future joint Leicester-Kansai programme that will be distinct and yet, relevant to build skills, learning and teaching experiences for an effective management of risk, crisis, disaster and development interface.

Research Objectives

  1. To identity and map the number of courses/programmes on risk, crisis, disaster and development management offered by the HEIs in the UK and Japan.
  2. To engage with key stakeholders (e.g. students, graduates, course/module leaders and practitioners) to understand the meaning and feasibility of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Priorities for Action 1 (Understanding disaster risk) and 4 (Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction) with regarding to the existing and future courses/programmes.
  3. To assess the strengths and limitations of at least four courses/programmes (two in each country) underpinned by the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Priorities for Action 1 (Understanding disaster risk) and 4 (Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction).

 

Methodology

  • Desk-based review to map courses, undertake a systematic review of the SDGs and Sendai Framework, and a literature review on ‘quality’ education and disaster education.
  • Hold workshops in Leicester and Osaka to identify the needs for future courses.
  • Assessment of 4 courses/programmes by testing our developed indicators.
  • Interviews with students and course directors/leaders/lecturers.

 

Outputs

  • A report that summarises the courses/programmes on risk, crisis, disaster and development management offered by the HEIs in the UK and Japan.
  • A final report to Kansai University.
  • Proposal for a future joint Leicester-Kansai programme.

Latest News

2018

  • On the 10th of January, a one-day international research workshop on Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management: Future Leader Programme was held at the University of Leicester. For more information, please see the press release here.
  • On the 30th of March, a similar international research workshop was held at Kansai University. For more information, please see the Japanese press release here.
  • Interviews with students and course directors, leaders and lecturers from risk, crisis, disaster and development management related courses/programmes are being conducted.
2017
  • The project has officially started. The ‘Project Inception Meeting’ was held on 26 June 2017 at the University of Leicester.
  • Press release at the University of Leicester ‘International project to tackle risk, crisis, disaster and development management’
  • We have started preparations for the two Student/Practitioner Workshops, which will be held at the University of Leicester and Kansai University. The tentative dates for these Workshop are 10 January 2018 in Leicester and 30 March 2018 in Osaka.

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