C3: Create, Collaborate, Change speaker series

Disasters and Resilience: Current State of the World

David Sanderson, from University of New South Wales,  will explore findings on the current state of knowledge and practice based on the most recent annual World Disasters Report (released by the IFRC) that he co-edited.

Lunch will be provided.


David Sanderson is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Sanderson was appointed to the chair in February, 2016. He has 25 years of experience working across the world in development and emergencies. David worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, as head of policy and subsequently regional manager for southern and west Africa. From 2006-2013 Sanderson was director of CENDEP, a centre at Oxford Brookes University focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-2014 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Sanderson has published a number of articles and papers concerning urban livelihoods, shelter and disaster risk reduction. He has carried out a number of assignments for NGOs and donors across the world, and in recent years has led post-disaster reviews in Haiti, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines and Nepal. He was trained in architecture and holds a doctorate in urban livelihoods and vulnerability.

He is a member of several NGO boards and committees, including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), where he chairs the Funding Committee. David is editor of the 2016 IFRC World Disasters Report. Presently, he also serves as an International Advisory Group member, Project for the study of the 21st century (since 2015), as a Steering Committee member, ELRHA (since 2014) as a Member, Humanitarian Innovations Project Advisory Board, Oxford University (since 2012), as a Visiting professor, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France (since 2011) and as Co-Editor, PLoS: Disasters Journal (since 2011). David also teaches annual courses at Harvard University, EOI Business School, Madrid and Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 5:00am to 6:00am
Downtown Phoenix campus
University Center, 580A, Downtown Phoenix campus
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