Welcome to the FORIN Community of Practice
This Community of Practice (CoP) for the IRDR’s Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) project is the information dissemination, networking and collaboration forum for the growing network of researchers already using the FORIN template, and for those interested in this new methodology of investigating the underlying causes of disaster losses.
- Aims to become the reference point for sharing FORIN news, proposals, results, and ideas.
- 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.
- Contributes to the development of an integrated research approach to disaster risk.
Co-Chairs: Anthony OLIVER-SMITH and Irasema ALCÁNTARA-AYALA
The Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) project proposes an approach that aims to uncover the root causes of disasters through in-depth investigations that go beyond the typical reports and case studies conducted post-disaster events. Thoroughly analysing cases, including both success stories and failures, will help build an understanding of how natural hazards do—or do not—become disasters. This is in furtherance of Goal 4 (Reducing risk and curbing losses through knowledge-based actions.) in the IRDR Strategic Plan (2013-2017), to which FORIN’s activities are aligned.
The methodology is built around case studies and, in keeping with the IRDR research objectives, the FORIN case studies will be integrated, that is more than an assembly of different disciplinary approaches.
The project has identified a diverse range of objectives:
- Policy: conduct analyses with inputs from multiple disciplines, stakeholders, and policy makers in order to guide policy and encourage coherence across all key disciplines.
- Management: focus attention on the link between research findings and improved policy formulation and application in practice, and develop and maintain a bank of high-quality case studies publicly available through the IRDR website.
- Scientific research: advance methodological diversity and implement science-based results, and build a strong interdisciplinary capacity of young researchers.
- Development: substantiate that generic causes have local manifestations, promote a ‘learning culture’ among all stakeholders, and foster wider dialogue between analytical researchers and implementing practitioners, building a common discourse in the process.
- Disaster risk reduction: promote sustainable risk management and risk reduction through science-based research, relate the research to the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), provide wider emphasis on reducing human consequences, and develop case studies that illustrate ‘risk-drivers.’
Many of the attributes of FORIN have already been described and published in the first IRDR FORIN project report, Forensic Investigations of Disasters: The FORIN Project (IRDR FORIN Publication No. 1).
FORIN Studies Review:
- Arabella Fraser, Shona Patterson and Mark Pelling (2014). A Review of the FORIN Methodology and Existing FORIN Case Studies
- [This review is a product of the EU FP7 funded PEARL (Preparing for Extreme and Rare events in coastal regions) project]
- Hui-Hsuan Yang, Su-Ying Chen, Sung-Ying Chien , and Wei-Sen Li (2014). Forensic Investigation of Typhoon Morakot Disaster: Nansalu and Daniao Village Case Study
Follow-on Project Reports from the 2012 Advanced Institute on FORIN:
- C. Kendra Gotangco Castillo, Jairus Josol, Michael Padilla, John Paolo Dalupang, Justin See and Raiza Elumba (2013). Harmonizing FORIN for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management to Develop Multi-Sectoral Narratives for Metro Manila.
- Tailin Huang, Hsiang-Chieh Lee, Hui-Hsuan Yang and Chung-Sheng Lee (2013). Towards a Generic Framework for Synthesizing the Societal Disturbance from Typhoon Morakot.
- Sopon Naruchaikusol, Malin Beckman, and Junko Mochizuki (2013). Disaster Response and Adaptive Capacity of Upland Communities in the Face of Increasing Climate Risk: A discussion of changing livelihoods, land use, and natural resource management in Northern Thailand.
- Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava (2013). Predictive Forensics for Averting Possible Disasters: A FORIN Template for Tackling Issues Related to the Valley Fault System and the Angat Dam in Luzon, Philippines. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]
FORIN Background Documents:
- Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (2011). Forensic Investigations of Disasters: The FORIN Project (IRDR FORIN Publication No. 1) . Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
- Burton, Ian (2010). Forensic Disaster Investigations in Depth: A New Case Study Model. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 52 No. 5, pp. 36-41 (September/October 2010 issue)
- 10-12 November 2014 (Paris, France): Advancing the FORIN Perspective and Methodology: The Next Generation.
- 24-25 February (Mexico City, Mexico): International Seminar on FORIN, hosted by the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. The report on this workshop is now available for download. Click here for the report [PDF 863 kB].
This International Seminar was the follow-up to the International Workshop on FORIN Associated with Landslides, held from 24 June to 5 July 2013.
- 15 November (Sanya, China): FORIN session at the International Workshop on Disaster Risk and Mitigation hosted by IRDR China.
- 7-9 October (Las Vegas, USA): Presentation given by SC member, Djillali Benouar, at the 2nd International Conference on Forensic Research and Technology. The presentation is titled “Forensic Disaster Investigations (FORIN), a new approach to learn lessons from disasters: A case study of the 2001 Algiers (Algeria) flood and debris flow.”
- 21-23 August (Kunming, Yunnan Province, China): Presentation given on FORIN by SC member and FORIN project co-chair, Anthony Oliver-Smith, at the International Conference on Anthropological Studies on Hazards and Disasters.
- 24 June – 5 July (Chiapas, Mexico): International Workshop on Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) Associated with Landslides. The report on this workshop is now available for download. Click here for the report [PDF 1.03MB].
- 12-19 March (Taipei, China): 2012 Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN). This eight-day intensive training event was organised by the IRDR ICoE in Taipei and the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), together with IRDR International, ICSU and Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). Funding for the Institute was provided by the IRDR ICoE in Taipei.
- 8-11 March (California, USA): FORIN Seminar held at first IUGG GRC Conference on “Extreme Natural Hazards and Their Impacts”
- October: Publication of IRDR FORIN Report No. 1, Forensic Investigations of Disasters: The FORIN Project
- 22-23 October 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland): Second meeting of the ad hoc working group to continue developing the FORIN approach and preparations for implementation. A report on this meeting was presented to the Scientific Committee (SC) at its fourth meeting held in Beijing, China from 15-17 November 2010.
- September/October: Publication of article by Ian Burton on FORIN in the September/October 2010 issue of Environment Magazine, Forensic Disaster Investigations in Depth: A New Case Study Model. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 52 No. 5, pp. 36-41.
- 1-4 February (Toronto, Canada): First meeting of the ad hoc working group on the development of case studies – the eventual FORIN methodology – as one of the initial steps in the development of the IRDR programme. A report on this meeting was presented to the Scientific Committee (SC) at its third meeting held in Paris, Italy from 14-16 April 2010.
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