2014/2015 PARR Fellowship Program

The inaugural round of the PARR Fellowship Program brings together PARR Research and Practice-Policy Fellows into two-person teams for a six-month Fellowship experience, including one-month at a Host Institution. The theme of the 2014 PARR Fellowship Program is urban disaster risk and vulnerability under global environmental change.

Inception Meeting

In July 2014, Manila Observatory hosted the 2014-2015 PARR Fellowship Program Inception Meeting in Manila, Philippines. The Inception Meeting brought together the 2014 PARR Fellows and their Home and Host Institutions to engage with other representatives from the region in forming the basis of a network of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers interested in building more resilient and adaptive development pathways in Asia. Participants became familiar with the goals and expectations of the PARR Fellowship Program and explored the next steps for the PARR Fellowship Program to advance activities in the region.

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Culmination Meeting

In March 2015, PARR Fellows, Host Institution representatives, and the PARR Alliance gathered for the inaugural round PARR Culmination Conference. The Culmination Conference provided an opportunity for Fellows to present their research and experience as PARR Fellows, to engage in dialogue with the PARR Alliance, and continue to establish a network of researchers and practitioners engaging in research on risk reduction in Asia. In addition, Alliance members, Fellows, host institutions, and home institutions were able to reflect on the experiences on the implementation of the inaugural round, to identify and strengthen the competitive advantage of the program and assess the challenges and opportunities for its continuation.

The first day highlighted the current state of risk reduction research with special reference to the recently-drafted Sendai Framework which declares the four priority areas for disaster risk reduction: 1) understanding disaster risk; 2) strengthening disaster risk governance; 3) investing in disaster risk reduction; and 4) enhancing disaster preparedness. The remaining sessions were allotted for “PARR Cafe Dialogues” to allow Fellows to share their experience, research project, and future collaborations with their cohort and Alliance members. Conversations led to valuable comments and recommendations for how Fellows could move forward with their work.

The second day provided a venue for the Fellows and PARR Alliance Members to share their reflections and experiences on the Inaugural Round of the Program and to provide recommendations for the next round, such as the need for joint transdisciplinary approach to research, mechanism for research interest alignment between fellows and host institutions, built-in activities for exchange between fellows, establishing the roles of the Fellows in the sustainability and continuity of the program, and the selection of research themes and topics based on the Sendai Framework priority areas.

The third day was held in conjunction of the annual conference for the Costal Cities at Risk project. The meeting brought together researchers from the Canada, Thailand, Philippines and Nigeria. A representative of governor Mr. Sukhumbhand Paribatra attended the meeting to provide the welcoming address, along with an opening address from the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Philip Calvert. The opening day also had two panel sessions moderated by representatives from the Thai Public Broadcasting Service. These panel discussions focused on perspectives of urban climate resilience building and educating and communication climate change information. The Fellows were able to network, share experiences, and learn from this five-year project on urban issues.

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Fellowship Residence

Fellows to Kyoto University, Japan

CEPT University
Md. Anwarul Abedin
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Rina Suryani Oktari
Syiah Kuala University
Thinn Hlaing Oo
Shivangi Chavda

Fellows to National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Taiwan

Jessica Dator-Bercilla
Manila Observatory
Gemma Narisma
Manila Observatory
Kannika Komwong
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
Kunyaphat Thanakunwutthirot
Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University

Fellows to University of Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Md Azizul Bari
Institute for Environment and Development
National University of Malaysia
Nurfashareena Muhamad
Univesiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Fellows to Manila Observatory, Philippines

Resfaniarto Indraka
Jakarta Capital City Government
Saut Sagala
Institute of Technology Bandung


Last Updated on September 2nd, 2015




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