Building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments - networking event


28 July 2017 (Friday)

 This event has now closed 

NERC, the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) invited applicants to participate in a one-day networking and brokerage event to hear more from practitioners working in the area of disaster risk financing, and to provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to network and develop ideas for proposals to the funding call.


NERC, DFID and ESRC announced a funding call for collaborative proposals which apply existing environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.

ESRC and UK Aid (DFID) logoThe funders envisage academics working with a range of practitioner project partners who are involved in the design, development or use of these financial instruments. This may include private sector (for example, (re)insurance companies), public sector (for example government departments, local government, disaster risk management authorities, regulatory authorities, etc) or third sector organisations (for example, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)).

In order to bring academics and potential project partners together, a one day networking event was held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on 28 July 2017. The aims of the networking event were to:

  • build mutual understanding of disaster risk financing, including the science and social science that underpins these instruments
  • discuss how and where existing research could help improve the design, development and use of these instruments
  • provide networking opportunities for academics of different disciplines and with practitioners in this area
  • initiate collaborations and facilitate development of partnerships and project ideas to bid into the funding call
  • raise awareness of the scope and call requirements.

Please note that attendance at this networking event is not a pre-requisite for the submission of proposals to this call.

Details of attendees

Registrations to attend this networking and brokerage event were invited from:

  • Researchers either
    • based at higher education institutions or research organisations eligible for RCUK funding, and who would be eligible to act on successful projects as principal investigators, or
    • based at non-UK organisations and/or other UK organisations eligible to receive DFID funding, and who would be eligible to act as co-investigators, project partners or sub-contractors on successful projects.
  • Practitioners who would be eligible to act as project partners on successful projects. Practitioners could include representatives from the private sector (for example (re)insurance companies), public sector (government departments, local government, disaster risk management authorities, regulatory authorities, etc) or third sector organisations for example, non-governmental organisations (NGOs)).

We encouraged applications from researchers and practitioners in all relevant areas. Applicants were not to feel limited by conventional perceptions; this event was about bringing together people who may not normally interact.

Further Information

Further information from the event is below.

Networking event presentation slides (PDF, 1.9MB)

Networking event attendees and poster presentations (PDF, 9.5MB)


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