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Disasters in Bangladesh: Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

17:30 - 19:00 05 December 2012

Location: 34 Tavistock Square, DPU building. Room 101

Disasters in Bangladesh

Vulnerability to disasters is socially constructed and an outcome of multiple interacting structural and environmental forces. In Bangladesh, in most cases, vulnerability is closely linked to the provision of basic needs, and should be understood as unsolved development problems since it is not the product of nature per se but the product of the relationship between the nature and organizational structure of society. In course of time people developed capacity to adapt to disasters through adjustments in their lives, livelihoods, and natural and built environments by using local knowledge and experiences. The presentations will shed light on climate change impacts, and discuss how the dynamic process of adaptation is taking place in Bangladesh at household and community levels in both rural and urban contexts.

For this event we have a number of researchers, both from Bangladesh and abroad, who will present their perspectives:

Dr Afroza Parvin is a Professor at Architecture Discipline, Khulna University, with a background in architecture, urban planning and urban design. She is a Commonwealth Fellow at DPU. Afroza’s ongoing research on disaster-prone coastal settlements frames the notion of vulnerability and resilience from a socio-spatial perspective. Her current research focuses on developing integrated strategic approaches to build disaster-resilience at community and household level.

Terry Cannon is Senior Research Fellow in the Climate Change Team, Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex. He also teaches on community adaptation and disaster management at King’s College London, and is visiting director of studies at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, which is based in Dhaka.

Dr Manoj Roy is Research Fellow at Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), the University of Manchester and co-director of the ‘Poverty and Climate Change in Urban Bangladesh’ programme. His current research funding includes ESRC-DFID Joint Scheme of Research on Poverty Alleviation. He has interests in the following aspects of urban poverty analysis: adaptation practices; informal architecture and planning; informal land market; and ecosystem services of urban green structures.

Dr Cassidy Johnson, a Lecturer at DPU, works on disaster risk reduction and urban governance. She was part of a research collaboration between DPU and BRAC University in Bangladesh looking at resident’s coping capacities for flood and heat impacts in informal settlements in Dhaka, and is currently a part of the project ‘’Action Research for Community-based Adaptation in Bangladesh’ led by Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.