Welcome to the AIRDR Community of Practice
This Community of Practice (CoP) for the IRDR’s Assessment of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (AIRDR) project is the information dissemination, networking and collaboration forum for the global network of researchers involved in the first systematic and critical global assessent of integrated reearch on disaster risk.
- Aims to become the reference point for sharing AIRDR news and results.
- Builds the capacity of disaster risk researchers through the development and dissemination of knowledge.
- Facilitates the community’s growth through the addition of new researchers interested in conducting integrated research on disaster risk.
- Contributes to the development of an integrated research approach to disaster risk.
Co-Chairs: Virginia JIMENEZ and Shuaib LWASA
Goal: To inform the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction on scientific contributions to disaster risk reduction by:
- Providing a baseline of the current state of the science on integrated research on disaster risk;
- Identifying and supporting a longer-term science agenda for the research community and funding entities; and
- Creating a mechanism for substantiating advances in the scientific evidentiary basis for supporting policy and practice.
Approved in 2011 by the IRDR Science Committee (SC), AIRDR is providing a baseline of the current state of integrated research on disaster risk through a systematic and critical global assessment of the existing literature. AIRDR was created to inform on potential scientific contributions in the development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The results of AIRDR are also expected to help identify elements for a longer-term science agenda that can serve both the research community and funding entities. In addition, the project is generating input for new approaches to strengthen the scientific evidentiary basis for supporting policy and practice.
What is Integrated Disaster Research?
For the purposes of this assessment, integrated disaster research involves two or more researchers from diverse disciplines and specialties (including professional and practitioners expertise) active in the co‐production of novel concepts, theory, methods that leads to new knowledge. It includes a community of researchers spanning traditional academic boundaries (sciences, social sciences, humanities, health, engineering, law, arts, education, business), methodological approaches (quantitative‐qualitative, analytical‐interpretive, expressive‐performance), and real‐world experiences.
Integrated research examines problem‐focused socially‐driven research questions, which cannot be adequately addressed by one or a small number of research disciplines, or without collaborative problem solving and real‐world engagement of non‐academics. Many refer to this as transdisciplinary research (Hadorn et al. 2008) or transdisciplinary action research (Stokols 2006). Integrated research permits a more comprehensive understanding of the construction of a particular disaster situation, context, or problem and also provides policy‐relevant information for social interventions designed to reduce risk. An integrated research approach requires diverse epistemologies, theories, and methodologies, with no prior assumptions about the primacy of each in addressing the problem.
The notion of integrated research defined here also entails the incorporation of different stakeholders in the co‐production of knowledge, especially in the problem formulation and dissemination of research results. Where such participation is involved, we refer to this as “participatory processes of integrated research.” Finally, our consideration of integrated research on disaster risk considers the ways and extent to which researchers from northern continents and backgrounds interact with those from southern reaches, promoting richness and synergies in research concepts, methods, and design.
Hadorn, G. H., H. Hoffmann‐Riem S. Biber‐Klemm, W. Grossenbacher‐Mansuy, , D. Joye, C. Pohl, U. Wiesmann, and E. Zemp, (eds.) 2008. Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Springer: Bern.
Stokols, D., 2006. Toward a science of transdisciplinary action research. Am. J. Community Psychology 38: 63‐77.
There are two primary elements in AIRDR’s approach:
1. To document and critically assess the existing published scientific literature on integrated disaster risk.
Questions to be considered include:
- How has integrated research been constituted and organised?
- What kinds of research qualify as integrated research on disaster risk?
2. To identify the strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and opportunities for new knowledge and investments.
Questions to be considered include:
- What is known well within the research community in terms of capacity, technology, tools, methodologies, and translation of findings to actions?
- What evidence is there to support such strength in understanding?
- What is less well-known in the research?
- Where do the shortcomings come from, e.g. perils studied, regional understanding, spatial or temporal coverage of topics?
- Where are the gaps in our empirical understanding of disaster risk where strategic investments could be made?
- How do we identify what is not now known through our research but needs to be known?
- What new opportunities are available for learning from the co-production of knowledge to further enhance integrative research?
- What barriers impede integrative research and how might these be overcome?
The following are the expected outcomes of the AIRDR project:
- An assessment of integrated research on disaster risk.
- A guideline on assessing the effectiveness of integrated research on disaster risk, which includes consideration of the methodology, criteria, factors, and the process of conducting such an assessment.
- Identification and development of a long-term scientific research as references for scientific input and investment in IRDR research.
Additional outcomes to be generated by AIRDR include:
- An AIRDR forum with full engagement of the international scientific research community.
- Integrated research on disaster risk stimulated at the national, regional and global levels.
- Establishment of a baseline and potential outline for future science investments.
- Engagement and education of a young generation of researchers and practitioners during the AIRDR development process.
Melanie Gall, Khai Hoan Nguyen, Susan L. Cutter (2015). Integrated research on disaster risk: Is it really integrated? International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 12, June 2015, Pages 255-267
AIRDR Project Reports
- Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (2014). Guide to Assessing Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR AIRDR Publication No. 1). Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
- Gall, M., S. L. Cutter, and K. Nguyen (2014). Incentives for Disaster Risk Management (IRDR AIRDR Publication No. 2). Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
- Gall, M., S. L. Cutter, and K. Nguyen (2014). Governance in Disaster Risk Management (IRDR AIRDR Publication No. 3). Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
- Gall, M., S. L. Cutter, and K. Nguyen (2014). Transformative Development and Disaster Risk Management (IRDR AIRDR Publication No. 4). Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
AIRDR Project Background Documents