The role of earth science in disaster risk reduction and development

Series Name 59th Annual Bennett Lecture
Speaker Dr Sue Loughlin, Head of Volcanology, British Geological Survey
Type Lectures & Talks
When 26 Feb 2018, 06:00PM - 07:00PM
Venue Lecture Theatre 1 Bennett Building, University of Leicester
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Gail Andrews in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment by e-mail at

59th Annual Bennett Lecture

In an increasingly globalised world, with a rapidly increasing population, earth science has an important role to play in building resilience of societies to natural hazards and climate change, and in encouraging sustainable development. Following international UN agreements such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, governments are increasingly seeking scientific evidence on which to base policy and decision-making. This opens great opportunities for earth scientists who are also engaging more with communities at risk, civil society and the private sector.

Challenge-led science requires effective partnerships across scientific disciplines and sectors to be successful and in order to do this, scientists must sometimes step out of their comfort zones. Real progress has been made by combining, for example, physical and social science methodologies to address disaster risk reduction. One of the current intractable challenges worldwide is then integrating disaster risk reduction into planning and development and this problem is particularly urgent in rapidly expanding cities. Case studies of some recent interdisciplinary research projects in disaster risk reduction in Ecuador, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and the UK will be presented with some lessons learned.

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