The Walker Institute is strengthening its networks and linkages across its disciplines to provide additional focus on disaster management, reduction and recovery (DRR). A UN report in 2004 clearly stated that DRR work "concerns everyone, from villagers to heads of state, from bankers and lawyers to farmers and foresters, from meteorologists to media chiefs …”.
Our work will focus on climate impacts, trends, forecasting and projections, early warning and disaster risk management for transforming and managing risks and opportunities for agricultural production, disease surveillance, water resources management, food security and poverty reduction. The issues and impacts are wide and cross-cutting, the challenges regional or global in scale, and the needs often critically urgent. Very different inter or multidisciplinary perspectives and research are needed to address disaster management reduction and recovery, from agriculture and international law through to wildfire management and flood risk modelling: but we are already building significant collaborations and expertise in this important area.
We are also working with the School of Law at the University of Reading, including the development of new postgraduate courses in global crisis, conflict and disaster management, and the staging of a major international law symposium on disaster risk reduction to be held at the University during the summer of 2017.