Event: 19th Annual Willam G. Demas Memorial Lecture – From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction
- By : Thérèse Yarde
- Category : Climate Change, Event
- Tags: caribbean, grenada
At the Caribbean Development Bank’s 2018 Board of Governors’ Meeting, Professor Mark Pelling will speak on the topic “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction”:
The social impact of natural disasters will come into focus when Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London delivers the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. The highly regarded researcher will speak on the topic, “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction” at the event, which is part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Scheduled to take place at St. George’s University, the prestigious Lecture will feature Pelling taking a fresh look at resilience and reconstruction and examining the often-overlooked social dimensions of natural disasters in his keynote speech. More than 200 delegates attending CDB’s Annual Meeting, officials from the Government of Grenada and representatives from academia are expected to attend.
Pelling has worked in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, and served as a consultant for the United Kingdom Department for International Development, United Nations agencies, the World Bank, and non-governmental organisations such as Greenpeace and Oxfam.
“Against the backdrop of a devastating 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the topic Professor Pelling will explore is not only timely but also relevant to the Annual Meeting theme of ‘resilience.’” said Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB. “Professor Pelling will join a distinguished roster of past speakers who have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to the pursuit of sustainable economic and social development. We look forward to welcoming him to the Meeting,” he said.
Pelling, who has widely researched and published work on the topic of resilience, is the author of 80 peer-review papers and book chapters, and seven books, including Adaptation to Climate Change: From Resilience to Transformation and The Vulnerability of Cities: Social Resilience and Natural Disaster.
Find out more at the CDB website.
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