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The UCL Humanitarian Institute is organising an evening conference on “Natural Hazards, Conflicts and Disasters in the Himalaya. Where now is the future?” The event will be held on Wednesday February 19th 2020 between 6pm and 8pm at the UCL Bloomsbury Campus, Roberts Engineering Building G06 Sir Ambrose Flemming Lecture Theatre. A reception will follow in the Engineering Foyer.

The event will focus on understanding the effects of the intersection between a wide range of natural hazards, conflicts, underdevelopment, and human dimensions of disaster risk on lives and livelihoods of people in the Himalayan region. The conference will also cover the deliberations on future challenges arising from climate change and transboundary resource management and finding the pathways for disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and stability in the region. Development practitioners, policymakers, researchers, students and the general public are welcome.

Speakers for the event are:

  • Jessica Field is Lecturer in Global Challenges at Brunel University. She is a member of UNHCR India Academicians Working Group, New Delhi, where she was until recently Associate Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University. She will introduce disasters in the Himalaya in their historical and social contexts.
  • M. Sultan Bhat is Professor of Geography in the University of Kashmir, India, where he is Head of Department. He will address human drivers of vulnerability and disaster risk in Kashmir. His research interest also includes watershed studies and impact of urbanisation in mountain regions.
  • Pervez Ahmed is Associate Professor in the University of Kashmir, India, where he heads the Climate and Cryosphere Group. He will address the implications of climate change for resources and hazard risks in the Himalaya.
  • Punam Yadav is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster, UCL and General Secretary of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council. She will address the gendered impacts of disaster and conflict on development and social transformation in post -conflict post-disaster contexts.

This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. Full details and registration here.

It is part of the UCL Humanitarian Institute Conference Series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals showcasing research in developing countries and providing an international platform for their leading researchers.

The event will also be followed by the Humanitarian Masterclass: Earth Observation and Natural Hazards event which is being held on Thursday 20 February between 10.00am – 4.00pm.

This event will be held at the UCL Bloomsbury Campus  Malet Place Engineering Building Room 1.20 and DMS Watson Library G15 Public Cluster. It will explore the role of earth observation (EO) technology in monitoring and mitigation of natural hazards with focus on cyclones and landslides as examples.

This event is also free to attend but attendees must register in advance.Full details and registration here.