Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities

TRANSCEND Seminar: Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities

Our very first live digital event will take place on Thursday 17 June 2021: ‘Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities.’

Guest speakers will include Dr. Khamarrul Razak (MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Dr. Sara Biscaya (THINKlab, University of Salford), and Assoc. Prof. Tpr. Dr. M. Zainora Asmawi (KAED, International Islamic University Malaysia).

Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in the UK, the TRANSCEND project is investigating socio-technical systems required for enabling a transition towards a more risk-sensitive and transformative urban development approach in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia.

It aims to promote a participatory approach that supports the transparent and democratic involvement of all the relevant stakeholders (including experts from local authorities, disaster management authorities, developers, poor and vulnerable communities, and humanitarian organisations) to analyse, forecast, visualize and debate disaster-risk trade-offs and to choose development plans that ensure sustainability and equitable resilience, giving considerations to climate change adaptation.

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Progressing from Risk to Resilient Cities

Agenda and speakers topics include:

16:00 (09:00 UK): Welcoming the participants

16:30 (09:30 UK): Opening Remarks

16:40 (09:40 UK): Speaker 1. Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak (MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia). “Transdisciplinary Approaches to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Strengthening Resilience.”

17:05 (10:05 UK): Speaker 2. Dr. Sara Biscaya (Thinklab, University of Salford). “Planning Policies in Risk-Sensitive Urban Development.”

17:30 (10:30 UK): Speaker 3. Assoc. Prof. Tpr. Dr. M. Zainora Asmawi (KAED, International Islamic University Malaysia). “Understanding the Environmental Resilience Indicators for City Resilience.”

17:55 (10:55 UK): Q&A Session

18:25 (11:25 UK): Closing Remarks

18:30 (11:30 UK): End of Session

Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak (MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak is currently the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC), Malaysia- Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur. DPPC is a leading disaster center in advancing science, technology and innovation for disaster risk reduction, as in line with the DPPC Transformation Plan 2030, national and global agenda. DPPC is currently a regional research hub for disaster prevention under Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) based in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently a member of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Group, Global Young Academy based in Germany, the voice of young scientists around the world. He is also the member of the technical committee (TC) of Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) TC21: Transdisciplinary Approach for Building Societal resilience to Disasters based in Japan.

Dr. Sara Biscaya. THINKlab, University of Salford.

Dr Biscay is a Lecturer in Architecture at School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE), UoS and Chair of the Women’s Voice Network. She has twenty years’ experience as an architect and urban planner (RIBA, ARB) specialised in production and co-ordination of information and data visualization. She is also an associate with the THINKlab, current projects include ESRC, Co-Pi, Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Sustainable Urban Development TRANSCEND, Co-Network for Building Multi-Institutional Collaboration for Creating Resilient Environments and Communities against Climate Change (Unite4Resilience), exploring the potential of community engagement, the environment, the economy and technology in support of deprived communities in Europe and Asian countries.

Assoc. Prof. Tpr. Dr. M. Zainora Asmawi, KAED, International Islamic University Malaysia.

Associate professor at Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), International Islamic University Malaysia, and an active staff since 1999. Prof. Tpr. Dr. M. Zainora is a corporate member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), a registered member of the Board of Town Planners Malaysia (BTPM), and Malaysian Social Impact Assessment (MSIA). She is presently the Deputy Dean (Post Graduate and Research) at KAED since January 2017. During her tenure with the university, she has held many administrative and academic leadership posts, including Head of Department, Head of Research, Academic Advisor, and Fellow. Her involvement in the research works is parallel with her contribution to the professional practice, i.e. urban planning and environmental related works. She has many research works funded by the Ministry Higher of Education (MOHE), Institut Penilaian Negara (INSPEN), and private sectors as well. She is also actively involved with the society through professional consultancy activities, both in Malaysia and internationally.

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