Improving critical information sharing in response to disaster

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During any natural or man-made disaster, effective information sharing is critical between disaster recovery agencies for them to be able to provide a coherent response. Ineffective communication can lead to agencies acting on insufficient information or acting too slowly - potentially leading to an increased number of casualties.

This project is a collaboration between the Aston CRISIS Centre and the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University that seeks to develop a systematic approach to guide the critical information sharing necessary to respond to catastrophic events. Working with academics in Japan, an approach known as viable systems modelling (VSM) will be built upon to examine the viability of Japan's current and previous approaches to responding to disasters. Through this analysis, the research seeks to identify how we can improve the sharing of critical information in response to major disasters both in Japan and also around the world.


Prof. Duncan Shaw

Gary Preece