Towards a Research Partnership in Disaster Management and Resilience Symposium

29 November 2012, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

RMIT and the University of Salford Centre for Disaster Resilience is hosting this one-day symposium

International research linkages are increasingly becoming important in securing competitive grants and demonstrating global impact. This one-day research symposium will enable the sharing of disaster and resilience research undertaken by RMIT University and the University of Salford’s Centre for Disaster Resilience and is an opportunity to develop a strong research partnership between our institutions. It is possible that papers from the symposium could be revised as a special issue of International Journal for Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment.

Symposium themes

Themes of mutual research interest at RMIT and the Salford Centre for Disaster Resilience Centre include:

  • Capacity building for mitigation and reconstruction
  • Project management for post disaster reconstruction
  • Community engagement to build disaster resilience
  • Resilience and adaptive capacity
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Risk management and sustainability
  • Settlement infrastructure and shelter
  • Stakeholder management
  • Post disaster waste management
  • Extreme weather events and coping strategies
  • Community engagement and participation in reconstruction
  • Role of women in mitigating and managing disasters
  • Protection and empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups
  • Social impact of reconstruction
  • Post-disaster livelihood development
  • Development and construction
  • Knowledge management and integration
  • Public policy, governance & procurement
  • Business continuity analysis and planning

Symposium supporters

  • SURF Research Program, Global Cities Research Institute
  • University of Salford Centre for Disaster Resilience
  • EU Centre at RMIT
  • RMIT Disaster Research Network
  • Communication, Politics and Culture Research Cluster

Deadline call for papers: 31 October 2012

Please submit your name and the title and abstract of a paper may wish to present to:

  • Ms Gayle Seddon, Manager, SURF Research Program – Email:
  • Professor John Fien, Professor of Sustainability – Email:

Papers with oral presentations to be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion.