Welcome to the new IRDR RIA Listserv!

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA) project, it gives us great pleasure to inform you that the new IRDR RIA listserv is now up and running!

This discussion forum sits within the wider IRDR RIA Community of Practice, an online community dedicated to providing an international resource for practitioners and academics to share information and questions. Topics for discussion will be nominated by members. Initial topics proposed for discussion and exchange include:

  1. Science-policy-practice communication;
  2. Jasanoff and risk co-production in a natural hazards context;
  3. Moving from early warning to early action; and
  4. How to integrate learning into humanitarian practice.

Each topic will have a dedicated chair and discussion stream as well as having key texts placed on the RIA Community of Practice.

This is a community resource and so relies on active membership to shape discussions and post key documents, coordinated by the IRDR. Given on-going consultation on the post-2015 agenda this is a particularly important time to build focus through discussions between academics and practitioners. IRDR is being actively consulted on both the HFA and SDG processes.

The RIA Community of Practice, with this listserv at its hub, serves as an interactive virtual community for the growing network of researchers focused on understanding how people—both decision-makers and ordinary citizens—make decisions, individually and collectively, in the face of risk. The IRDR RIA listserv will therefore provide the avenue to share RIA news, proposals, results, and ideas and facilitate the community’s growth.

How do we envision the composition of this community? The RIA community will be interdisciplinary, international and integrative. It builds on an existing core network of internationally recognised scientists and practitioners active across several disciplines—psychology, institutional economics, organisational sociology and risk communication—but will be open to all disciplinary traditions: natural, social, behavioural and from the humanities with interests in risk communication. The goal is to further develop this core group, expand into a self-organised community and promote the coordinated development of new approaches, methods and experiences in communicating risk and development between natural, engineering and social sciences, practitioners and those at risk.

RIA’s review article, Risk Interpretation and Action: A Conceptual Framework for Responses to Natural Hazards, describes the IRDR’s integrated perspective on risk and decision-making research.

This is an exciting new phase in the IRDR programme, and we welcome your full participation on the IRDR RIA listserv to encourage the continued growth of this community. Please consider sharing this announcement with those in your networks who may be interested.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Pelling & Dick Eiser
IRDR RIA Project