A perspective on post-disaster and conflict-induced displacement
A collaborative research project led by the Global Disaster Resilience Center at the University of Huddersfield and entitled “MANHOLE (REBUILD AFTER MOVEMENT),set out to study the role of the built environment in the context of displacement. Today, a final project report has been published which presents a summary of the findings of this international project.
The REGARD project, co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships programme, was launched in September 2018 with the aim of developing skills in rebuilding communities following disaster and conflict-induced mass displacement from a built environment perspective.
The project consortium was made up of five international universities from four different countries and was led by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga from the University of Huddersfield, Professor Richard Haigh and Dr Chamindi Malalgoda. The team also included experts from Sweden’s Lund University, the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
“Displacement is one of the most pressing challenges facing society today,” said Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, co-director of the university’s Global Disaster Resilience Center.
“For example,” she added, “the sudden exodus of Ukrainian refugees is on a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War and has prompted a rapid international and regional response, but as this momentum has little likely to persist, there are long-term challenges to overcome.
“Our work could help support efforts that balance the needs of refugees and host communities,” she said.
Support the reconstruction of communities
In achieving the project objective, the REGARD research team produced several results to support the reconstruction of communities following disaster and conflict-induced mass displacement:
- Explore and analyze the needs of displaced and host communities
- Study of the role of the built environment in strengthening social cohesion between host communities and displaced communities
- Guidance notes have been developed with recommendations on best practices for rebuilding host and displaced communities
- A competency framework has been developed for built environment professionals to meet the needs of host and displaced communities
- Several online training courses have been developed (MOOCs—Massive Open Online Courses) on a knowledge platform to develop the skills of professionals working in the context of displacement. They cover topics such as mass travel and the built environment, planning and design for mass travel, and building and managing facilities for mass travel.
- Course manuals and training materials (OER) have been produced for these courses
- An audit of the professional skills of professional bodies in the built environment
A policy report with recommendations for built environment professional bodies to improve professional skills is now available and can be viewed online.
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Final report: regardproject.com/portal/image … project_Report_V2.pdf
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