United Kingdom

COBRA 2010 - RICS construction, building and real estate research conference

Organizer(s) Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) COBRA 2010 research conference to be held at Dauphine Université Paris, France, on 2-3 September 2010 will feature a Disaster Management stream organised by the Centre for Disaster Resilience; at the University of Salford, UK.

Contributions are invited for the themed session on Disaster Management that will be held as part of the RICS COBRA 2010 conference aims to stimulate ideas arising from research by exploring the range of perspectives from which the construction industry is able to contribute towards improved resilience to disasters and by facilitating the dissemination of the existing knowledge base. These will take the form of scholarly written papers for presentation at the COBRA conference by their authors.

All contributions will be subject to prior peer-review and will also be published in the formal proceedings of the RICS COBRA 2010 conference. Contributions are also encouraged from postgraduate researchers in the field bringing together the International Postgraduate community in the field to present and discuss their research. Accordingly, a stream of activities dedicated for postgraduate researchers in Disaster Management will be held and there will be a dedicated stream of developmental papers for Postgraduate researchers.

Some of the themes that will be dealt with are (but not limited to) : Disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction; Restoration of major infrastructure and rehabilitation; Construction project management for post-disaster reconstruction; Assessment of disaster-related damage; Building resilience auditing; Procuring and supplying temporary services and shelter; Post disaster Construction waste management; Risk reduction and continuity management; Linking reconstruction to sustainable economic development; Participatory approaches to reconstruction and empowerment of women and vulnerable groups; Knowledge management practices at different phases of the disaster lifecycle, disaster risk reduction; Climate changes and the affect on the built environment; Financial management, governance and transparency; Corporate social responsibility & Law and regulatory frameworks; Post conflict reconstruction.

Other features will include:

-Best paper award in collaboration with The International Journal of the Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
-Selected papers will be published in The International Journal of the Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
-Special session for Postgraduate researchers researching in Disaster Management
-Q & A session on Disaster Management research.

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