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Consortium

The CASCADE consortium is composed of 18 partners: 7 from EU countries and 11 from South Asian countries targeted by the action. The partner organisations from the target region are highly respected and influential organisations in the targeted South Asian countries. They are high level policy based organisations and end user organisations capable of achieving all the identified project objectives. 

 

Balance of Consortium

CASCADE has a well-balanced consortium in relation to the objectives of the project. As a consortium they bring in expertise pertaining to the key themes of Horizon  2020. The teams will work together to pool their resources, bring in other external expertise that is needed linking to key Horizon 2002 key challenges, build interdisciplinary explanations, discuss findings at conferences, write and publish papers, and inform policy development.

If the concept of societal challenges is to be a useful framework of analysis for preparing the ground for possible future INCO-NET projects, it is necessary to understand attributes that enable the society, socio-cultural, and politico-economic systems to adapt, by resistance or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. The complex nature of societal challenges has led to widespread recognition that it requires a strategy that is inter-disciplinary. True inter-disciplinarily only occurs where a number of separate disciplines surrender their own concepts and goals, and collectively define themselves by reference to a common set of strategic concepts and goals. This is what we have achieved in bringing the CASCADE partnership together, whilst also respecting the complementary nature of the experts the partners bring to the consortium. In order to achieve the comprehensive and ambitious objectives of CASCADE, a sound consortium is required to cover all required skills, expertise and experience in:

  • Expertise in one or more of the Horizon 2020 societal challenges
  • Capabilities to organize national meetings and dialog workshops among multiple stakeholders
  • Analytical skills
  • Contribute to and prepare position papers
  • Promote international cooperation as a priority
  • Willingness to promote EU research in the country/region
  • Input to policy briefings
  • performing multi-partner international projects, either within European frameworks or otherwise.
  • working with partners from the South Asian region
  • Maintaining extensive contacts with the many stakeholders as part of their daily operations (Network of in country contacts)
  • End user engagement
  • Training
  • Project management of a large international projects

 

Scientific Coordinator

The consortium is led by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga from the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC) at the University of Huddersfield, UK. The team also includes Professor Richard Haigh from GDRC

The Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC) at the University of Huddersfield, UK is a key world leader in inter-disciplinary research, capacity building education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities. We are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen. At the GDRC, our vision is for a society that has the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and to continue functioning physically, economically and socially when subjected to a hazard event. GDRC is a key partner of the UNISDR Making cities resilient campaign and is also a member of the UNHABITAT University network initiative. It is working with UNISDR to raise awareness and commitment for sustainable development practices that will reduce disaster risk and increase the wellbeing and safety of citizens. Members of GDRC have published collectively more than 150 journal papers in the field and generated more than £2 million in research income. GDRC has led a large number of research capacity building programmes at a large number of international HEIs focusing on: establishing, improving and sustaining research capability and capacity; developing comprehensive and robust plans and sets of activities to support Early Career Researchers and improve mentoring of staff, and supervisory capabilities; supporting the development of research skills; and, promoting international agenda including research collaborations. The University of Huddersfield (UoH), where GDRC is based, is one of the leading universities in the UK and was named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2014. In 2013 the University was awarded two Queen's Awards for Enterprise and in 2012 it was awarded the prestigious Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards. It is also in the top 10 in England for teaching excellence and is ranked in the top 10 nationally for undergraduate and postgraduate employability. In 2014, the University of Huddersfield was awarded the Times Higher Education Best University Workplace and topped the tables in all four main categories in a survey carried out amongst staff in higher education across the country. Please visit http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/gdrc/ to read more about the research centre.

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