Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 60

INTRO | HIGHLIGHTS | FEATURES | PHOTO STORIES | FOCUS | INTERVIEWS | PERSPECTIVES | BIOS Pojanath Bhatanacharoen Pojanath is a political scientist by training but a management researcher by trade. She is a postdoctoral researcher on Work Package 4 of the Tipping Points project, which explores how innovative ideas spread. Working on the premise that social realities are constructed through language, this part of the project looks at how ideas, buzzwords and concepts diffuse in different contexts. Notably, Pojanath has been investigating the origins of the term ‘tipping point’ and the process in which it became popularized and entered our everyday usage. True to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, Pojanath’s other current research covers a wide range of topics in the area of diffusion of innovation as well as persuasive communication, from the spread and usage of the term ‘tipping point’ in climate change and corporate crisis contexts to management fashion and management gurus. Her work on management gurus aims at understanding how a group of knowledge entrepreneurs have played a critical role in producing and disseminating new management techniques and ideas which, according to many commentators, lead to organizational changes. Graham Coates GRAHAM is an engineer with a PhD in computational engineering design. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University. His recent research focuses on emergency management in designing computer simulations for major emergency incidents in the UK in order to adequately manage and plan for these events before they occur. The EPSRC-funded REScUE project, on which Graham is Principal Investigator, uses agent-based simulation coupled with optimisation-based decision support to enable coordinated emergency response. Agents are used to represent emergency responders, such as firefighters whose behaviour is defined by standard operating procedures, operating within a geographical environment. Simulating exercises to test plans for different kinds of emergency scenarios, assists authorities in developing preparedness at a local level. Research by Graham and colleagues can help local authorities study strategies for addressing emergency events and improve upon current emergency planning. Lena Dominelli Professor Lena Dominelli is a Co-Director of IHRR, leading the Institute’s vulnerability and resilience programme of research. Lena has been involved with numerous projects in IHRR, including Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC). She is a sociologist, social worker and community development worker, widely known for her contributions to social work education and social science research that has actively engaged with the needs of local communities. She has led influential international research projects such as Durham University’s ESRC Research Project Sri Lanka. Capacity building in social work education in the tertiary sector was one offshoot of this research into the immediate and long-term consequences of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Additionally, the Durham University Project Sri Lanka that formed part of the ESRC study has now evolved into a registered charity dedicated to assisting communities in Sri Lanka with long-term reconstruction