GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Geosciences

Abstract

The Hub will reduce disaster risk for the poor in tomorrow's cities. The failure to integrate disaster risk resilience into urban planning and decision-making is a persistent intractable challenge that condemns hundreds of millions of the World's poor to continued cyclical destruction of their lives and livelihoods. It presents a major barrier to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals in expanding urban systems. Science and technology can help, but only against complex multi-hazard context of urban life and the social and cultural background to decision-making in developing countries. Science-informed urbanisation, co-produced and properly integrated with decision support for city authorities, offers the possibility of risk-sensitive development for millions of the global poor. This is a major opportunity - some 60% of the area expected to be urban by 2030 is yet to be built. Our aim is to catalyse a transition from crisis management to risk-informed planning in four partner cities and globally through collaborating International governance organisations.
The Hub, co-designed with local and international stakeholders from the start, will deliver this agenda through integrated research across four urban systems - Istanbul, Kathmandu, Nairobi and Quito - chosen for their multi-hazard exposure, and variety of urban form, development status and governance. Trusted core partnerships from previous Global Challenge Research Fund, Newton Fund and UK Research Council projects provide solid foundations on which city based research projects have been built around identified, existing, policy interventions to provide research solutions to specific current development problems. We have developed innovative, strategic research and impact funds and capable management processes constantly to monitor progress and to reinforce successful research directions and impact pathways.
In each urban system, the Hub will reduce risk for 1-4 million people by (1) Co-producing forensic examinations of risk root causes, drivers of vulnerability and trend analysis of decision-making culture for key, historic multi-hazard events. (2) Combining quantitative, multi-hazard intensity, exposure and vulnerability analysis using advances in earth observation, citizen science, low cost sensors and high-resolution surveys with institutional and power analysis to allow multi-hazard risk assessment to interface with urban planning culture and engineering. (3) Convene diverse stakeholder groups-communities, schools, municipalities private enterprise, national agencies- around new understanding of multi-hazard urban disaster risk stimulating engagement and innovation in making risk-sensitive development choices to help meet the SDGs and Sendai Framework.
Impact will occur both within and beyond the life of the Hub and will raise the visibility of cities in global risk analysis and policy making. City Partnerships, integrating city authorities, researchers, community leaders and the private sector, will develop and own initiatives including high-resolution validated models of multi-hazard risk to reflect individual experience and inform urban development planning, tools and methods for monitoring, evaluation and audit of disaster risk, and recommendations for planning policy to mitigate risks in future development. City partnerships will collaborate with national and regional city networks, policy champions and UN agencies using research outputs to structure city and community plans responding to the Sendai Framework and targeted SDG indicators, and build methods and capacity for reporting and wider critique of the SDG and Sendai reporting process. Legacy will be enabled through the ownership of risk assessment and resilience building tools by city and international partners who will identify need, own, modify and deploy tools beyond the life of the Hub.

Planned Impact

The Hub will reduce disaster risk for the poor in tomorrow's cities. It will catalyse a step change in the relationship between science, decision-making and planning for pro-poor, risk-sensitive development in expanding urban systems worldwide and has been built entirely in response to this GCRF call. It has been co-produced with trusted city teams to provide research support for identified, existing policy implementation initiatives: Istanbul [the Istanbul Urban Transformation Master Plan]; Kathmandu [the National Strategy for Resilient Urban communities]; Nairobi [the Nairobi City Disaster Management Plan and Mukuru Special Planning Area]; Quito [the Risk Management Directorate and Quito Resilience Strategy]. The Hub is precisely tailored to the needs of our partners and their cities. Guided by the Hub Theory of Change and Pathways to Impact, interdisciplinary and coproduced research delivered through partnerships and aligned capacity building programmes will deliver evidence and experience based outputs including high resolution, multi-hazard risk assessment, associated governance frameworks and management decision-making capacity. This theory of change will enable cities to meet their SDG and Sendai Framework commitments. Through partners involved in global SDG and SF processes the Hub also aims to influence global policy.

Management: A Hub Impact Committee (HIC) chaired by Hub Co-Director and including a partnership advisory team will meet every six months to review Hub performance against a MEL framework including milestones confirmed by City teams and Hub Research Colleges in the Inception period, it will review applications and output reports for Impact Acceleration Fund and for Exchange Fellowships.

City level impact will be coordinated by the City Impact Lead (CIL) including work in secondary small cities and other regional collaborations and interactions with other Hub cities and their networks. The CILs (see Case for Support) are responsible authorities, ensuring access to official decision-making and targeted impact on City Risk, Adaptation or Resilience Plans and planning processes. Wider impact and the promotion of city level ownership of the Hub will be delivered through city partnerships including city government, research, civil society and private sector interests. Each city Research Inception Project will include a City Conference to gain early stakeholder involvement, with the CIL coordinating engagement, collaboration, exchange, training and dissemination to maximize Hub integration and uptake of output tools and analysis. This will be supported by the City Hub Office.

City evidence, tools and their champions will be promoted and shared widely with other cities and networks as demonstration cases; and with national agencies to build monitoring and reporting capacity for the Sendai Framework (SF) and SDGs. Each city will lead a network of like-cities to extend impact through tool exchange, training and testing. This will be supported in each city, by annual workshops for city administration and civil society with scope for international participation. Beyond city legacy, global civil society and UN partners will facilitate legacy impact past the Hub's life-time. Enhancement of procedures and metrics for SF reporting (with direct influence on monitoring for SDG urban and resilience indicators) will be enabled by partnership with UNISDR. GNDR and ADPC provide worldwide networks influence to test and deploy tools for community led resilience planning and advocacy (including women and children). International partners and the Advisory Board members will collaborate on side-events, policy briefs and through bilateral meetings to ensure the Hub science and impact outputs are fed into the mid-term reviews of the SF, the New Urban Agenda, the Global Platforms for DRR in 2019, 2021 and 2023, and the High Level Political Forum for the SDGs. Research provides multiple entry points to the IPCC process.

People

ORCID iD

John McCloskey (Principal Investigator)
Gabriel Bernal (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3826-0188
Eliana Fernanda Jiménez Alvaro (Co-Investigator)
Margarita Segou (Co-Investigator)
Simon Marius Mudd (Co-Investigator)
MABEL CRISTINA MARULANDA FRAUME (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0228-8012
Mark Pelling (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6472-9875
Hugh Sinclair (Co-Investigator)
Hediye SIBEL Kalaycioglu (Co-Investigator)
Colm Jordan (Co-Investigator)
Kezban Çelik (Co-Investigator)
Joel C. Gill (Co-Investigator)
Andrew Maskrey (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0007-0853
Maxwell John Hope (Co-Investigator)
Andrew Forbes Bell (Co-Investigator)
Iain Simpson Stewart (Co-Investigator)
Basanta Raj Adhikari (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8156-0875
Maria Teresa Armijos Burneo (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1020-6056
Gordon McGranahan (Co-Investigator)
Joanes Atela (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5794-7658
Alexandra Alvarado (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4901-8175
Romanus Opiyo (Co-Investigator)
Alistair George Borthwick (Co-Investigator)
Alex Barbat (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3649-8053
Jeremy Charles Phillips (Co-Investigator)
Omar Dario Cardona (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8233-5450
Maria Alejandra Escovar (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2724-2379
Elizabeth Ann Holcombe (Co-Investigator)
Susanna Kathryn Ebmeier (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5454-2652
S. Daniel Andrade (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Edward Ensor (Co-Investigator)
Siân Bayne (Co-Investigator)
Murat Nurlu (Co-Investigator)
David Dodman (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1304-3283
Tiziana Rossetto (Co-Investigator)
Emily Clare Wilkinson (Co-Investigator)
Noel Gourmelen (Co-Investigator)
Vedat Ozsarac (Co-Investigator)
Eser Cakti (Co-Investigator)
John Ross Elliott (Co-Investigator)
Garima Jain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7991-4865
David Rush (Co-Investigator)
Mark Naylor (Co-Investigator)
Sezin Yilmaz (Co-Investigator)
Timothy John Wright (Co-Investigator)
Lars Otto Naess (Co-Investigator)
Daniel Weru Ichang'i (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8208-812X
UFUK HANCILAR (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9180-7816
John Twigg (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4910-8090
Allan Michael Lavell (Co-Investigator)
Bruce D Malamud (Co-Investigator)
Karin Sesetyan (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-6477
Alfredo Miguel Santillán (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9823-7396
Ian Graham Main (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7031-6746
Dina Francesca D'Ayala (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3864-2052
Philip Osano (Co-Investigator)
Robert Michael Baxter (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3693-8725
Tri Ratna Bajracharya (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3364-0488
Bhola Nath Sharma Ghimire (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7862-031X
Carmine Galasso (Co-Investigator)
Mikael Attal (Co-Investigator)
Sangeeta Singh (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3334-4390
Christine Susan Grimmond (Co-Investigator)
Musyimi Mbathi (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3720-099X
Erdal Safak (Co-Investigator)
Ramesh Guragain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3852-2483
Netra Prasad Timsina (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0157-8878
Juan-Carlos SINGAUCHO-ARMAS (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6959-8109
Arabella France Fraser (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3869-328X
Peter Ngau (Co-Investigator)
Nagendra Raj Sitoula (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7113-700X
Amy Rosamund Donovan (Co-Investigator)
RAJANI PRAJAPATI (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2142-0162
Andrew Elvin Collins (Co-Investigator)
Aromar Revi (Co-Investigator)
Jane Marina Apgar (Co-Investigator)
Jennifer Barclay (Co-Investigator)
Elisa Sevilla (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7268-8973
Francesca Medda (Co-Investigator)
Ekbal Hussain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6921-2843
Paul Joseph Vardanega (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7177-7851
Deepak Chamlagain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5603-6921
Sophie Blackburn (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1959-5465
Martha Liliana Carreno Tibaduiza (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1914-2992
Brian William Golding (Co-Investigator)
Ganesh Kumar Jimee (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8580-3678
Ryerson Christie (Co-Investigator)

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Capacity Strengthening and Managing Risks in LMICs
Amount £88,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description College of Science and Engineering internal GCRF fund
Amount £34,705 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Transforming Political Capabilities for Equitable Resilience
Amount £869,726 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T00259X/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 10/2022
 
Title Digital Elevation Models for each City 
Description Data base extracted from the Sentinel and SPOT satellite databases for use of various teams working across the Hub Cities. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact 3D models of each city have been produced and will be used in upcoming launch of the Quito Hub and the Annual All-Hub conference planned for May in Istanbul. 
URL https://comet.nerc.ac.uk/tomorrows-cities/
 
Title Expansion of Quito 1986-2019 
Description Digital models of the urban expansion of Quito. Data extracted from Landsat imagery processes using LandTrendr 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact These images have been used in study site selection and in communication with the city authorities. 
URL https://comet.nerc.ac.uk/tomorrows-cities/
 
Title National Disaster Risk Management politics for Quito 
Description Database of documents relating to DRM for the city of Quito 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
 
Title Pleaides and Hexagon DEM and imagery for KAthmandu 
Description Point cloud, DEM (1 m), hillshade (1 m), panchromatic (0.5 m), multispectral (2 m), and pansharpened multispectral (0.5 m) orthoimages generated from tri-stereo imagery. DEM (30 m), and panchromatic (4 m) orthoimage generated from three declassified HEXAGON images. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL https://comet.nerc.ac.uk/tomorrows-cities/
 
Title SPOT-6/7 DEM and Imagery of Quito 
Description Point cloud, DEM (3 m), hillshade (3 m), panchromatic (1.5 m) and multispectral (6 m) orthoimages generated from stereo imagery. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL https://comet.nerc.ac.uk/tomorrows-cities/
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation Coventry University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with UKRI GCRF Hub managers 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Collaborator Contribution Monthly online meetings, regular email exchanges and occasional in-person meet-ups to share experiences, perspectives and lessons learned with respect to managing the UKRI GCRF Hubs.
Impact xxx
Start Year 2019
 
Description Kathmandu City Steering Committee 
Organisation Government of Nepal
Country Nepal 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Tomorrow's Cities team in Kathmandu has worked to form this Steering Committee based on interest from the Government of Nepal in how our research can inform the development of a new satellite city in Khokana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have so far provided their time, interest and commitment - which have provided much needed legitimacy for this group to be formalised.
Impact While still in the formation stages, this group has already provided important access to people in key official positions in Kathmandu, relationships with whom will be impactful for our work. This was realised through the Kathmandu launch event, in which the following people attended and gave presentations: - Mr. Anil Pokharel, CEO of Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority - The Honourable Tara Devi Bhatt, Chair of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee - Mr Rabindra Maharjan, Chair of Ward 21 (Khokana) - Ms Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Kathmandu City Steering Committee 
Organisation Government of Nepal
Country Nepal 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Tomorrow's Cities team in Kathmandu has worked to form this Steering Committee based on interest from the Government of Nepal in how our research can inform the development of a new satellite city in Khokana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have so far provided their time, interest and commitment - which have provided much needed legitimacy for this group to be formalised.
Impact While still in the formation stages, this group has already provided important access to people in key official positions in Kathmandu, relationships with whom will be impactful for our work. This was realised through the Kathmandu launch event, in which the following people attended and gave presentations: - Mr. Anil Pokharel, CEO of Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority - The Honourable Tara Devi Bhatt, Chair of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee - Mr Rabindra Maharjan, Chair of Ward 21 (Khokana) - Ms Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Kathmandu City Steering Committee 
Organisation Government of Nepal
Country Nepal 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Tomorrow's Cities team in Kathmandu has worked to form this Steering Committee based on interest from the Government of Nepal in how our research can inform the development of a new satellite city in Khokana.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have so far provided their time, interest and commitment - which have provided much needed legitimacy for this group to be formalised.
Impact While still in the formation stages, this group has already provided important access to people in key official positions in Kathmandu, relationships with whom will be impactful for our work. This was realised through the Kathmandu launch event, in which the following people attended and gave presentations: - Mr. Anil Pokharel, CEO of Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority - The Honourable Tara Devi Bhatt, Chair of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee - Mr Rabindra Maharjan, Chair of Ward 21 (Khokana) - Ms Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Kathmandu City Working Group 
Organisation Ward of the Lalitpur Municipality, Kathmandu
Country Nepal 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Kathmandu team have convened this group around the community level work of the Hub, in order to include and legitimise community perspectives amongst national stakeholder (mainly decision makers). While this was initiated by Tomorrow's Cities, provisions for such a group was laid out in the DRRM Act 2017 and Local Government Act 2017 (as a "Ward level Disaster Risk management Committee").
Collaborator Contribution The Ward of the Lalitpur Municipality are coordinating the activities of this group.
Impact While still early days, a significant outcome has been to attract key organisations to the Kathmandu launch event in February 2020, which has stimulated further interest for involvement in Tomorrow's Cities work.
Start Year 2019
 
Description 25 minutes of coverage in Kathmandu news programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Nepali news network, News24Nepal, took part in the Kathmandu launch event in order to record footage for their Development Forum programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DwD-UKADR-DRG-UKCDR International Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This was an international event, led by one of our Co-Is (Andrew Collins, Northumbria University) and included a session dedicated to Tomorrow's Cities and the UKRI GCRF Deltas Hub. This was an important networking event for reaching into the global NGO community looking at DRR, and sparked much interest in the Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://gadri.net/events/2019/04/dwd-ukadr-drg-ukcdr-international-conference-2019.html
 
Description Eco Communities workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this event was to explore the concept of Ecocities as means of addressing the the complex relationship between the human environments with the natural ecosystem, in the context of the Lalitpur Metropolitan city area. The outome of this has been to create link with the Mayor of the Lalitpur Municipality and other stakeholders that are key to Tomorrow's Cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Flood meeting in Nepal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This was the first meeting that was specifically dedicated to the flooding issue in Kokhana (Kathmandu), the site chosen for the development of a new smart city. The meeting involved researchers from Tribhuvan University, University of Edinburgh, University of York, as well as partners such as Practical Action and NSET. We visited the site in Kokhana, met local representatives (including the Ward Chairman), exchanged knowledge of the current physical and social "setup" in the Kathmandu basin, and discussed available tools (monitoring modelling) and strategy for the coming year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals 
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 Hub Co-I, Lucy Pearson (GNDR) attended this event in New York in September. She had conversations with UNDP, UNDRR and INGOs about the work of the Hub, pointing them towards future updates on the website, and talked about the focus of urban risk and the combination of local and scientific knowledge at an event during this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interflam conference 
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 Hub Co-I, David Rush (University of Edinburgh) attended this conference in London in September. It brought together engineers, scientists, practitioners and regulators from around the globe to discuss fire disaster risk. As a result of networking and presenting on the Hub's work, David has been Invited to participate in Development of Urban FRAME - a tool on Urban Fire Risk Assessment and Mitigation Evaluation - with the World Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Istanbul City Partners meeting 
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 was the first formal meeting of Istanbul partners, including the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the National DRR authority (AFAD). The purpose was to introduce the Hub to key partners (for the first time since being awarded funding), build relationships and develop a shared understanding of what the Hub's work in Istanbul should aim to achieve and initiate co-production of work plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Istanbul MEL workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was an early engagement aimed at co-producing the first draft of the Istanbul Theory of Change diagram. It included key researchers from across the Istanbul team, as well as participants from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Authority (AFAD). This was a key moment of engagement between these stakeholders, planting the seeds of shared understanding and building relationships, which we have drawn on many times since then. Another key outcome was that the impact agenda of the Hub was understood and accepted by all stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Earthquake Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this event was to... The main outcome was that new connections were made with key stakeholders, with the potential for future collaboration in the Istanbul work plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Istanbul workshop on earthquakes 
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 The purpose of this event was to work towards making Istanbul more resilient to earthquakes. The outcomes have been to raise awareness of and interest in Tomorrow's Cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Istanbul workshop to build capacity on communication and engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a capacity building workshop funded through the additional GCRF capacity building funding we received from the Scottish Funding Council via the University of Edinburgh. The purpose was to build understanding of and capacity for communication within a challenge-led research programme. The participants included key researchers from the Istanbul team, as well as members of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and involved engagement with the community leader from a local case-study site, during a site visit. Beyond increasing understanding of the role of communication as a process (i.e. not merely an output) within challenge-led research, participants reported a shift in perspective on the impact that their research and co-production activities were aiming to achieve. We also believe that a key relationship was formed with the community leader, who could play a strong role in the community engagement activities of the Hub. Strong relationships were also formed with two experts in risk communication, who helped deliver the workshop, which provides potential access to global networks in this area as well as potential collaborations on risk communication in Nepal and Kenya.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Kathmandu launch event 
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 The Launch event was attended by a range of people from the policy and government sectors. The main speaker was the Honourable Tara Devi Bhatt, Chair of Sustainable development and Good Governance Committee, Government of Nepal; Mr Anil Pokhrel, Cheif Executive of National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Authority, Government of Nepal; Mr. Rabindra Maharjan, Mayor of Khokana District Authority; Ms Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. There was a wide and deep commitment to the aims of the Tomorro's Cities Hub. The meeting was followed by discussions leading to plans for further engagement and specific actions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7JJlvIvkLM
 
Description Kathmandu partners meeting 
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 xxxx
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nairobi DRR Stakeholder Meeting and Dinner 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To review the Nairobi hub work plan, providing useful advisory to the work plan, and discuss any strategic and constructive next steps for the hub. The Chief Officer, Disaster Management & Coordination department in the Nairobi City Government, attended the dinner on behalf of the Governor. The Hub Directors, UK based researchers, Nairobi based researchers and DRR stakeholders got a chance to sit together and collectively reviewed the Nairobi work plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nairobi Hub initial partners meeting 
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 Held on 17th January in Nairobi and attended by 19 partners including a team from the UK; the Hub directors (John & Mark), Eliane (Hub operations manager) and Gordon (UK coordinator for Nairobi), Nairobi based partners including ACTS, KDI, UoN, NCCG, UNHabitat, UNISDR, Torchlight Group and World Bank. The meeting aimed at introducing the Tomorrow's cities project to the Nairobi partners and conducting an initial institutional analysis for the Nairobi research plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nairobi Hub launch and policy workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was aimed at discussing the plans for the project in line with the policy direction to transition from a crisis management towards urban planning for risk reduction, understand the Nairobi DRR policy landscape, to officially launch the project and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between ACTS the Nairobi City County Government (NCCG).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ash-net.org/nairobi-disaster-risk-hub-signs-an-mou-with-the-nairobi-city-government/
 
Description News artcile: Bogazici University works for tomorrow's Istanbul 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviews with a local media outlets, including online print and radio. The purpose was to raise the profile of the Hub's work in Istanbul amongst the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.arkitera.com/haber/bogazici-universitesi-yarinin-istanbulu-icin-calisacak/
 
Description Presentation to UK Ambassador and Mayor of Quito 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a workshop requested by the UK Ambassador as a result of their involvement in the Quito initial partners meeting, in order to provide further information on Tomorrow's CIties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to UK Ambassador to Quito 
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 This was a workshop to explore ways in which the British Embassy in Quito can support Tomorrow's Cities, through interactions with the private sector. As a result, we have built a closer relationship with private sector and maintainted a continuing relationship with the Embassy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Prof Rossetto Interview with Turkish New Channel NTV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Turkish News Channel NTV. The purpose was to raise the profile of the Hub's work in Istanbul. As a result, NTV are following progress of the HUB in Istanbul and wish to be informed of any developments and invited to future events. They have also made contact with our local partners Bogazici University (KOERI)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB3wxD_I
 
Description Quito partners meeting 
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 was the first official meeting of Quito partners, which included participants from Quito municipality, the Minister of the National Secretariat of Risk Management, the Ward Ambassador of the UK in Quito, the Commercial Officer of the British Embassy in Quito, and community members from the neighbourhood San Fransisco de Miravalle. The purpose was to build relationships and start the process of co-producing the Quito work plan. Some key outcomes were a meeting was set-up to present the project to the newly elected Mayor of Quito, and a better understanding of the community perspective of DRR in Quito.
- Separate out - number of discrete meetings were held.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Development Symposium 
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 Istabul team worked closely with RAE from October 2019 to plan contributions to this event, with members of our team organising and co-chairing two out of the three sessions, as well as co-chairing the whole event. The purpose was to bring together researchers, innovators and practitioners from across disciplines and the globe to discuss disaster resilience. This has resulted in new and strengthened relationships with private and practitioner communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UK-Kenya Research Symposium - Healthy Cities: Affordable Housing and Sustainable Infrastructure 
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 Co-hosted by the Kenyan and UK governments, drawing upon and including the Nairobi team of Tomorrow's Cities, the Symposium aimed to showcase how strong partnerships between the UK and African stakeholders are delivering innovations that will benefit all - from understanding the challenges that restrict housing from meeting socio-economic needs of the poorest urban residents, to innovations in materials and sustainable building technologies that use locally available resources. This has led to the empowerment and engagement of academics researchers, civil society and private sector organisations to broker dialogue and create a platform towards the adoption of housing policies that promote sustainable development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ukcdr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Technical-Report-UK-Kenya-Research-Symposium-on-...
 
Description Web page for Cabot Institute for the Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This article was intended to increase the viability of the Hub across the Cabot Institute's network of stakeholders and its advisory board that includes the Government Office for Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/what-we-do/tomorrows-cities/