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Geography academics awarded funding for projects to help developing countries

Posted on 25/11/2016

King’s Geography researchers have been awarded funding to work on key projects that will help communities in some of the poorest regions of the world understand, prepare for and manage a range of natural and man-made environmental hazards.

The Building Resilience research programme projects, funded by three of the UK's research councils (NERC, ESRC and AHRC), will take an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding what causes environmental dangers like droughts, land degradation, volcanoes, earthquakes and flooding, and build in preparedness to help countries cope.

One of these projects titled  ‘Why we Disagree about Resilience: epistemology, methodology and policy space for integrated disaster risk management’ will be led by King’s Geography Professor Mark Pelling as Principal Investigator. Mark will be supported in his work by co-investigators and departmental colleagues Professor Bruce Malamud and Dr James Millington.

This project will combine political philosophy and critical social science to ask questions of duty and power to science production processes; review participatory methods used to describe resilience; and bring together experience from hazards mapping and visualisation as well as arts and performance methods to provide multiple methods that can surface different interpretations of resilience.

Kings Geography’s Dr Rob Francis and Dr Nick Drake will also be acting as co-investigators on a different project titled ‘War Impact on Dryland Environments and Social-Ecological Resilience in Somalia (WIDER-SOMA)’, and will be supporting Principal Investigator Dr Michaelides from the University of Bristol.

The aim of this project is to understand the impacts of war on dryland environments and establish the foundations on which to build socio-ecological resilience to environmental degradation during and post-conflict. The long-term goal is to convert this knowledge into sustainable land use in Somalia in partnership with local agencies and communities in the context of ongoing conflict.

A total of 22 projects have been awarded funding to start this month. You can see which other projects were funded here.

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