What Difference Do International and Cross-Disciplinary Teams Make to Disaster Research Practice?
Divisions of Geography & Environmental Management Northumbria University School of Applied Sciences Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Akerkar, Supriya Akerkar
Divisions of Geography & Environmental Management University of Northumbria Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Scharf, Manuela Scharf
Divisions of Geography & Environmental Management University of Northumbria Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, United Kingdom
What difference do international and cross-disciplinary teams make to disaster research practice? This paper will share experiences from the MICRODIS project (http://www.microdis-eu.be/). MICRODIS is an Integrated Project funded under the EU Sixth Framework Programme. Its overall goal is to strengthen disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention strategies in order to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of extreme events (floods, earthquakes and storms) on communities. The project aims include developing an integrated impact methodology and establishing an evidence-base of primary field research through quantitative surveys and various qualitative methods in Europe and Asia. MICRODIS includes partners from seven countries in Europe and Asia who come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds (including sociology, epidemiology, anthropology, psychology) and practice communities (including both academic partners and disaster-development practitioners).
The paper discusses issues concerning the translation of research concepts and practice across national, regional, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.