Conference on Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction


Welcome to the upcoming Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction (TEDRR) Conference of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change and Adaptation Research on 31st October 2014 held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, JAPAN.


Global disaster risk reduction has progressed much through the active support of international organizations and committed governments. During the past two decades, the focus shifted from response to proactive preventive approach and hazard mitigation focus was replaced by the more appropriate risk assessment approach. However, with increasing concentration of population and assets in urban and vulnerable areas coupled with globalizing processes that have made the world population very interdependent, losses from natural disasters are increasing. In addition, climate change is modifying the magnitude and frequency of weather related extremes making current safety measures and standards obsolete.

The move from mono-disciplinary approaches to multi-disciplinary and then to inter-disciplinary practices has enabled us to engage in disaster management collectively. However, to address mounting challenges there is an urgent need to turn to more efficient transdisciplinary approaches that bring all stakeholders together – including academia, local governments, NGOs and communities – to enable rapid transfer of knowledge, experiences and immediate responses.

Key Speakers

Kazuhiko Takemoto
Director, United Nations University-IAS

Srikantha Herath
Academic Director/Senior Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS

Toshio Koike
Professor, The University of Tokyo

Hiroshi Fukuoka
Professor, Niigata University

Kenichi Toda
Head, Disaster Management Support System, Office Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Satoru Nishikawa
Vice President, Japan Water Agency

Yuichi Ono
Assistant Director and Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University

Rajib Shaw
Professor, Kyoto University

Yarime Masaru
Project Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo and Honorary Reader, University College London

Hans van Ginkel
Former UNU Rector, Professor Emeritus, Utrect University

Monte Cassim
Professor Emeritus, Former APU President, Ritsumeikan Trust

Mai Trong Nhuan
Former Presedient, National University of Vietnam

Ir Tumiran
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada