Egide Consortium : Resilience, risk and disasters

The EGIDE Consortium brings together researchers and partners interested in multi-hazard approaches with the goal of strengthening resilience to low-probability and high-impact events that constitute disasters. By adopting the user’s perspective (citizens, municipalities, organizations, governments), EGIDE proposes a cross-disciplinary multi-hazard approach in the social, human and applied sciences that allow for the reinvestment of knowledge in anticipation of future disasters.

One of the key elements of the EGIDE consortium is the establishment of an exchange platform allowing practitioners and decision-makers to submit questions or problems for which they wish academic insights. Thus, researchers will be able to share the results of their work or develop a research project to address this need. This platform will also allow researchers to indicate their research interests and inventorying the subjects being studied. From this platform will emerge an evolving research agenda around which will gravitate partners interested in these issues.

The EGIDE Consortium will actively support the development of partnerships and the search for funding for research projects. A directory of expertise will enable interlocutors from communities, governments and the media to identify competent resources able to assist them. Thereby EGIDE will be a network and a banner contributing to enhance the credibility of its members.

EGIDE provide an environment and knowledge dissemination tools for different audiences. The EGIDE Study Days and the Annual Symposium will be the main knowledge-sharing instruments. An e-newsletter will help maintain a dialogue among local stakeholders on current issues but also on the answers made available by science.

The consortium will promote collaboration both between researchers, teams and institutions and with the knowledge users. While EGIDE is mainly interested in transdisciplinary aspects of disaster risk, the linkage with sectoral or disciplinary research is equally fundamental. To this end, EGIDE will maintain an important network of partners throughout the world, particularly through the Canadian Hazard and Risk Assessment Network.

Partners and members of the EGIDE Consortium are encouraged to promote the leverage effects among resilient initiatives. Opportunities and benefits can be realized at local, national and global scales. An example of this is the convergence of objectives as well as the many possible synergies within the approaches to sustainable development, climate change adaptation and resilience to disaster risk.

All individuals and organizations interested in disaster risk resilience are invited to become members and to get involved in the EGIDE Consortium.