Blog posts

   Bringing SHEAR together in Brighton

The SHEAR programme held its first annual meeting in this autumn, bringing together the wide range of researchers involved in the different projects and all their different experiences and perspectives. Here, three members of the SHEAR Studentship Cohort — Neeraj Sah, Anna Twomlow and Siobhan Dolan — share their reflections on the experience.


   Citizen science: friend or foe?

Katarzyna Cieslik and Jonathan Paul, Landslide-EVO

Landslide-EVO sensor

The annual Development Studies Association conference invites both academic and practitioner reflections on issues of global importance, from poverty alleviation, through gender justice and the practices of inclusion, to the sustainable use of natural resources. This year's event was hosted by the University of Manchester and centred around the broadly understood theme of global inequalities 'as a subject of research, an issue for action and as a lens through which to approach the world'.


   Pressure cooker: can you design a risk communication strategy in 24 hours?

Anna Twomlow (SHEAR Studentship Cohort PhD student, Imperial College London)
Olivia Taylor (SHEAR Studentship Cohort PhD student, University of Sussex)

Pressure cooker challenge

Every two years, academics, professionals and practitioners working in disaster risk management gather for the Understanding Risk Forum, a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in disaster risk management. This year, the forum was hosted in Mexico City, and we were fortunate enough to participate, and take part in the world's first 24-hour 'Risk communication pressure cooker challenge'. The challenge was hosted by the Water Youth Network, an organisation that connects youth and organisations within the water sector and beyond.


   New perspectives: fieldwork in Nepal

Neeraj Sah, PhD Scholar, Landslide-EVO, Imperial College London
Siobhan Dolan, PhD Scholar, FATHUM, University of Reading

Neeraj

Rain gauge at Buddhiganga

I started my PhD with fieldwork in western Nepal, and I have no qualms in saying that I had a completely unexpected experience in terms of my understanding of the project, and interaction and collaboration with local people, government officials and other stakeholders.

This fieldwork was carried out by Jonathan Paul, Neeraj Sah, Saugat Paudel and Siobhan Dolan from the Landslide-EVO project between 1 and 12 May 2018. The main objectives were to replace an existing river-level sensor with a new, more sophisticated one, and to install other sensors and a dense network of rain gauges at various locations in the Upper Karnali basin (Bahjang and Bajura districts) that are prone to landslide and flood risk.

It was a very exciting journey as we met new people, local leaders, school teachers and students every day, shared our research objectives, and involved them as much as possible at this stage of the project.


   Showcasing projects building resilience to El Niño — lessons from the field

Showcasing projects building resilience to El Niño — lessons from the field

The most recent El Niño event, occurring from 2015 to 2016, was amongst the strongest ever recorded. In response, NERC and the Department of International Development (DfID) funded the Understanding the Impacts of the Current El Niño Event research programme, which seeks to improve societal wellbeing by building a knowledge base to inform preparation for future extreme climate events.

23 February 2018