As part of the Scoping Study for the Science for Humanitarian
Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme, a workshop was held on 9
December 2013 at the Wellcome Trust in London. The workshop was attended
primarily by UK-based researchers working in Africa, South Asia and the
Caribbean. The workshop was based around group-based discussions on:
- Current relevant research, and identification of research gaps
- Identifying research needs related to the integration of risk
assessments and early warning systems into decision-making in low
- Recommendations for research priorities in the SHEAR programme.
Forty experts participated in 4 mixed-groups. The stakeholder groups
represented were academics, research institutes, private sector
specialists, international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and
staff from DFID; all of whom were represented by experts with direct
interest in risk assessment and early warning systems in low income
countries in the 3 regions. The discussions were run under the Chatham
The objective of the workshop was to gain a better understanding of what
opportunities exist to make a significant difference to the progress and
uptake of research on risk assessment and early warning systems for
weather-related hazards. The workshop achieved this by assessing
perceived gaps, needs and priorities, against an awareness of the large
amount of existing initiatives already underway.
This report provides a synthesis of the main ideas and suggestions put
forward by the workshop participants. These ideas were fed into the
findings of the study’s final report.
This report has been produced by HR Wallingford Ltd for Evidence on
Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International
Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment,
Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied
Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by HTSPE
Limited and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Pearce, G. Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) scoping study: Annex 5 - Workshop report, London, 9 December 2013. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) ii + 11 pp. [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.june2014.pearce]