We are pleased to announce the 57th Sogo Bosai Seminar (June 3) as follows. We look forward to your kind participation.
The seminar will be held in a hybrid manner both via Zoom and onsite. The venue is room S-519D of Uji campus, Kyoto University.
Resilience is currently a central policy concept in many fields. The notion reflects the reality of crises in the 21st century that according to P. Lagadec (2005), concern “unthinkable events in inconceivable contexts”. Resilience to hazards is often seen as the ability to resist and respond when hazards are manifested and to bounce back from their impacts even if disastrous. Nonetheless, from the point of view of disaster management there is still much room for clarity if resilience is to become an operational planning entity.
Three cases from the Greek context are employed to raise concerns on the relationship between resilience and planning. In this presentation I will first present the case of small enterprises in West Attica after the 1999 Parnitha (Athens) earthquake disaster; second, the case of emergency and temporary shelter after earthquake disasters; and finally, resilience to heat waves in urban centers. Trade-offs are identified between resilience and vulnerability, between resilience and coping capacity, and between resilience to different stressors and shocks. To this end, rather than a planning goal, resilience could be seen as a safety net against shortcomings of disaster planning and management in an era of uncertainty.
Miranda Dandoulaki has long work experience in the public sector in the fields of civil protection, disaster management and sustainable development. She has been a scientific and research coordinator on sustainable development in the Greek National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government and Vice Director of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government. She has been a scientific officer in the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre working on critical infrastructure protection. For many years, she worked in the Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization and has served as Vice Director of the European Centre for the Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquakes, and the National Permanent Correspondent to the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe.
Dr. Dandoulaki has provided consultancy on disaster management to Greek municipalities and prefectures and has been the local consultant on emergency shelter to the Council of Europe. She teaches in post-graduate courses the topics of social and economic disaster impacts and emergency management. She has contributed to more than 30 research projects and studies and has published in books and scientific journals.