30 October 2014 - 01 November 2014
London, Ontario, Canada

IDRiM 2014: Building Disaster Resilient Communities

IIASA researchers share spearheading research results on building disaster resilient communities at IDRiM 2014

IIASA researchers JoAnne Bayer, Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler and Junko Mochizuki will actively participate in the 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2014), hosted by Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada from 30 October to 1 November 2014. The conference aims to address opportunities for action through varied state of the art contributions from the worlds of disaster science, technology, policy and practice.

The IIASA researchers will share their expertise and insights from spearheading research on “Building Disaster Resilient Communities," the topic of the conference. RPV (Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability Program) focuses on “resilience” – a concept coined and developed at IIASA by Buzz Holling – as a central thematic research area entitled “Understanding disaster resilience.” IIASA's research on resilience is aimed at linking agendas on sustainable socio-economic development, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation from the local to the global scale.

IIASA applies systems’ science in order to inform enhanced flood resilience strategies and break new ground by applying advanced resilience and risk modelling techniques that truly respond to stakeholder requests and needs. The research is innovative in the design of robust, user-accepted and -friendly policy support. Research on resilience feeds into several IIASA projects such as ENHANCE, Flood Resilience, and Cambodia CATSIM (SDMSC).

The IDRiM Society

The IDRiM Society and its Journal (IDRiM Journal) were officially launched on October 15, 2009 in Kyoto, Japan, at the 9th IIASA-DPRI Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Forum). The move to set up the IDRiM Society was based on the success of a series of nine IIASA-DPRI Forums on Integrated Disaster Risk Management organized by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University and IIASA. 

The founding members of the IDRiM Society include Dr. Joanne Bayer (IIASA), Dr. Reinhard Mechler (IIASA), Prof. Norio Okada (DPRI), Dr. Aniello Amendola (IIASA), Dr. Peijun Shi (Beijing Normal University), Prof. Hirokazu Tatano (DPRI), Dr. Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiani (International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology), and Dr. Ana Maria Cruz (DPRI).

Japan is one of the founding members of IIASA and research collaborations between IIASA and Japan have been highly productive since the Institute was founded in 1972.

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Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler

Senior Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

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Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

Emeritus Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

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