In July 2018 UEA hosted a 3-day workshop event at UEA during July 2018 entitled ‘After Shock: recurrence and representation’. The workshop format was convened to bring together researchers and stakeholders engaged in research and practice on disaster recovery themes, principally from the UK but also with participants [link to participant list pending] based in the Caribbean region, Colombia, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, India and Nepal. The idea was to provide a forum to galvanise research and research-for-impact on what we consider to be the most neglected aspect of disaster risk reduction: long-term recovery.
The workshop was designed to enable participants to air and discuss ideas, identify priorities and develop funding plans. Discussions were wide-ranging but focused especially on the themes of: ‘recurrence’ – how to understand and work with continuing risk following major events (including ongoing hazards and secondary threats); and ‘representation’ – how crisis events, their aftermath and the ongoing material and psychosocial needs of those affected are represented within society.
The network and its activities will continue to be developed further through discussion forums, outputs and joint funding initiatives.