International project to tackle risk, crisis, disaster and development management

Posted by pt91 at Jul 03, 2017 12:23 PM |
Universities of Leicester and Sheffield work with Kansai University in Japan to develop a Future Leaders programme for disaster risk management

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 July 2017

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Researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Sheffield, in collaboration with Kansai University in Japan, have received a prestigious funding award from Kansai University in order to develop a Future Leader programme for disaster risk management.

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Professor Peter Jackson, Professor Sarah Dixon, Mrs Denise Corsel from the University of Leicester; Dr Paul Reilly from the University of Sheffield; and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, Professor Emiko Kanoshima, Professor Toshio Takatorige, Professor Toshihiro Kawaguchi and Professor Yoshinari Hayashi from Kansai University have been awarded the Kansai University’s ‘Grant-in-Aid for the Promotion and Upgrading of Education and Research’.

This collaborative research project will capture feedback from educators, governmental and non-governmental organisations, United Nations and students who have completed university courses relating to risk, crisis, disaster and development management to develop a bespoke programme for practitioners in Japan and the UK.

Dr Ray-Bennett, Lecturer in Risk Management at the University of Leicester, said: “Today’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) cannot disentangle themselves from the current context in which they operate to develop future leaders.

“This research project is designed for clarity and to learn from prospective practitioners and from the existing courses that the HEIs offer in the UK and Japan to tackle the challenges of natural disasters due to global warming and climate change, causing huge human, social, financial, natural, and physical losses.”

Due to the UN’s global initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030 and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 there is now a global consensus amongst national and international actors that policies and programmes must be linked to support human existence.

This project will study whether interlinkages of global conventions are kept up with the educational programmes provided by the HEIs in the UK and Japan. In doing so, the purpose of this project is also to inform HEIs in the UK and Japan how to improve their teaching and learning practices in order to develop future leaders worldwide.

The project was launched on 26 June 2017 at the University of Leicester and is led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett in the UK and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita in Japan.


Notes to editors:

For more information, contact:

Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett FHEA

Lecturer in Risk Management

School of Business

Civil Safety and Security Unit
University of Leicester


Image, In attendance (from Left): Dr Paul Reilly, Professor Peter Jackson, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, Professor Kenji Koshiyama, Dr John Atibila, Dr Kaori Kitagawa and Mrs Denise Corsel.

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