Dr Richard Friend, Research Champion for Risk, Evidence and Decision Making is keen to convene a group around operationalising complexity, uncertainty, and risk.
Recent grant calls have adopted the language of systems, complexity, resilience, and fragility speaking directly to our own research interests. In the arenas of sustainable development and disaster risk reduction we have also seen wider adoption of systemic risk. The most recent United Nations global Human Development Report (2021/2022) is entitled ‘Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives:Shaping our Future in a Transforming World’ addressing recent shocks and crises and commitments to transformation that are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Similarly, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has adopted concepts of systemic risk. A key challenge remains in how such concepts can be put into practice. There is clearly an opportunity for us to develop a truly inter-disciplinary research proposal that is global in scope, and grounded in the lived realities of the organisations, communities and individuals who are most at risk.
This workshop is to develop these ideas and identify partners.