Integrating universities with the built environment practice and the communities in disaster management education

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Built environment (BE) practitioners have a key role to play in developing societal resilience to disasters. In doing so, various interactions are needed between BE disciplines and other stakeholders engaged with the disaster management process. Therefore universities conducting courses on disaster management need to consider the needs of these stakeholders in their programme design and delivery. This requires building partnerships between universities, BE practice and other stakeholders engaged in disaster management who are referred to as ‘community’ in this research. Previous research has highlighted the lack of integration between practice, community and university (PCU) in contributing to the societal resilience to disasters and therefore it is very important to strengthen the integration between PCU. Development of such partnerships is a complex task and it is important to identify how PCU integration can take place and how the effectiveness of such inte-gration can be measured. Accordingly, the aim of this paper is to present the initial PCU framework developed as part of an EU funded project, aimed at developing a professional doctorate for disaster resilience in the built environment. The method-ology adopted for this research comprises of a literature review and brainstorming. The paper presents several mechanisms to integrate universities with the BE practice and communities in developing meaningful partnerships in the proposed profession-al doctorate, some of which include, collaborative programme design, delivery, re-search and supervision.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Faculty of Architecture Research Unit
Subtitle of host publication"Making built environments responsive"
EditorsUpenda Rajapasksha
PublisherFaculty of Architecture: University of Moratuwa
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789559027539
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Event8th Faculty of Architecture Research Unit International Conference: 'Making Built Environments Responsive' - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 11 Dec 201512 Dec 2015
Conference number: 8 (Link to Conference Proceedings)


Conference8th Faculty of Architecture Research Unit International Conference
Abbreviated titleFARU
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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