Workshop: Emerging Trends in Disaster Risk Reduction

– Date: 17 March 2015
– Time: 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
– Venue: Hall 2, TKP Garden City Sendai Kotodai, Sendai Park Bldg.
On-site registration is available.


  • Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, FSS, Kansai University
  • Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett, CSSU, University of Leicester
  • Dr Anthony J Masys, CSSU, University of Leicester


  • Professor Andrew Collins (DDN, Northumbria University)
  • Professor Toshio Takatorige (FSS, Kansai University)


*Abstracts of all papers are available at the abstract page.

10.00 am – 10.05 am
Welcome and Opening Comments

10.05 am – 11.00 am
Part I: Complexity Thinking: Vulnerability Analysis of Critical Infrastructure

Network Thinking: Understanding interdependencies and interconnectivity to support vulnerability analysis and DRR (Slides PDF file)

Dr Anthony J Masys and Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester, UK)

Emerging Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities: a perspective of systems thinking & reflective scenario planning (Slides PDF file)

Dr Tie Xu and Dr Anthony J Masys (University of Modern Sciences Dubai and University of Leicester, UK)

11.00 am – 11.15 am

11.15 am – 1.00 pm
Part II: Systems Thinking, Systems Failure and Systems Alignment for DRR and Development

Why more women die in disasters than men? : Making the case for ‘systems failure’

Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett and Mr Bede Wilson (University of Leicester, UK)

Towards a systems approach to drought resilience in the Horn of Africa (Slides PDF file)

Mr Samuel Akera, Mr J.A.C. Manzano, Mr L. Ogallo, Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett and Dr Anthony J Masys (UNDP, Nairobi, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Nairobi and University of Leicester, UK)

Disaster Dynamics: The Unintended Effects of Disaster Resilience Initiatives

Mr Bede Wilson (University of Leicester, UK)

Trust, emergent learning and building of communities of practice: Lessons we can draw from the case of drought proofing in Maharashtra, India (Slides PDF file)

Dr Supriya Akerkar (Oxford-Brookes University, UK)

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Part III: Tackling Complexities and Hyper-Risks

Co-learning in Nepal: How can we learn from each other? Realising co-learning between experts and non-experts (Slides PDF file)

Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University, Japan)

A Critical Pedagogy of Risk: Empowering Children with Knowledge and Skills for DRR (Slides PDF file)

Dr Briony Towers (RMIT University, Australia)

Reactive to Pro-active to Reflective Disaster Responses: Introducing Critical Reflective Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) (Slides PDF file)

Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett, Dr Anthony Masys, Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita and Professor Peter Jackson (University of Leicester, UK)

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Concluding Remarks from the Chairs