START's new report: "Science for the Future and a Future for Science"

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START's new biennial report describes our exciting activities from 2012-2013. START's programs create opportunities for diverse groups of individuals to come together for exchange and collaboration. START and its partners facilitate exercises that stimulate dialogue and debate, tease out answers to challenging questions, and shepherd participatory processes of investigation, discovery, and reflection.These shared experiences among participants form a strong foundation for follow-on collaboration and partnerships.

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Meet Dori Nguyen, our START Regional Post-Doc in Ghana

Dori’s research in water and sanitation brought her to Ghana as a fellow with a water supply NGO in 2013, after which, she stayed on to continue fieldwork in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Originally from California, U.S., her backgrounds in Anthropology and Urban Planning have fused her interests in working with people to help them sustainably improve their environment. She has previously worked with(in) communities in Nepal, Alaska, Belize, Guatemala, Ghana and the southern Siberian region of Russia, on the environmental, economic and social impacts of a wide range of issues, including oil drilling, local fishing practices, natural resource management and archaeological excavations.

START presents a unique opportunity to focus on existing resources – whether human, natural or technological – and their potential to impact the understanding, knowledge and action of environmental changes. Dori is thrilled to be contributing to the development of regional networks and facilitating research and program collaboration of global environmental change issues under the auspices of START and the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana.

Upcoming Events

CDKN-START Learning Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia: 8-10 February 2014

CDKN and START are organizing a three-day research Learning Forum to be held in New Delhi. The Learning Forum will bring together 6 collaborative research teams from South Asia for knowledge sharing on adaptive capacity, climate change, and disaster risk reduction in South Asia under the theme of integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for resilient development. The objectives of the Forum are 1) for research grantees and others to share, interpret and synthesize research findings; 2) to collaboratively identify further research priorities; and 3) to devise strategies for enhancing communication between science, policy, and practice. An important output of the event will be a paper (or papers) that synthesize discussions and priority recommendations across the research projects.Read More

Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project inception meeting: March 2014

We are pleased to announce START’s involvement in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project supported through the IDRC-led Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). The ASSAR is led by the University of Cape Town in partnership with START, University of East Anglia, the International Institute of Human Settlements and Oxfam, in addition to several other regionally based institutions. The ASSAR project, which will begin in 2014, will advance demand-oriented adaptation research in Africa and South Asia. The project inception meeting will take place in Nairobi in March.

 
Seminar on Risk Interpretation and Action: Decision-making under conditions of uncertainty

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This December 2013 seminar brought together 21 early career scientists for the opportunity to share and exchange expertise and knowledge on the Risk Interpretation and Action project of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk program. As a critical part of the seminar, Fellows designed collaborative work plans on important issues of: Multi-scale policy implementation for natural hazard risk reduction Assessing water-related risks in megacities in developing countries under the RIA framework Re-thinking risk communication and meanings of uncertainty Integration of indigenous knowledge into decision and policy-making for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation Communication across scales in the resettlement and reconstruction phases In order to support follow-on research from the seminar, up to four research awards will be granted after competitive review through the IRDR International Center of Excellence, Taipei and the International START Secretariat. In addition, Fellows are collectively writing a paper on the seminar design and process, the nature of interdisciplinary work, and outcomes of the seminar. A small group of Fellows will organize a special session at the 2nd Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference: Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A tool for sustainability. The Risk Interpretation and Action Fellows Seminar was held in December 2013 in New Zealand, and was a collaborative seminar co-organized by the World Social Science Fellows programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in partnership with the Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, the IRDR International Center of Excellence, Taipei, the International START Secretariat, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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