Workshop Overview

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Improvised shelters in India after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

“Taking Stock and Taking Action:
Disaster Research and the Challenges Ahead”

Wednesday April 30th – Saturday May 3rd, 2014

The Disaster Research Center was established in 1963 and now, fifty years later, the DRC is celebrating its continued success in research, training, and service to the disaster community. The 50th Anniversary Workshop and Celebration will bring together researchers and practitioners from throughout the history of DRC and the larger disaster science, policy, and management field in a unique opportunity to assess the state of the art and to map out future research paths.

The premise of the workshop is that we are living in the midst of a “second environmental crisis,” an unfolding disaster era as compelling, but not as recognized, as the environmental crisis of the 1960s: a complex of seemingly intractable hazards across the intersections of natural, social, and technical systems.  Rapid urbanization, growing populations, global economic adjustments, environmental degradation, decaying infrastructure, climate change, and technological failures of every description create a universal risk milieu whose origins and outcomes are hard to identify and for which ameliorative steps are elusive. This crisis demands new research directives that build new theory, explore new methods, and that foster synthesis and integration of ideas that can be useful in creating more adaptive risk management institutions.

Please join us in scoping out new research directions and celebrating
the future of disaster research!



Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716

Events Include:

Tours of the Disaster Research Center including the E.L. Quarantelli Research Collection, breakout sessions, plenaries, and discussion on emerging research and policy needs, followed by the DRC BBQ Celebration at the Marriott on Saturday May 3rd.

Newly Added!! Workshop Participants, please join IAEM’s UD Chapter
for the IAEM Happy Hour at Catherine Rooney’s
Friday, May 2nd from 530pm to 7pm!

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