Conference and Events Participation
World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, March 2016
As part of the collaborative development of PRUV’s research design a number of PRUV delegates held a panel session at the 4th bi-annual IHSA conference took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 5th to 8th March 2016. The papers presented related to each PRUV work package; social capital, protection, legal frameworks, comprehensive security and public health.
The panellists engaged in a rich discussion of their emerging research designs and received useful feedback, in particular concerning the importance of power relations and gender in urban settings.
PRUV delegates attending the conference were Chris Pain (Concern Worldwide), Dr Pat Gibbons (University College Dublin), Dr Rónán McDermott (University College Dublin), Prof. Siswanto Wilopo (Gadjah Mada University), Dr. Cristina Churrucca (University of Deusto), Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze (Ruhr University Bochum), and Prof. Joost Herman (University of Groningen). The delegates are pictured amongst the other conference attendees below.
PRUV Kick-start Seminar, Dublin, May 2016
From 16th to 18th May 2016 the PRUV consortium held its kick-start seminar at University College Dublin. It brought together researchers from across the across consortium with the goal of priming the research.
- Day 1: Overview of Urban Contexts and Work Packages
On day 1 the consortium was firstly briefed on the urban contexts in Colombia, Indonesia and Kenya in which primary research will be undertaken. This was followed by a presentation of each of the work packages by the work package leaders who proposed specific objectives to guide the research undertaken. Over the course of the 3-day seminar participants had the opportunity to reflect on and discuss these proposals. Future Analytics Consulting, which has considerable experience in engaging in H2020 projects concerning the theme of urban resilience, provided a workshop in the afternoon that introduced all actors to current debates concerning this theme.
- Day 2: Transferable Skills Training
Transferable skills training workshops were held relating to field safety and security, social network analysis and research ethics.
- Day 3: Finalising the Research Projects
Study groups were formed in line with the work packages. The study groups further clarified the work packages and mapped mobility within the project.
NOHA-CERAH Workshop on Interdisciplinarity in humanitarian research, Brussels, 3rd -4th October 2016
The PRUV project featured as a case study at a recent NOHA-CERAH workshop on inter-disciplinarity in humanitarian research. It was stated that both the urban and resilience dimensions of the PRUV project demand an inter-disciplinary research approach.
Resilience is an interdisciplinary concept that is practical, oriented towards positive change, has genealogical roots in a wide range of disciplines, is systemic in orientation, and capable of managing complexity. Nonetheless, the concept has drawbacks: it is overstretched, has varied (often incompatible) definitions across disciplines, and certain definitions of resilience are potentially politically conservative/individualistic. In short, the concept can be used for different ends and to serve different agendas.
Particularly complex social systems are urban social systems. Social systems are denser, not only in terms of population but also in terms of relationships of (inter-) dependency in the economic, social, security, cultural, and other spheres. There are increasing calls for humanitarian actors to work within existing systems, cf. the localising response call emerging from the World Humanitarian Summit. Single disciplines are insufficient to capture (observe, analyse, address) the complexity of urban social systems, thereby rendering inter-disciplinary research on urban systems necessary.