The 5th Annual International Conference on Building Resilience, Newcastle, Australia Jul 15-17 2015

5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA, 15TH-17TH JULY 2015


Order of Proceedings

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Exploring the concept of resilience as a useful framework of analysis for how society can cope with the threat of natural and human induced hazards

The risks and vulnerabilities exposed by natural hazards and disasters are on the rise globally, and the impacts are severe and widespread: extensive loss of life, particularly among vulnerable members of a community; economic losses, hindering development goals; destruction of the built and natural environment, further increasing vulnerability; and, widespread disruption to local institutions and livelihoods, disempowering the local community. Rising population and infrastructures, particularly in urban areas, has significantly increased disaster risk, amplified the degree of uncertainty, challenged emergency arrangements and raised issues regarding their appropriateness.

What is becoming equally apparent, however, is the importance of resilience - not only in the structures that humans design and build, but in the way society perceives, copes with, and reshapes lives after the worst has happened: to use change to better cope with the unknown.

Despite resilience having been widely adopted in research, policy and practice to describe the way in which they would like to reduce our society's susceptibility to the threat posed by such hazards, there is little consensus regarding what resilience is, what it means to society, and perhaps most importantly, how societies might achieve greater resilience in the face of increasing threats from natural and human induced hazards.


Wednesday 15th July

15:00 - 16:30

Conference Registration
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

16:00 - 18:00

CONFERENCE INAUGURATION AND WELCOME RECEPTION
Chair Dr. Jamie MacKee
Welcome address by Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Newcastle City Hall

Thursday 16th July

08:30- 09:15

Registration, Tea and Coffee
Newcastle City Hall

09:15 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSION
Chair: Dr. Jamie MacKee
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kevin Hall, University of Newcastle

Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall

10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

10:45 - 12:15

UNITAR MEETING
Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall
ANDROID MEETING
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room
RESILIENCE
Newcastle City Hall - Mulubinba Room
Doctoral School
University House UNH419

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

13:30 - 14:15

PLENARY SESSION
Chair: Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran
Keynote Speaker: Louise Brooke-Smith, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK

Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall

14:30 - 16:00

BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall
SOCIAL RESILIENCE
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room
RESILIENCE
Newcastle City Hall - Mulubinba Room
Doctoral School
University House UNH419

16:00 - 16:30

Afternoon Tea
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

16:45 - 18:15

BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall
SOCIAL RESILIENCE
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room
DISASTER RISK
Newcastle City Hall - Mulubinba Room
Doctoral School
University House UNH419

18:30 - 21:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks, Canapés and Conference Dinner
Newcastle Civic Theatre

Friday 17th July

08:30 - 09:00

Registration, Tea and Coffee
Newcastle City Hall

09:15 - 10:00

PLENARY SESSIONChair: Dr. Jason Von Meding
Keynote Speaker: Professor Makarand (Mark) Hastak, Purdue University, USA
Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall

10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

10:45 - 12:30

Parallel Session 10
Newcastle City Hall - Concert Hall
GENERAL PAPER SESSION
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room
DISASTER RISK
Newcastle City Hall - Mulubinba Room
Doctoral School
University House UNH419

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and Conference Close
Newcastle City Hall - Cummings Room

The Building Resilience Conference Series has maintained close links with the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign launched by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. This campaign is now at the end of its second phase. Over recent years, "Making Cities Resilient" has targeted local and national governments to inform, empower and strengthen capacity.

Indeed, 2015 marks a broader turning point for the UNISDR with the finalisation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015. The UNISDR's Conference in March at Sendai, Japan, will sign off the Post-Hyogo framework which will set the disaster risk reduction agenda for the next ten years.

The challenges that the UNISDR intends to address are clear:

  1. Exposure to disaster risk is increasing: Not only is the human cost and economic cost of disasters mounting, but an increasing number of people and assets are located in areas of high risk.
  2. All countries are vulnerable: Risk isn't just increasing in developing countries but also in some of the world's largest economies.
  3. Economic losses will continue to increase: Many countries are still not attributing Disaster Risk Reduction the same priority as fiscal stability, unemployment or inflation.

Christchurch, New Zealand following February Earthquake Image by Martin Luff


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ANDROID Doctoral Workshop on Building Resilience

This workshop aims to explore doctoral research work on Building Resilience with specific attention to disaster preparedness and response. Although building 'resilient' systems has long been prioritised by both industry and academia, an awareness of increasing natural and man-made hazards has renewed the call for alternative conceptual and operational understandings of disaster management concepts and operations. PhD students from different disciplines involved in research germane to disaster management and resilience building will present their papers in this workshop.


Doctorial School Secession Chair:

Professor Srinath Perera
ANDROID Doctoral School Coordinator, Northumbria University, UK

Conference Chair:

Dr Jamie MacKee
Assistant Dean International, the University of Newcastle

Doctoral Workshop Coordinator:

Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran
Director Research School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Roundtable discussion on the role of Higher Education in supporting implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

Facilitated by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor Richard Haigh, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

This year sees the convergence of three global policy frameworks: the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (March 2015), The Sustainable Development Goals (September 2015; SDGs) and the Climate Change Agreements (December 2015: COP21). This represents an opportunity to emphasise cross-cutting themes, including the importance of research and education across the different global policy agendas in disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and in doing so, to support evidence-based decision-making.

This roundtable discussion will feed into a major global study that is exploring the role of Higher Education in supporting implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted by 187 UN members states in March 2015. The Sendai Framework has an enhanced role for science and knowledge, including explicit mention of coproduction. Science is called to action repeatedly in the text, be it in disaster risk reduction education and training, post-disaster reviews, research into disaster scenarios or early warning systems. Modelling and early warning are especially emphasised, but there is also recognition of wider social processes, including culture, as well as renewed emphasis on training and within this on integrated approaches.

Participants will be invited to consider the challenges set out in the new framework and the opportunities for Higher Education to contribute to the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health, and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years.


Newcastle City Hall


Celebrating 50 Years at UON

2015 will mark the celebration of the University of Newcastle's 50th year. The hosting of this international conference is a testament to the dedication of our leaders to delivering world-class innovation in research. Learn more about Celebrate 50.