11th NERPS Webinar: Disaster Risk Reduction under Conflict Situation

17 June 2021 (10:00-11:00 AM JST)

About the Webinar

In this webinar, Prof Takako Izumi of Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) will talk about the involvement of non-governmental organizations in the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) measures in conflict situations.

About the Speaker

Takako Izumi is an associate professor at Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), working on global frameworks and strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Her research focuses on international DRR strategies, humanitarian assistance, and DRR initiatives at the local and community levels.

She is concurrently serving as director of the Multi-Hazards Program, started in 2013 by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a consortium of 57 leading research institutions. The Multi-Hazards Program aims to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster science and contribute to a policy-making process at regional and international levels.

Before joining Tohoku University, she spent more than15 years working in the fields of disaster risk reduction, response, recovery, and development with NGOs and various United Nations agencies, including UN-Habitat, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Office of the Recovery Coordinator for Ache and Nias (UNORC), and Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Since May 2015, she has been serving as a member of the UNDRR Asian-Pacific Science and Technology Advisory Group (APSTAG) to support the efforts of governments and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR.

She holds a PhD in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

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