Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Urban Development [TRANSCEND]

Lead Research Organisation: University of Salford
Department Name: Sch of Science,Engineering & Environment

Abstract

During the last decade, many initiatives have been undertaken to make progress in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and response. However the progress in disaster risk reduction has been limited by the failure to acknowledge and address the development processes as the root causes of disasters. Previous initiatives have concentrated on reducing existing risks, rather than on how risks are generated and accumulated in the first place through development projects that are taking place as a part of the reconstruction phase after a disaster or in response to the demand of urban sprawl. Furthermore, work on resilience has attracted criticism for its failure to involve vulnerable communities and address the issue of equity and power. As a result, the Sustainable Development Goals which call for "reduced inequalities", "inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities" and "partnerships for goals" and the Sendai Priority 4 that calls for build-back better in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, are hard to achieve due to a lack of research knowledge, current practices and policies.

One of the explanations for increasing risks is that the development and disaster risk reduction decision-making processes occur in silos, conducted by different agencies, institutions and other actors with differing priorities, perspectives and time horizons. Therefore, there is an urgent need to transform current development practices that increase or create risks, as well as unfairly distributing risks to vulnerable communities, to a new form of development practice that is equitable and resilient. This project consortium believe such a transformation can be achieved by enabling cross-organisational collaboration, openness, adaptability, learning, impartiality, power sharing and public participation.

The project aims to investigate processes, governance structures, policies and technology that can enable a transition towards a more risk-sensitive and transformative urban development approach. More specifically, the project aims to investigate the nature of a sociotechnical system, enabled by a collaborative foresight and consensus building virtual workspace, which can promote collaborative governance approach across relevant organisations and support the transparent and democratic involvement of all the relevant stakeholders (including experts from local authorities, disaster management authorities, developers, poor and vulnerable communities, and humanitarian organisations) to analyse, forecast, visualize and debate disaster-risk trade-offs and to choose development plans that ensure sustainability and equitable resilience, giving considerations to climate change adaptation.

The key research questions that the project is aiming to address are: What type of formal and informal collaborative partnerships need to be established to alleviate long-standing tensions between development and DRR and progress towards more risk-sensitive and transformative urban development? What changes are required within the current urban planning process to facilitate risk-sensitive urban development, giving consideration to natural disasters and their impact on the environment, economy and vulnerable communities? What are the type of narratives that need to be developed, presented and discussed to establish a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the proposed developments on the community, economy and environment ? What are the vulnerabilities that need to be considered within the local context? How can we make participatory planning more accessible to a range of communities?

Three countries (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia) from the Asia-Pacific region have been selected for this research since the Asia-Pacific region continues to be the world's most disaster prone region. These countries are frequently affected by a multitude of natural hazards including floods, landslides, cyclones and droughts.

Planned Impact

Communities (especially vulnerable communities) who are currently excluded from the decision-making process of urban development project planning will benefit since they will be able to engage in an informed and meaningful discussion with the decision-makers to influence development projects which will enhance their quality of life and resilience to future disasters. They will be able to gain an understanding as to how development projects can either escalate or reduce their vulnerability and influence the design, planning and delivery of housing and local infrastructure.

Disaster Management Agencies who are responsible for disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness and response will benefit since they will be in a position to work closely with the local authorities and private organisations which are responsible for development projects in housing, transport, utilities, etc. They will be able to bring the risk view (vulnerability, hazard, exposure) into the participatory planning processes to make sure the new development projects have a positive impact on the overall resilience in the local area. The learning that they will gain through the Living Lab research will improve their leadership skills and capacity in disaster mitigation and prevention.

Local authorities who are responsible for creating a safer, healthier and prosperous environment for the local community will benefit because the sociotechnical system created by this project will help them to establish a collaborative culture among the local stakeholders in working together to achieve their sustainable goals. Furthermore, they will be able to develop a coherent strategy for development projects funded by various sources such as the national government, humanitarian organisations or private investors, after a disaster, to build-back better. The TRANSCEND environment will allow them to identify any project which has a tendency to increase local vulnerability and to position their urban growth in a positive trajectory. They will be able to develop strong local capacity in delivering inclusive sustainable development through community-led projects while increasing local accountability.

The national governments (particularly within Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia) will benefit as the TRANSCEND project aims to help them to understand how best to create a joined-up approach to creating sustainable and resilient environments involving government organisations operating under different ministries. The approaches that will be validated and proven to be successful for implementing adaptive governance can be deployed across the country. Furthermore, they will be able to identify and implement policies that will promote adaptive governance for creating risk-sensitive and equitable urban development.

Technology companies will learn how to transform their technology solutions to support local governments to implement participatory planning involving a range of stakeholders including communities. They will gain a greater understanding of how best to refine their big data platforms, data governance procedures, web-based solutions, and visualisation applications to create products to enhance e-governance practices.

Insurance providers will be able to fine tune some of their offerings and formulate and elevate some of their existing models for achieving resilience and equitable and sustainable goals whilst pursuing their commercial aspirations in risk management.

Academic and scientific communities will benefit from the new knowledge created in areas such as risk-sensitive urban development, system dynamics for modelling community resilience, disaster risk reduction, community engagement, participatory approaches to risk governance, and collaborative workspaces for exploring complex urban problems etc.

Organisations

Publications

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Abdeen F (2021) Challenges in multi-agency collaboration in disaster management: A Sri Lankan perspective in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

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Dasandara M (2022) Climate financing barriers and strategies: the case of Sri Lanka in Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

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Ghanbarzadeh Ghomi S (2021) Living-transforming disaster relief shelter: a conceptual approach for sustainable post-disaster housing in Built Environment Project and Asset Management

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Tariq H (2021) Measuring community disaster resilience using Q-methods: a physical resilience perspective in Built Environment Project and Asset Management

 
Description One of our key studies identified forty-six issues and challenges under seven key themes (trade-offs, governance,
fragmentation and silos, capacity, design and development processes, data sharing practices, and funding) that need addressing in order to facilitate the desirable transition towards a collaborative risk-sensitive urban development approach. Work is now underway to produce methods and tools for addressing some of these key challenges.

The project has resulted in developing a digital platform that allows stakeholders to come together to understand current local risks, emerging risks due to climate change, and development-induced risks and engage in a discussion for assessing various development options which can ensure equity and resilience.

Furthermore, our work on community engagement research has found 48 barriers and challenges regarding the current context, available infrastructure for community engagement, and current decision-making processes. Of all, the lack of communities' knowledge and awareness, absence of meaningful community engagement, and ill-defined aims and purpose of community engagement were identified as the topmost constraints. These barriers have been published in a journal as well as summarised in a booklet for the practitioners with suggestions for overcoming them. Our current work is now validating innovative digital solutions that can be used for overcoming some of these barriers through improved communication between the community and the decision-makers.

Although there has been some delay in terms of validating our solutions, the project is progressing well towards fulfilling its set objectives.

We aim to sustain the progress of our work through the established Living labs in Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the team is now in discussion with the University of Salford to establish a social enterprise company to further develop and implement our solutions within our partner countries and in other ODA countries.
Exploitation Route The TRAANSCEND project is developing a set of socio-technical systems to support risk-sensitive urban development, climate change adaptation, community engagement towards equitable resilience and collaborative governance. These systems can be used by government organisations to develop more resilient cities against climate change. Similarly, local governments and NGOs can use the methods and tools developed by TRANSCEND to introduce a participatory approach to development projects that consider the community as a key stakeholder to produce equitable outcomes. Furthermore, organisations such as disaster management centres and climate change secretariat who understand the need for an multi-agency approach for implementing sustainable environments against climate change will be able to use the methods developed by TRANSCEND to promote greater collaboration among the key stakeholders.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL http://www.transcend-project.org.uk
 
Description The workshops organised by the TRANSCEND project have managed to raise awareness of the climate change challenges, equitable resilience and risk-sensitive urban development among the key stakeholders in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. As a result, they have made a strong commitment to join the project and signed up for the establishment of the Living Labs in Sarawak, Selangor States in Malaysia and in the Kalutara District in Sri Lanka. Through the established Living Labs, the research team has now managed to bring organisations involved in urban development, disaster management, climate change and community engagement etc to trial digitally enhanced decision making processes and community engagement activities in building resilient communities. The key journal papers developed through the project has established a thorough understanding of the current barriers in implementing adaptive governance, risk-sensitive urban development processes and community engagement and proposed approaches for overcoming these barriers. The MOBILISE platform which has been further developed through the TRANSCEND project is now being implemented within the Kalutara District and the Sarawak District for overcoming these barriers and supporting disaster risk reduction, risk-sensitive urban development and community engagement. The engagement of key organisations have been challenging due to COVID. However, we have managed to maintain our engagement activities with the international stakeholders through Teams and Zoom, and have used brainstorming tools such as Mural to conduct our research and co-create our technology solutions.
First Year Of Impact 2001
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Practioner's guide for effective community engagement in risk sensitive urban development - TRANSCEND booklet series
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
 
Description Research training workshop series for NBRO scientists
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Shaping up new professional practice initiatives and developments at NBRO on landslide risk management and other disasters
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
Impact The living lab enables NBRO to collaborate with their stakeholders such as the Met office in Sri Lanka, Disaster Management Centre with the association of the District Secretariat in Kalutara so that the affected community (mostly due to landslides) and their responses can be gauged and further scenarios developed collaboratively with the stakeholders to assess risk sensitive urban development in a more collaborative manner.
 
Description Digital Toolset for Building Resilient Communities
Amount $150,000 (USD)
Organisation Asian Disaster Preparedness Center 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Thailand
Start 12/2021 
End 07/2022
 
Description Formation of the Research Center for Disaster Risk Reduction, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 2018 
Organisation University of Moratuwa
Country Sri Lanka 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution THINKLab, University of Salford initiated the discussions regarding the setting up of the centre for disaster risk reduction. This included a 2 day international conference (implemented by the full MOBILISE team) followed by a series of PI-led discussions, a PI-led Director General's round-table in Sri Lanka and the subsequent meeting with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratu
Collaborator Contribution The University of Moratuwa research team was instrumental in the discussions among all relevant stakeholders for the formation of the center.
Impact The establishment of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. Contribution from the Centre partners for the research being conducted under the MOBILISE and TRANSCEND projects.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for close collaboration between the University of Salford and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia 
Organisation Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution * Workshops conducted to provide research training * Provided assistance with paper writing * Provided assistant in establishing the Resilience4wrd lab * Provided access to the MOBILISE platform developed through the GCRF projects * Supported in establishing the Sarawak Living Lab
Collaborator Contribution Establishment of the Resilience4wrd lab to create a sustainable model for exploiting the outcome of the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND project Provided support in evaluating the research output involving stakeholders in Malaysia
Impact This partnership helped in supporting a sustainable model for exploiting the outcome of the GCRF projects in Malaysia. The key outputs are : * Strong partnership in Sarawak State who are now validating and implementing the technology platforms resulting from the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND project for building resilient environments. This has now led to the establishment of a Living Lab involving public, private, and academic partners in Sarawak. * Stakeholder team in Malacca to support the requirement capture for the development of a risk-sensitive urban design approach in Malaysia
Start Year 2020
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for close collaboration between the University of Salford and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Pakistan 
Organisation Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Country Pakistan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MOBILISE UK researchers have conducted several workshops on disaster resilience and disaster risk reduction to transfer the outcome of the project to the PDMA staff. MOBILISE Pakistan team handed over MOBILISE Digital platform (hardware and software) to the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) at the PDMA HQ in Peshawar. MOBILISE UK researchers have conducted training for technical staff of the POEC and are working closely with them to deploy the MOBILISE platform in Peshawar. MOBILISE Pakistan team has worked closely with the PDMA team to develop a mobile phone app that can help in risk communication and disaster response.
Collaborator Contribution PDMA staff are working closely with MOBILISE Pakistan by allocating time for meetings, activities and also providing feedback on the Digital Platform and the mobilise risk communication app. PDAM has helped the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND team to collect primary data on various resilience dimensions such as Physical, Social, and Economic resilience. This primary data is being used for generating research papers by the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND team.
Impact * MOBILISE platform is now running at PDMA, which is being used for visualising flood disaster risks and DRR activities. This was a multii-disciplinary collaboration involving computer scientists, GIS experts, disaster management experts and social scientists. * The MOBILISE risk communication app has been developed and PDMA is in the process of releasing the app in Peshawar. * Two journal papers are in preparation.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for close collaboration between the University of Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia & the Sarawak State Authority in Sarawak, Malaysia 
Organisation Government of Sarawak
Country Malaysia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MOBILISE & TRANSCEND Malaysian team has agreed to take the Sarawak State as the Premier site for the MOBILISE project and the TRANSCEND project so that they can benefit from the outcome of the projects. A touch table that can access the MOBILISE and TRANSCEND platform has been awarded to the Sarawak State. The team has conducted over 20 workshops to engage various stakeholders in the Sarawak State to demonstrate the potential of the MOBILISE & TRANSCEND research outputs in establishing an evidence-based environment for creating a resilient Sarawak. The team is now working with the public and private partners to establish a Living Lab to act as an innovation space for the stakeholders to work together in creating resilient environment for their citizens.
Collaborator Contribution Due to this formal agreement, the government of Sarawak allowed the team to get commitment from their key stakeholders in Sarawak to support the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND project. As a result, the UTHM team has been working closely with the following organisations to capture user requirements and to set up a living lab in Sarawak to bring innovation in their DRR activities : T Padawan Municipal Council; Fire and Rescue Department, Sarawak; Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKM); Telekom Malaysia (Sarawak Branch); Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak; Sarawak Digital Economic Cooperation; Sarawak Multimedia Authority.
Impact Use case development of the Sarawak State within the MOBILISE / TRANSCEND platform User feedback for enhancing their current DRR activities using the technologies developed by the research team.
Start Year 2019
 
Description RS & GIS Consultancy Sdn Bhd. Formal Partner in MOBILISE Malaysia 
Organisation RS & GIS Consultancy Sdn Bhd.
Country Malaysia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The MOBILISE Malaysia team presented the vision of the MOBILISE project and provided insight into how GIS technology can be used for disaster risk reduction and response activities in Malaysia. Continuous engagement with RS&GIS to demonstrate how their GIS data can be used to support evidence-based decision making
Collaborator Contribution The RS & GIS Consultancy Sdn Bhd.has allocated dedicated researchers to work with MOBILISE Malaysia in developing the case study as well as allocating Malaysian Ringitt 50,000 to the research effort. Introduced the Malaysian academic team to various government organisations in Sarawak
Impact Memorandum of Understanding has been signed. RS & GIS Consultancy Sdn Bhd. has introduced and arranged meetings with a large number of key stakeholders in Sarawak (case study site), including the State and local governments, and has helped MOBILISE Malaysia secure access to vital data regarding the completion of the case study. This relationship has been useful in establishing a public, private and academic partnership for creating a Living Lab in Sarawak.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Research Partnership between the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Organisation Government of Sri Lanka
Department Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Designed and developed a multi-agency collaboration platform that can be used by NBRO to support their disaster preparedness and response activities in landslides. This platform was installed on a multi-touch table and was donated to NBRO to strengthen their digital capabilities in strengthening DRR and response activities in landslides. Engaged with NBRO to strengthen their long term research initiatives. Organised and delivered a national symposium on "Equitable Resilience" in 2019. Currently active in several projects to enhance their accuracy in landslide prediction using sensor data. A Phd Studentship was offered to NBRO to strengthen their research on DRR activities. As a result of that, the University of Salford team has been working with the NBRO team to establish a Living Lab in Kalutara District to bring innovation to community engagement and risk sensitive urban development. In addition, the team delivered a research seminar on the 21st January 2022 to the NBRO team to strengthen their research capacity. A regular monthly seminar series is bow being delivered to the NBRO staff. In 2002, the team worked together to organise and deliver the 11th NBRO's symposium to disseminate the outcome of their research partnership.
Collaborator Contribution * Provided access to their landslide data and helped us in formulating research problems. Supported the launch of the MOBILISE digital platform during their national symposium on "Equitable Resilience". * Supported MOBILISE and TRANSCEND workshops as speakers and panel members. * Helped the team to establish the Living Lan in the Kalutara district in collaboration with the District Secretary and the Divisional secretaries. * Launched the MOBILISE & TRANSCEND technology platforms during their 2020 & 2022 NBRO symposiums. * Helping the team to gather requirements for implementing risk-sensitive urban development and community engagement within the context of the TRANSCEND project.
Impact * A realistic demonstration of the use of risk information within the MOBILISE platform for supporting multi-agency collaboration for risk-sensitive urban development * Delivery of two successful national symposiums * The application of the MOBILISE and TRANSCEND research outcome on live projects for supporting risk mitigation
Start Year 2019
 
Description Resilience4wrd Lab, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia 
Organisation Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Malaysian (UTHM) Co-I and team planned, gained permission and executed the existence of the Resilience4wrd Lab at the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn. The MOBILISE UK contributed a touchscreen table with the MOBILISE digital platform to enhance stakeholder interaction in the Resilience4wd lab. The MOBILISE & TRANSCEND PI provided leadership, support and guidance to the Malaysia team in establishing the structure of the lab.
Collaborator Contribution The resilience4wrd lab will be a hub and also a reference centre for work involving disaster management and the Industry 4.0 Revolution (IR4.0). This lab is a technology-driven space for workshops and trainings related to the MOBILISE and TRANSCEND projects' research activities involving academicians and practitioners. This lab consists of a meeting area, a separate area for the Advanced MOBILISE Visualisation Platform, a gallery area and a working space for software engineers to conduct MOBILISE and TRANSCEND Malaysia research work. The space and funding for the resilience4wrd lab was provided by Universiti Tun Hussein Onn.
Impact The Resilience4wd lab contributes to the research being conducted in the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND project and will result in journal articles, reports and academic papers. The lab/hub has been used as the main hub to support collaboration between academics, industry/business and practitioners.
Start Year 2020
 
Title Community Engagement tool for capturing feedback for building resilient communities 
Description TRANSCEND project team has developed the first prototype of a mobile app that allows communities to report risks to the decision-makers in their DRR activities as well as future development activities. This mobile app is being introduced to communities through the community engagement activities conducted by the National Building Research Organisations. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact At present, the prototype is being validated within communities that are living in disaster risk areas. However, the concept has been well received by various organisations such as the Met department, Land use department and the Kalutara District Secretary in Sri Lanka. As a result, the mobile app is being co-developed through the Kalutara Living Lab involving key stakeholders. 
 
Title Drone based environment for risk mitigation through collaborative design 
Description A VR platform has been designed by the TRANSCEND team, in collaboration with the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) in Sri Lanka, to support their landslide risk mitigation plans. The visual environment, constructed using drone data, allows NBRO to work with stakeholders involving communities, local councils, divisional secretaries to discuss development and mitigation plans that can reduce landslide risks to the community in the future. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This environment is now being used by NBRO to support their landslide risk reduction projects (over 147) across Sri Lanka. The environment was launched by the Director-General of NBRO during their 11th NBRO's Symposium in December 2021. 
URL http://www.nbro.gov.lk/images/content_image/publications/newsletter/Electronic-newsletter-on-Remote-...
 
Title MOBILISE 3.0 : Digital Toolkit for building Community Resilience 
Description The MOBILISE 3.0, built on a micro-service architecture, offers a set of cloud-based digital services for local and national government agencies to collaborate in building local community resilience. At the heart of the MOBILISE 3.0 is a cloud-based risk information space, referred to as MOBILISE: Data Engine. It allows local councils or local disaster management committees to capture and maintain their local intelligence on exposure, vulnerability and potential hazards. In addition, the MOBILISE: Data Engine offers important data management functionality such as data cleansing, styling of data layers to enhance visual appearance, attaching of metadata such as origin of the data layers, year of data collection, star rating based on its quality, security level etc. The risk information within the MOBILISE: Data Engine is used by a range of other digital services available within the MOBILISE platform to perform activities such as evidence-based decision making, multi-agency collaboration, risk-sensitive urban design, community engagement, real-time environmental data monitoring, early warning system and scenario planning against climate change, through an easy to use visual interface. Thanks to the innovative and scalable nature of the micro-service architecture, all the digital services are offered to the users using the "Software as a Service" (SaaS) model. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The platform has captured the interest from a range of organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, National Building Research Organisation (Sri Lanka), Met Department and Irrigation Department (Sri Lanka), Disaster Management Centre (Sri Lanka), Sarawak State (Malaysia), PDMA (Provincial Disaster Management Agency) in Peshawar and NADMA (National Disaster Management Agency ) in Malaysia. Several instances of the MOBILISE platform are being used by these organisations to strengthen their digital software capabilities in DRR activities and promote risk-sensitive urban development, and community engagement. 
URL http://mobilise-project.org.uk/platform/
 
Description Awareness talks on the role of geospatial technology for disaster risk reduction with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) Malaysia, 21 October 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) took part in an online discussion organized by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) on the role of geospatial technology in different disasters management cycles. The UTM team shared TRANSCEND project objectives and information on their activities. The event was attended by more than 100 participants from different disaster management agencies across Malaysia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bukit Antarabangsa Community Engagement for Socio-Economics Vulnerability Survey (1st Phase), 27 March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 40 community members of Bukit Antarabangsa participated in the field visit where the TRANSCEND team arranged in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and other data collection activities. The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at UTM spent the day gathering inputs/information from the community for landslide vulnerability and risk assessment (socio-economics). This activity was one of the major inputs directly from the community in deriving the landslide vulnerability and risk maps for socio-economics in Bukit Antarabangsa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bukit Antarabangsa Community Engagement for Socio-Economics Vulnerability Survey (2nd Phase), 11 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND project Malaysia team at UTM spent the day gathering inputs/information from the community through interview sessions for landslide vulnerability and risk assessment (socio-economics) as well as sharing risk communication materials about landslides. A continuation session from previous activity in collecting data.

This is one of the major inputs from the community in deriving the landslide vulnerability and risk maps for socio-economics in Bukit Antarabangsa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description COVID-19 DRR Webinar, 17 March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Responding and Preparing For Natural Hazards under the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sharing Challenges and Lessons from Malaysia and Japan.

Shared the challenges and lessons from Malaysia and Japan in responding to multiple disasters, such as floods and landslides under the COVID-19 pandemic and suggested the way forward to better reduce and prevent such compound disasters in the future.

https://mjiit.utm.my/dppc/2021/webinar-on-covid-19-and-natural-hazard-response-and-prevention-from-malaysia-and-
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Capability Assessment and Feedback Meeting from Sarawak Disaster Management Agencies, 22 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) organised a second meeting with Sarawak Disaster Management Agencies (SDMAs) and our Platinum Research Partner, RS & GIS Consultancy along with their team to demonstrate the MOBILISE 3.0 system using a video with transitions and voice over to understand easily. In that meeting all the members were given login details for the platform so they could navigate the system and test its functionalities and features. Dr Nora presented MOBILISE data collection protocol 1 & 2 to Sarawak Disaster Management Agencies. Protocol 1 is for risk sensitive data of hazard, exposure and vulnerability to be inserted into MOBILISE 3.0, while protocol 2 is for research data collection using the WhatsApp group and google forms. The agenda included: MOBILISE Research Protocol: Protocol 1: MOBILISE Platform Data Collection & Integration, Protocol 2: MOBILISE Researches Data Collection (a) MOBILISE Capability Assessment Feedback; (b) MOBILISE Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) to Support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); (c) Resilience Community Framework for the State of Sarawak ; (d) Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program in Sarawak; (e) Modelling Spatial Flood Vulnerability Assessment Using Geographical Information System (GIS) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); (f) Supply Chain Resilience in Managing Disaster Response; (g) Framework for implementing Risk Sensitive Urban Development ; and (h) Environmental Resilience in MOBILISE Research Project. Case Study: Sarawak). 2. Demonstration of MOBILISE 3.0 System.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://mobilisesarawak.uthm.edu.my/2021/06/22/capability-assesment-feedback-of-mobilise-sarawak-fro...
 
Description Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature and interview with Professor Terrence Fernando (Director) and Dulcdiio Coelho (Techincal Director) with the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) for the MOBILISE and TRANSCEND projects in their current journal for members and wider audiences. The print publication ran with multiple social media outputs. The article focuses on disaster preparedness and how visualisation and the Internet of Things are supporting the projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ces.pagelizard.co.uk/webviewer/#cesapril2021/smart_city_technology_for_disaster_resilience
 
Description City Resilience Officers Monthly Online Meeting, 28 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND team was invited to present at the Monthly City Resilience Officers meeting for a presentation on Modelling Community Disaster Resilience at the local levels. The Online meeting was attended by more than 30 City Resilience Officers working in disaster management, urban planning and emergency response across UK and Europe. The team shared details about the TRANSCEND project and their approach to using participatory tools for measuring community disaster resilience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description City Resilience Officers Monthly Online Meeting, 31 March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND team was invited to join the discussions at the Monthly City Resilience Officers meeting for a presentation on the TRANSCEND project, the work with partners in Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, other international partners and its global applicability. The Online meeting was attended by more than 30 City Resilience Officers working in disaster management, urban planning and emergency response across UK and Europe. The team shared details about the TRANSCEND project and their approach to using participatory tools for measuring community disaster resilience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Workshop - Diganna, Sri Lanka, November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a community-based disaster risk reduction workshop in Diganna GN area at Kalutara District. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of community members on community problems with landslides, resource availability for DRR, community mapping, and proposed mitigation measures through the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Workshop - Maragahadeniya, Sri Lanka November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a community-based disaster risk reduction workshop in Maragahadeniya GN area at Kalutara District. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of community members on community problems with hazards, resource availability for DRR, community mapping, and proposed mitigation measures through the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Community Consultation Workshop on Landslides and other Hazards - Diganna, Sri Lanka, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a community consultation program in Diganna GN to understand the community perception of the disaster risk situation in their vicinity. The community shared their hazard risks, their impacts resulting in different resilience problems and their preparedness/mitigation needs were identified through these discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund website inclusion for TRANSCEND project, 22 March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A website inclusion from the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund for the TRANSCEND project which gave an overview of the project. It was shared through their marketing channels and replicated through the TRANSCEND dissemination strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.newton-gcrf.org/impact/stories-of-change/smarter-faster-technology-to-improve-disaster-r...
 
Description Keynote address at International Disaster and Resilience Summit 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Fernando gave a presentation at the International Disaster and Resilience Summit 2021 on the 14th June 2021.
The title of the talks was ""The Use of Technology as a Catalyst for Strengthening Stakeholder Collaboration in Building Disaster Resilience". He presented the outcome of the MOBILISE project and the TRANSCEND project to an audience comprised of professional practitioners and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keynote address at the 2020 IFIP WG 9.4 European Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Fernando gave a keynote address at the 2020 IFIP WG 9.4 European Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries ( Virtual Conference) on the 11th June 2020. The title of the presentation was "Technology Enhanced Adaptive Governance for Building Resilient Cities : Barriers and Challenges", which highlighted the findings of the MOBILISE and the TRANSCEND project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Launch of the TRANSCEND project, December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The launch ceremony of the TRANSCEND Project was held at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka to invited interested organisations. The PI presented the aim of this project to all those attending. There were two presentation sessions. One was on climate adaptation and urban development policy which was presented by Dr. Athula Seneratne. H.M.U Chularatne from the Sevanatha Agency presented on community participation in the process of developing urban development policy. These were followed by panel sessions discussing risk sensitive urban development as well as discussing the objectives of TRANSCEND project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2019/12/19/launching-of-transcend-technology-enhanced-stakeholder-coll...
 
Description Living Lab - Field Practice & Knowledge Hub | Master of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Program, 6 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a workshop for Industry and Business organizations on using the Living Lab for risk-sensitive urban design and how the private sector can benefit from this approach in the long and short run.
- Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were held with the participants where they were asked about their planning needs and how their organizations can help local and national level disaster management agencies cope and respond to disasters. These activities were held to test the Living Lab and how it can be used to engage with stakeholders from the private sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meeting and Discussion for Future Collaboration with Ministry of Urban Development & Natural Resources (MUDeNR), 11 January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Members from the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources attended the meeting with KANZU Research Department for the presentation of MOBILISE System 3.0. This encouraged further debate, questions and discussion. The Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources showed interest on the mechanism and the impacts of MOBILISE System towards Sarawak.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://mobilisesarawak.uthm.edu.my/2022/01/11/meeting-and-discussion-for-future-collaboration-in-mo...
 
Description Meeting with Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB), Malaysia 30 September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia research team delivered a demonstration of the TRANSCEND Living Lab and MOBILISE digital platform to the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) for application of data sharing and decision making in their daily operations.
- Initial session to explain the research project which provides an understanding of TRANSCEND project objectives and activties.
- The engagement was centred on inviting MBMB to participate as a case study and living lab. The city council is happy to participate and provide information in this research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Meeting with Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 14 January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participants: Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Sulaiman, Mohd Amir Shafiq Mohd Hamzah from KANZU Research: Resilient Built Environment, and Datuk Seri Rizal Rahim Mohd, Managing Director of Highgard Sdn. Bhd.

Description: Dr Nora had a meeting with Datuk Seri Rizal Rahim Mohd, the Managing Director of Highgard Sdn. Bhd. Highgard Sdn. Bhd. is a construction company that is involved with the government housing project. Dr Nora presented TRANSCEND project and MOBILISE system to Datuk and he showed interest on the continuity of TRANSCEND and MOBILISE project nationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://mobilisesarawak.uthm.edu.my/2022/01/14/meeting-with-yb-dato-seri-reezal-merican-naina-merica...
 
Description Meeting with PLANMalaysia, 20th June, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team introduced TRANSCEND Living Labs and Digital Platforms to PLANMalaysia (The Town and Country Planning Department) for potential use in their operations and for further collaboration. The Agenda for the meeting was as follows: 1. Introduction to TRANSCEND by Dr Nora, 2. Presentation of Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Development by Mr. Farhan, 3. Discussion of collaboration between partners and future participation.
- The session was attended by the Director of PLANMalaysia as well as agencies ready to contribute to making the research findings practical.
- A representative from PLANMalaysia has volunteered to speak on Malaysia's urban planning processes as a result of this session.
- PLANMalaysia has designated one of their employees as a subject matter expert who will participate as focal person for the TRANSCEND project in the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2021/06/20/transcend-discussion-with-planmalaysia/
 
Description Meeting with the officials of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board, 5 October 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As a necessary requirement for the finalization of the App, the MOBILISE Pakistan team conducted a meeting with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) along with the Technical team of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The KPITB is the agency that provides the final approval for the deployment of IT tools in the public sector.

The basic aim of the meeting was to present the App to the IT board officials, and also to secure approval as a mandatory requirement. The IT board officials appreciated the MOBILISE team for their dedicated job in the finalization of Pakistan first-ever Disaster Risk Communication and granted approval for final deployment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/cdpmUoP/status/1445416629521760261
 
Description Online Interview on characteristics of a digital platform for risk communication due to dam breaks in Sri Lanka, 4 October 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Mrs.(Eng) Badra Kamaladasa (Director of General Irrigation - Sri Lanka Irrigation Department, Mrs. Sudarshani Widanapathirana ( Chief Engineer - Dam Safety - Sri Lanka Irrigation Department) and Eng. Palitha Wickramasekara on characteristics of a digital platform for communicating risks to communities due to dam breaks in Sri Lanka on 4th October 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 1 September 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Mr.N.R.A. Viraj Disanayaka (Assistant Director - Disaster Management Division, District Secretariat on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 1st September 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 11 August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Ms. Harshini Mallawaarachchi (Senior Lecturer specialized in Sustainable Development- Department of Building Economics, the University of Moratuwa on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 11th August 2021.

Obtaining academic perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 15 September 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Ms. Gothami Chandraratne (Senior Manager - Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience -Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 15th September 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 20 August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Mr Osada Vishwajith (Lecturer specialized in Environmental Management - Department of Town & Country Planning, the University of Moratuwa on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 20th August 2021.

Obtaining academic perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 27 August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Prof. Ananda Mallawatantri (Country Representative- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 27th August 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 3 November 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Prof. Champa Nawaratne (Senior Lecturer specialized in Agricultural Engineering- Department of Agricultural Engineering University of Ruhuna on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 3rd November 2021.

Obtaining academic perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 3 September 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Mr. Ranga Pallawala (Climate Finance Advisor- The Commonwealth Secretariat on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 3rd September 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 31 August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Dr. Chathura Liyanaarachchi (Assistant Director- Preparedness Planning Division, Disaster Management Centre on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 31st August 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 5 October 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Ms Priyanka Dissanayake (Disaster Risk Management Specialist - World bank on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 5th October 2021.

Obtaining industry practitioners' perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, the current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Interview on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka, 6 August 2021. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online Interview with Dr. Nishan Sakalasooriya (Senior Lecturer specialized in Urban and Regional Planning - Deputy Director of Community Service Center, the University of Kelaniya on the way of enhancing policy formulations and implementations towards successful climate change mitigation and adaptation in Sri Lanka on 6th August 2021.

Obtaining academic perspectives on climate change challenges in Sri Lanka, current status of climate change mitigation and adaptation within the country, available climate change policies and plans, barriers to formulate and implement those policies and plans and strategies to overcome the identified barriers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online Meeting with Ministry of Urban Development & Natural Resources (MUDeNR) for TRANSCEND, 12 November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia team attended the online meeting with the Ministry of Urban Development & Natural Resources (MUDeNR) regarding TRANSCEND research project.  The Agenda of the meeting was as follows: 1. Presentation of MOBILISE Progress, 2. Presentation of Benchmarking Planning in Sarawak - The TRANSCEND Approach, 3. Presentation and Demonstration of MOBILISE Digital Platform, 4. Potential Collaboration for MOBILISE & TRANSCEND Research Projects, 5. Any Other Business (AOB).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2021/11/12/online-meeting-with-ministry-of-urban-development-natural-r...
 
Description Online discussion on a framework for risk sensitive urban development in Sri Lanka, 17 February 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online discussion with Dr Niroda Gayani Fernando ( Lecturer - School of Science, Engineering & Environment, University of Salford) and Dr Menaha Thayaparan (Senior Lecturer - Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa) on a framework for risk-sensitive urban development in Sri Lanka on 17th February 2022.

Obtaining academic perspective on risk-sensitive urban development in Sri Lanka and practical implications of the proposed framework.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Online discussion on characteristics of a digital platform for supporting an early warning system for dam breaks in Sri Lanka, 22 February 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online discussion with Ass. Prof. Gajendran Thayaparan ( Professor - The University of Newcastle) and Dr. Menaha Thayaparan (Senior Lecturer - Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa) on characteristics of a digital platform for community risk communication due to dam breaks in Sri Lanka on 22nd February 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Pakistan Team Interviews and Focus Group Discussions with Community Members on Resilience to Flash Flooding in Budhni Nullah in Peshawar, Pakistan, September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Pakistan research team conducted Phase I of its data collection for modelling community resilience from flash flooding in Peshawar. The team conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with residents of Budhni Nullah in Peshawar, Pakistan. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of the community members and their resilience issues due to flash flooding. The data collected will contribute towards a research publication and the development and use of a spatial system dynamics model of resilience at local levels and also contribute towards the development and use of online tools in the Living Lab in Pakistan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Pakistan Team Interviews and Focus Group Discussions with Disaster Management Professionals/Practitioners on Economic Resilience in Peshawar, Pakistan, February-March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Pakistan research team conducted Phase II of its data collection for Economic Resilience at local levels in the Pakistan context - these interviews and focus groups were conducted in hybrid form (a mix of both online and in-person interviews where possible). The team conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with subject matter experts working in the fields of disaster management and response, development and planning in Peshawar, Pakistan. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of subject matter experts on measuring and evaluating economic resilience at the local level in the Pakistan context. The data collected will contribute towards a research publication and also contribute towards the development and use of online tools in the Living Lab in Pakistan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Pakistan team Online Interviews and Focus Group Discussions with Academics on Economic Resilience in Peshawar, Pakistan, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Pakistan research team conducted Phase 1 data collection for assessing Economic Resilience at local levels in the Pakistan context. The team conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with academic experts working in the fields of the built environment, economics, sustainable development, and sociology in Peshawar, Pakistan. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of subject matter experts on measuring and evaluating economic resilience in the Pakistan context. The data collected will contribute towards a research publication and the development and use of a spatial system dynamics model of resilience at local levels and also contribute towards the development and use of online tools in the Living Lab in Pakistan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Planning Innovation and Collaboration, The Pathway to Healthy Cities 9 September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination of TRANSCEND project bridging new partnerships with relevant stakeholders for future development of projects. Academics as well as interested communities. Speakers included Dr. Sebastiaan van Herk, Bax & Company (Innovation consultancy) "Planning, Innovation and Collaboration for Healthy Cities¨.
Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics, University Teknologi Malaysia: "The Processes in Risk in Sensitive Urban Development."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-innovation-and-collaboration-the-pathway-to-healthy-cities-t...
 
Description Post-Mortem and Rejuvenation Program of Rakan National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), Malaysia on 2022, 17 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a workshop with key stakeholders from the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who work with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) in Malaysia.
The team held Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) among the participants to Identify issues that exist in the implementation of disaster relief among NGOs and recommend appropriate improvement actions to be implemented in the short, medium and long term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation to Local Government Officers on Reducing Landslide Risks in Kalutara District, November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team made a presentation on reducing landslide risk in the area to local government officers in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. The MOBILISE system was introduced which is planned to be implemented in a case study in Kalutara as part of the TRANSCEND Living Lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Prof T Fernando & Prof I Ingirige (TRANSCEND PI and Co-I respectively) presented at Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (M J I I T) conference on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Bingu Ingirige (Co-I, TRANSCEND) presented on the impacts of climate change on urban development. This area (climate change & its effect on urban development) is one of the Work Packages within the TRANSCEND project. Professor Terrence Fernando (TRANSCEND project PI) presented on the outcomes of the MOBILISE project and the TRANSCEND project).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=204778944398666&id=103216141221614
 
Description Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities 17 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The online event was disseminated through digital media (such as social media, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Eventbrite, email campaigns) and covered: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Strengthening Resilience and Planning Policies in Risk-Sensitive Urban Development. This was in relation to WP1 on risk-sensitive urban development. The relationship and interdependency between urban planners and policymakers and health practitioners were highly emphasised and this provided for a wider consideration of the issues raised in the WP1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transcend-progressing-from-risk-to-resilient-cities-tickets-1565366082...
 
Description Seminar: Strategic and participatory planning in building resilient and sustainable cities 6 July 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination of TRANSCEND project outcomes/findings with stakeholders, academics as well as interested communities. Speakers included: Dr. Alfredo Stein, University of Manchester, UK, Dr Dzul Khaimi bin Khailani, Director of the East Zone at the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning Peninsular Malaysia and Dr. Claudia Trillo, University of Salford. Topics included; 'Climate change adaptation: at what scale shall we plan? Linking strategic and participatory planning', 'Decision-making processes in building resilience within the Malaysian context' and 'Community engagement in planning.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transcend-strategic-participatory-planning-in-building-resilient-citi...
 
Description Sendai 2030 Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC) Webinar Series (Slope Sustainability and Resilience Program 2030), 6 December 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An online webinar hosted by the TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in the commemoration of 2008 Landslide at Taman Bukit Mewah in Bukit Antarabangsa.

The seminar shared research on the exposure of locals in Bukit Antarabangsa towards landslides events and their resilience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://mjiit.utm.my/dppc/2021/sendai-2030-dppc-webinar-series-slope-sustainability-resilience-progr...
 
Description Sharing Session in Selangor State Executive Council Members, 24 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) delivered a presentation on the project, its activities, and using the Living Lab for Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Disaster Management for Selangor State Executive Council Members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Steering Committee Meeting between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) (2nd Phase), 20 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a consultation meeting with key stakeholders of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in Bukit Antarabangsa on modification of hazard, vulnerability and risk parameterization and modelling practised by other research that needs to be implemented in the local communities affected by landslides and other hazard situations.

- Recommendation of deriving the landslide causal factor maps using data-driven approach.
- Recommendation of landslide hazard, vulnerability and risk model for physical infrastructures and slope in Bukit Antarabangsa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Steering Committee Meeting between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) (3rd Phase), 26 August 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a consultation meeting with key stakeholders of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in Bukit Antarabangsa for landslide hazard, vulnerability and risk modelling using the geospatial approach for physical infrastructure and the local community in Bukit Antarabangsa.

The consultation led to greater awareness of the benefits of Geospatial modelling for landslide hazard mapping and analysis for use in risk-sensitive urban design.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Steering Committee Meeting between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) (4th Phase), 1 November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a consultation meeting with key stakeholders of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in Bukit Antarabangsa to discuss the critical slopes that require immediate attention from the local authority, recommendations on the mitigation approach, detailed investigation on the triggering factors of landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa.

Recommendation of critical slopes identified from slopes classified as high risks which require more focused attention by the local authority (MPAJ). The Team shared J13- Geospatial maps for landslide risk in Bukit Antarabangsa focussing on physical infrastructure and the local community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Data Collection on Community Participation in Risk Sensitive Urban Design from Industry Professionals and Practitioners, Sri Lanka, January-February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted data collection among Industry and Business professionals/practitioners in project areas in Colombo, Sri Lanka for Community Participation in Risk Sensitive Urban Design.

In-depth interviews were conducted with industry practitioners including Village officers, Divisional Secretariate, sociologists, and Site Engineers to understand the community participation during risk-sensitive developments and practitioners' perspectives on inclusive developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Field Visit and Data Collection on Local Community Involvement in Lagoon Development Project, Negombo Sri Lanka, February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a field visit for data collection in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The interviewees were selected from local communities that are involved in a lagoon development project. Several FGDs were conducted to understand the local community's involvement in participatory developments and their suggestions to improve current community engagement practices in risk-sensitive developments. This data collection was conducted as part of the Transcend project and a doctoral research study aligned with the Work Package 2 on the Stakeholder Capacity View of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Field Visit and Data Collection on Local Community Involvement in Participatory Development and Landslide Mitigation, Rathmale Sri Lanka, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a field visit for data collection at the Rathmale area in Sri Lanka followed by a landslide risk awareness session which was conducted by the National Building Research Organization, Sri Lanka. Two Focus Group Discussions were conducted to understand the communities' views on their level of perceived risk, participatory actions towards development activities including landslide mitigation.

This data collection was conducted as part of the Transcend project and a doctoral research study aligned with the Work Package 2 on the Stakeholder Capacity View of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Field Visit and Data Collection on Local Community Involvement in Participatory Development of Local Infrastructure, Piliyandala Sri Lanka, February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a field visit for data collection at Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. Several Community interviews were conducted to understand the local community's involvement in developing a Bus stand and a market complex and their suggestions to improve current community engagement practices in risk-sensitive developments. This data collection was conducted as part of the Transcend project and a doctoral research study aligned with the Work Package 2 on the Stakeholder Capacity View of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Field Visit and Data Collection on Local Community Involvement in Participatory Development, Balangoda Sri Lanka, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Several Focused Group Discussions were conducted in Balangoda, Sri Lanka to understand local communities' involvement in participatory developments and their suggestions to improve current community engagement practices in risk-sensitive developments.

This data collection was conducted as part of the Transcend project and a doctoral research study aligned with the Work Package 2 on the Stakeholder Capacity View of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Field Visit and Data Collection on Local Community Involvement in Participatory Development, Meethotamulla Sri Lanka, February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a field visit for data collection in Meethotamulla, Sri Lanka to understand the local community's involvement in participatory developments and their suggestions to improve current community engagement practices in risk-sensitive developments. This data collection was conducted as part of the Transcend project and a doctoral research study aligned with the Work Package 2 on the Stakeholder Capacity View of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Living Lab and MOBILISE Digital Platform demonstration to Divisional Secretary, Kalutara, Sri Lanka January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team formally launched the TRANSCEND Living Lab at the Kalutara District Secretariat office. The outcome of the TRANSCEND project was presented at the event and a formal mechanism for operating the Kalutara Living Lab was agreed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Living Lab meeting on the Humanitarian - Development Nexus (HDN), 5 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a consultation meeting with key stakeholders from Community Based Organizations working with marginal communities. The team engaged with the organizations working with the special needs community as they are one of the most vulnerable groups in disasters and often get left out of the consultation. The discussions resulted in recommendations for more participation of marginal groups in humanitarian and development programs, and in disaster response planning, recovery, preparedness and resilience development efforts. The meeting resulted in the formulation of the 'resilience living lab' master plan strategy in creating a repository of knowledge on resilience and DRRM through field experience and lifetime learning of communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia DRR Webinar: 'Climate Adaptation: Towards a More Resilient Malaysia', 8 November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar showcases four climate adaptation-focused initiatives in Malaysia, which are UK-Malaysia collaborations under the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund. The webinar is one of a series of public engagement activities under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund to disseminate research outcomes and impact with government representatives, industry players, academia, and the general public.

It is also part of the British High Commission's campaign to highlight key UK-Malaysia science partnerships in support of COP26. The webinar is structured as a combination of project presentations, and a panel discussion to explore the value of international scientific collaboration in climate adaptation and resilience.

The four projects are:

1. The Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) is a collaborative initiative between the UK Met Office and global counterparts, including in NADMA, Met Malaysia, JPS, and NAHRIM in Malaysia. Launched in 2016, WCSSP aims to develop and improve global and regional forecasting systems and advance the understanding of high-impact weather such as heavy rainfall events and tropical cyclones in Southeast Asia.

2. The Multi-Hazard Platform (MHP) was developed by the University of Cambridge and the Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI-UKM) to provide forecasting at the local level of climate extremes and physical hazards in Kuala Lumpur. The system provides hi-res 3-day forecasts for rainfall, temperature and air pollution and combines this data with information on areas susceptible to landslides, flash-floods and sinkholes to create a hazard map to inform emergency response.

3. Led by the University of Salford in partnership with University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, MOBILISE is a collaborative multi-agency digital platform for building resilient communities in Sarawak, offering intelligence to a range of agencies to work together to reduce the impact of natural disasters. It helps agencies establish a common understanding of vulnerabilities, exploring "what-if" scenarios, the impact of various hazards on infrastructure, the community and the economy in different local contexts, and improving resilience capacities through various mitigation measures.

4. Building on existing partnerships from the MOBILISE projects, TRANSCEND investigates processes, governance structures, policies and technology that can enable a transition towards a more risk-sensitive and transformative urban development approach. It uses a multi-stakeholder approach to analyse, forecast, visualize and debate disaster risk trade-offs and choose development plans that ensure sustainability and equitable resilience, giving consideration to climate change adaptation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2021/11/08/malaysia-drr-webinar-climate-adaptation-towards-a-more-resi...
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UHTM Team meeting with Digital Disaster Risk Reduction (DDRR) solution provider in Petaling Jaya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM team meeting with digital-disaster risk reduction solution provider (DDRRSP) for Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ = Petaling Jaya city authority) for discussion re disaster risk reduction. The DDRRSP is a collaborator in the Sustainable Development Goals - MBPJ project 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2020/01/08/meeting-with-digital-disaster-risk-reduction-solution-provi...
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UHTM Team meeting with MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM team meeting regarding the Community & Sustainable and Development Goals (SDG) Champions with MPBJ team (Petaling Jaya City Council) to discuss the TRANSCEND project & potential participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM Team meeting with FAVORIOT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM team had meeting with Favoriot (Favoriot deals with Internet of Things' solutions) for further collaboration in the TRANSCEND project. Dr Nora Sulaiman (Malaysia Co-I) spoke about the TRANSCEND project and its progress up until now. Dr Mazlan (of Favoriot) was interested in the project and in further collaboration. The meeting discussed: (1) Introduction to the TRANSCEND project/Living Lab concept & research at UTHM (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn); (2) Presentation on areas of interest including resilient built environments; (3) the possibility of collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM Team meeting with Futurise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM team met with Futurise (a company under the Ministry of Finance that focuses on innovation, regulation and commercialization). The meeting, after presenting an update on the MOBILISE project also presented an introduction on the TRANSCEND project and DIGITAL- Disaster Risk Reduction generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2020/01/09/2618/
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM Team meeting with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), RS & GIS Sdn Bhd and State Security and Enforcement Unit (SSEU) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UHTM Team held a project meeting with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), RS & GIS Sdn Bhd and State Security and Enforcement Unit (SSEU). Discussions covered the status of the TRANSCEND Project and the potential project launch (NB; subsequently, the proposed launch date had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2020/07/18/transcend-project-progress-meeting-with-sarawak-multimedia-...
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM Team meeting with Serba Dinamik 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn) team had a meeting with Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd regarding further collaboration in the TRANSCEND project. RS & GIS were also in the meeting. Dr Nora Sulaiman (TRANSCNED Co-I) introduced the TRANSCEND project and its progress up until now. The MOBILISE platform was presented (this platform will be used in the TRANSCEND project Living Labs). Serba Dinamik expressed interest in the project and in potential collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM Team meeting with Sustainable Development Goals Champion (at MBPJ, Petaling Jaya City Council) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with the Community & Sustainable and Development Goals (SDG) Champions with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to discuss potential collaboration within TRANSCEND.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2020/01/10/session-for-community-sdg-champion-with-mbpj/
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia UTHM team meeting with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND CO-I and team meeting with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA). Discussions covered: (1) Introduction to TRANSCEND project (2) Plans for involvement in data collection from Sarawak disaster management agencies; (3) Discussions on potential collaboration with Sarawak Universities in TRANSCEND Research Project;
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://transcend.uthm.edu.my/2020/07/29/meeting-with-sma-for-collaboration-with-sarawak-universitie...
 
Description TRANSCEND Malaysia partner Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Official Signing Ceremony, 28 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An official Memorandum of Association (MOA) signing ceremony between two parties; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) for the special study and integrated research on "Preventing Future Landslide Disaster Risk by Science, Technology and Innovation in Selangor (PREVENT-LANDSLIDE)".

The TRANSCEND project activities led to a greater partnership and cooperation between local agencies and academics for risk-sensitive urban design, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Online Interviews and Focus Group Discussions on Risk Sensitive Urban Development, Sir Lankan context, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted Phase I of its data collection for Risk Sensitive Urban Design in the Sri Lankan context. The team conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with experts in sustainability, disaster management, urban development and town planning. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of subject matter experts on the challenges, barriers and enablers of stakeholder engagement in risk-sensitive urban design in the Sri Lankan context.

The data collected will contribute towards a research publication and further improvement in the research design of using the Living Lab in Sri Lankan context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Online Interviews and Focus Group Discussions on Risk Sensitive Urban Development, UK and International context, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted Phase II of its data collection for Risk Sensitive Urban Design in the International context. The team conducted online in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with experts in sustainability, urban development, and town planning. The research team collected data on views, opinions and mental models of subject matter experts on the challenges, barriers and enablers of stakeholder engagement in risk-sensitive urban design in the International context.

The data collected will contribute towards a research publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND PI Terrence Fernando meeting with Director General, Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TRANSCEND PI Terrence Fernando and other CO-Is were invited to Disaster Management Centre (DMC) to meet and discuss the TRANSCEND and MOBILISE system for disaster early warning purposes with the Director-General (DMC) and Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Defence for implementation in their existing operations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND PI Terrence Fernando meeting with Kalutara District Secretary, January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TRANSCEND PI Terrence Fernando and other CO-Is were invited to Kalutara District Secretariat to meet and discuss the application of the Living Lab with the District Secretary and other policymakers in the Kalutara District.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Pilot Data Collection in Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process at Alor Setar City Council, Malaysia 22 October 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia research team conducted a pilot study of the Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process at the Alor Setar City Council, Malaysia. The pilot study allowed the team to test research instruments and conduct in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with City Council members and staff to obtain views from experts in urban planning processes in the Malaysian context.
Experts describe their prior experience handling the urban planning process. We were able to capture varied priorities based on the local environment through the debate. The event also included a discussion of technical difficulties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Pilot Data Collection in Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process with Melaka City Council (MBMB), Malaysia 1st December 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia research team conducted a pilot study of the Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process with Melaka City Council (MBMB), Malaysia. The pilot study allowed the team to test research instruments and conduct in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with Melaka City Council (MBMB) members and staff to obtain their views of the urban planning processes in the Malaysian context. Experts describe their prior experience handling the urban planning process. We were able to capture varied priorities based on the local environment through the debate. The pilot also included a discussion on technical difficulties faced by the Council in risk-sensitive urban planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Pilot Data Collection in Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process with Subject Matter Experts, Malaysia 28 October 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Malaysia research team conducted a pilot study of the Risk Sensitive Urban Design and Planning Process with Subject Matter experts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The pilot study allowed the team to test research instruments and conduct in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with subject matter experts in Industry and Academia and obtain views from experts in urban planning processes in the Malaysian context. Experts described their previous involvement in designing various master plans, guidelines, and standards for urban planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Seminar: Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities, 17 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND UK team organized the TRANSCEND Seminar: Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities which aims to promote a participatory approach that supports the transparent and democratic involvement of all the relevant stakeholders (including experts from local authorities, disaster management authorities, developers, poor and vulnerable communities, and humanitarian organisations) to analyse, forecast, visualize and debate disaster-risk trade-offs and to choose development plans that ensure sustainability and equitable resilience, giving considerations to climate change adaptation. The speakers at the event were; Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak (MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) whoe presented on "Transdisciplinary Approaches to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Strengthening Resilience."; Dr. Sara Biscaya (Thinklab, University of Salford). "Planning Policies in Risk-Sensitive Urban Development."; and Assoc. Prof. Tpr. Dr. M. Zainora Asmawi (KAED, International Islamic University Malaysia). "Understanding the Environmental Resilience Indicators for City Resilience."

The event was followed by Q&A session where the audience engaged with the speakers on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TRANSCEND Seminar: Strategic and Participatory Planning in Building Resilient and Sustainable Cities, 6 July 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND UK team organized the TRANSCEND Seminar: Strategic and Participatory Planning in Building Resilient and Sustainable Cities. The event was attended by practitioners, academics and students from Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK. The speakers and the topics they presented were as follows:

Speaker 1: Dr. Alfredo Stein (University of Manchester, UK) 'Climate change adaptation: at what scale shall we plan? Linking strategic and participatory planning.'
Speaker 2: Pr Dr Dzul Khaimi bin Khailani PLANMalaysia (Department of Town and Country Planning) 'Decision-making processes in building resilience within the Malaysian context.'
Speaker 3: Dr. Claudia Trillo (University of Salford) 'Community engagement in planning.'

The event was followed by Q&A session where the audience engaged with the speakers on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://vimeo.com/571782554
 
Description TRANSCEND Seminar: The Ground Reality of "Success" in Resettlement Projects, 20 January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND UK team organized the TRANSCEND Seminar: The ground reality of "success" in resettlement projects - the role of community engagement.

Married with concepts such as "build back better", at least on paper, planned resettlements can be a blessing for some communities. Less risk exposure, enhanced level of resilience, better living conditions are some of the benefits that resettled communities are often promised, and also best of the times, the policymakers do genuinely attempt to deliver these when planning resettlements. However, is this a true reflection of the ground reality of the "success" of resettled communities?

Many studies on the subject suggest that the "success" of these resettlements, at least from the perspective of the affected communities, is often less than satisfactory. This is often attributed to the complex issue of managing community expectations, and one of the toolsets which have been used traditionally to overcome this issue is the process of "community engagement". However, are we using this toolset appropriately? Is it delivering the expected results? These are some of the questions often get asked in resettlement projects post evaluations. Within this context, in this session, we explore the ground reality of "resettlement success" using two cases and discuss the role of "community engagement" from the perspectives of the communities and the policymakers.

SPEAKERS

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed, Associate Professor - Construction Management/Disaster Resilience, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia.

'Building Urban Resilience in Informal Settlements: A Case from Dhaka, Bangladesh'

Mr. Kishan Sugathapala, Director, Human Settlements Planning & Training Division, National Building Research Organisation, Sri Lanka.

'Post Disaster Resilient Housing Constructions in Sri Lanka - with special reference to the flood and landslide'

The event was followed by Q&A session where the audience engaged with the speakers on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2022/01/11/transcend-seminar-the-ground-reality-of-success-in-reset...
 
Description TRANSCEND UK researcher Online presentation on "Host community Acceptance or Rejection in Post Disaster Resettlements in Sri Lanka", 20th January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND researcher made a presentation of her research titled "Factors influencing acceptance or rejection regarding being the host community for post-disaster resettlements in developing countries" in the TRANSCEND Seminar: The Ground Reality of "Success" in Resettlement Projects held on 20/01/2022.

The presentation was based on a research outcome resulting in a publication on identifying latent factors that are influencing host communities' acceptance or rejection to be the host for displaced communities for disaster-induced resettlement in Sri Lanka. A Q&A session and a discussion round was conducted after the presentations to discuss the applicability of the research outcomes into different contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TRANSCEND Webinar: Planning Innovation and Collaboration, The Pathway to Healthy Cities, 9 September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND UK team organized the TRANSCEND Webinar: Planning Innovation and Collaboration, The Pathway to Healthy Cities. The event was attended by practitioners, academics and students from Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK. The speakers and the topics they presented were as follows:
Speaker 1: Dr. Sebastiaan van Herk, Bax & Company (Innovation consultancy) "Planning, Innovation and Collaboration for Healthy Cities¨.

Speaker 2: Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics, University Teknologi Malaysia: "The Processes in Risk in Sensitive Urban Development."

The event was followed by Q&A session where the audience engaged with the speakers on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/08/25/transcend-seminar-planning-innovation-and-collaboration-...
 
Description TRANSCEND Webinar: Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Sustainable Urban Development, 30 November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND UK team organized the TRANSCEND Webinar: Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Sustainable Urban Development. There were two presentations in this webinar: Dr. Rasmus Benestad, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Norway, who spoke on learning from stress testing cities/regions with potential climatic hazards; and Dr. Swenja Surminski, The London School of Economics, UK, who spoke on climate change adaptation and the role of business and finance.

The event was followed by Q&A session where the audience engaged with the speakers on the topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/11/15/transcend-seminar-climate-change-transformation-and-adap...
 
Description TRANSCEND Workshop with Rubber Research Institute, Sri Lanka January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND research team conducted a workshop with the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) in Sri Lanka to understand the sectorial challenges due to climate change. During the workshop, the TRANSCEND Living Lab and the MOBILISE digital platform were introduced. The RRI staff mentioned the need for remote sensing-based tools which is a key requirement for analysing problematic areas in rubber estates for their efficient management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description TRANSCEND project Kick Off meeting, Sri Lanka, December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Kick Off meeting included a presentation about the project aims and vision (plus introduction to all Partners) by Principal Investigator, and Prof. Terrence Fernando. However, it also included presentations by (and discussions with) externals Mr Kishan Sugathapala of Sri Lanka's National Building Research Organisation who discussed 'Resettlement and Capacity Building', Dr. Hans Schaffers from Adventure Research Netherlands who introduced 'Living Labs as a Methodology', and Prof. Marie-Christine Therrien from Montreal's École Nationale d'Administration Publique and Cité-ID LivingLab who contextualized 'Adaptive Governance.' Much discussions ensued between all parties on the pathways/approaches ahead for the TRANSCEND project & on the support/advice offered by the external parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2020/06/25/transcend-sets-out-project-aims-and-objectives-with-a-su...
 
Description TRANSCEND social media dissemination, Facebook 2021 - 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND social media dissemination, Facebook 2021/2022.
Please see the link for the Facebook feed to understand the depth and breadth of the social media messaging and engagement which has been part of the wider TRANSCEND dissemination strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.facebook.com/Transcend-102541588584164
 
Description TRANSCEND social media dissemination, LinkedIn 2021/2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND social media dissemination, LinkedIn 2021/2022.
Please see the link for the LinkedIn feed to understand the depth and breadth of the social media messaging and engagement which has been part of the wider TRANSCEND dissemination strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.linkedin.com/company/transcendproject
 
Description TRANSCEND social media dissemination, Twitter 2021/2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND social media dissemination, Twitter 2021/2022.
Please see the link for the Twitter feed to understand the depth and breadth of the social media messaging and engagement which has been part of the wider TRANSCEND dissemination strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://twitter.com/TranscendProje1
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 11 January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: The ground reality of "success" in resettlement projects website feature to promote the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2022/01/11/transcend-seminar-the-ground-reality-of-success-in-reset...
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 15 November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: Climate change transformation and adaptation in risk-sensitive urban development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/11/15/transcend-seminar-climate-change-transformation-and-adap...
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 21 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: Strategic and participatory planning in building resilient and sustainable cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/06/29/transcend-seminar-strategic-and-participatory-planning-i...
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 25 August 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: Planning Innovation and Collaboration: The pathway to Healthy Cities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/08/25/transcend-seminar-planning-innovation-and-collaboration-...
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 29 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: Strategic and participatory planning in building resilient and sustainable cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/06/29/transcend-seminar-strategic-and-participatory-planning-i...
 
Description TRANSCEND website entry, 8 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TRANSCEND Seminar: Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://transcend-project.org.uk/2021/06/08/transcend-progressing-from-risk-to-resilient-cities/
 
Description Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Capacities of The State And Local Governments in the State of Kelantan, Malaysia 19 December 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a workshop with key stakeholders from State And Local Governments in the State of Kelantan, Malaysia. The workshop brought together over fifty practitioners from different organizations, Departments and line agencies under the Disaster Management Unit at the state level. The workshop helped capacity building in disaster risk management and reduction including Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategy for the State government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Capacities of The State and Local Goverments in the State of Pulau Pinang, 28 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TRANSCEND Malaysia team at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized a workshop with key stakeholders from State And Local Governments in the State of Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. The workshop brought together practitioners from different organizations, Departments and line agencies under the Disaster Management Unit at the state level. The workshop helped capacity building in disaster risk management and reduction including Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategy for the State government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022