2012 Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN)

Knowledge of the causes of disasters and how to effectively manage disaster risks has grown considerably in recent years. The most recent 50 years have brought substantial expansion in understanding of the potential magnitude ad frequency of many natural events and the places in which they are more likely to occur. Judging by consistent increases in both disasters and disaster losses, however, this knowledge remains seriously inadequate.

The Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) project of IRDR advocates that neither previous nor current local, national and global disaster programs and activities are being guided or supported by a sufficiently strong, in-depth and profound knowledge base about environmental hazards and disasters and their underlying root causes. More penetrating investigations are needed – developed and carried out in an explicitly multi-disciplinary framework – that search for additional, wider and more fundamental explanations for the on-going rise in disaster losses. To download the FORIN Project report, click here.

The 2012 Advanced Institute on FORIN trained 24 international participants in FORIN perspectives and related approaches to disaster research. The 8-day intensive training event included educational modules, hands-on interactive exercises and field visits. Click here to view the Institute program and here to browse the participant directory.

As a critical part of the Institute, all participants conceptualized an individual or collaborative project, presented in plenary at the conclusion of the event, that aims to apply one or more of the FORIN-related research methodologies. Project concepts range from promoting the contextualization of national disaster risk reduction and management efforts within an integrated human security framework in the Philippines to a critical cause analysis of the social impact of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan to improving understanding of the impacts of flood disasters on gender relations in India and Pakistan. Click on the Project Concepts tab below for more information.

The 2012 Advanced Institute on FORIN was organized by START and the IRDR International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in Taipei, together with IRDR International, ICSU and Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). Funding for the Institute was provided by the IRDR ICoE in Taipei. Click on partners’ logos below for more information about respective institutions and their programs.

Click here for FORIN Institute Presentations Click here for participants’ project concepts

Last Updated on June 15th, 2015