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EPSRC Reference: EP/T003995/1
Title: Partnerships for Resilience through Innovation and Integrated Management of Emergencies and Disasters (PRIMED)
Principal Investigator: Mensah, Dr A M
Other Investigators:
Mander, Dr SL Rennkamp, Dr B
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Department: Inst of Env and Sanitation Studies
Organisation: University of Ghana
Scheme: UKRI
Starts: 15 July 2019 Ends: 14 July 2021 Value (£): 151,348
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Climate & Climate Change Regional & Extreme Weather
Social policy and Development
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
28 Mar 2019 GCRF GE Networks Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The network for Partnerships for Resilience through Innovation and Integrated Management of Emergencies and Disasters (PRIMED) primarily aims to strengthen community preparedness and resilience as a strategic approach for addressing three key global challenges, i.e., sustainable development and poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change. Participation of communities in disaster management programmes is recognized as key for minimizing the severity of natural and climate related hazards on the most vulnerable and recovery from disaster, thus ensuring sustainable development for all. Efforts are shifting away from reactive emergency response frameworks to more proactive management approaches that incorporate varying socioeconomic and cultural interests, socially differentiated groups (such as those based on gender, age, physical challenges), capabilities and resources for effectively reducing vulnerability and sustainably increasing resilience at the local level.

Many of these communities struggle with deploying and managing sustainable infrastructure, such as services for energy access via renewable or fossil fueled electrification programs, roads and transport services. Small and medium sized municipalities in these developing nations, especially, are often constrained in terms of financial and professional capacity. At the same time, public servants need to manage complex planning and policy processes to ensure that the communities they are serving will have appropriate systems in place to respond to climate shocks. This includes sufficient information to ensure that new human settlements, and associated energy and transport services settlements, will be built so as to be climate compatible, with reduced vulnerability to future events, whilst at the same time enabling sustainable development.

The PRIMED network will, therefore, facilitate social innovation and knowledge co-creation, taking as a starting point, applications and models of resilience interventions and building sustainable infrastructure where success has been achieved through improved community partnerships, leadership training, participative research and action oriented education. Partnerships created within the PRIMED network will bring together international and national academics, researchers, policy and decision makers, practitioners, and community members that represent the various social groups, to share their varied perspectives, reflections and experiences of what works. These interactions will enable the team to:

1. Understand and define constraints and opportunities

2. Define mechanisms required for increasing the participation of diverse coastal social groups, including the marginalized, in disaster mitigation and preparedness

3. Identify effective educational tools that improve leadership skills of community members

4. Improve community capacity to take action and build their overall resilience to coastal hazards

5. Improve the management of complexities associated with climate resilient and low carbon development policy and planning.

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