Periperi U: Risk Methods School 2018
Dar es Salaam
As East Africa becomes increasingly urban, its risk profile is in rapid transition. This shift is interlinked with changing environmental conditions, including increasing climate variability and change. These factors, combined with fast-growing regional and continental mobility, have created new risk configurations that require inventive development and risk management strategies. They have also highlighted the urgency for grounded, integrated resilience research in risk-prone areas.
Recognising this imperative, the Periperi U partnership is convening an intensive, two-week Risk Methods School from 10-22 September 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hosted by Ardhi University, the School will offer seven x five-day courses in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, United Nations Development Programme and Stellenbosch University’s African Doctoral Academy.
This collaboration responds to the call for Africa’s scientists and researchers to work more closely with humanitarian action, development and disaster risk reduction practitioners, underlined by the 2015 global landmark agreements, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. In response, the teaching team brings a wide range of academic and applied expertise in contemporary risk and resilience research in Africa.
The courses are designed for emerging researchers with an interest in the socially and intellectually compelling fields of disasters, risk and resilience. They have been developed for PhD (or prospective PhD) students in East Africa who are at proposal development stage, and/or are developing their research methodologies. The courses have also been crafted for senior risk managers outside of academia who wish to sharpen their risk and resilience research skills – to keep abreast of developments in the field.
From an interdisciplinary perspective, the courses are conceptualised to integrate the biophysical and social sciences. They intend to provide a two-way immersive bridge so that attendees with skill-sets in the natural sciences can strengthen their capabilities in research design and survey methodology, just as readily as emerging social science researchers with disaster, resilience or risk-related topics can fast-track their understanding of natural hazards processes and risks.