Bridging science and practice

Communities face increasingly severe and complex disaster risks, but scientific developments can provide innovative solutions.

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The Challenge

The scientific community is producing a wealth of information and tools which have the potential to build resilience to disasters. Research is resulting in increasingly sophisticated observation and forecasting, with increasing understanding of disaster risks.

But the gap between science and practice means that science is not always guided by considerations like the needs, priorities and resources in a community.

Decision-makers in local and national governments, civil society and community organisations, and community members who are working to build resilience and reduce disaster risk may also be completely unaware that this new knowledge exists, or of how they can access, understand and use it.

The Ingenious Solution

We work to connect scientists across disciplines and to bridge the gap between science and practice.

By supporting physical and social scientists to work collaboratively, we enhance the quality of research, so that it helps us to better understand complex environments where physical and social factors interact to affect disaster risk.

At the same time, connecting scientific research to on-the-ground work means that research can have a real impact, be driven to respond to the key needs of vulnerable communities, and be applied to different contexts around the world.

Under the FCDO and NERC-funded Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) programme, we are working with researchers from Kings College London, Durham University, UK Met Office and British Geological Survey on multi-hazard early warning incorporating landslide risk.

The Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience Programme consists of over 100 projects being implemented by almost 70 research institutions, universities, meteorological agencies, international and local NGOs, in eight different countries in South Asia and Africa. Through it, we’re working to connect cutting-edge science to urgent resilience needs.

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