Opdyke Awarded Early Career Researcher Development Grant by Faculty of Engineering

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Dr Aaron Opdyke has received an Early Career Researcher Development Grant ($50,000 AUD) from the Faculty of Engineering. The funding will support new research that will examine how local knowledge can enhance engineering flood models to transform disaster risk assessments. The one-year project will compare individual household perceptions, community-based assessments, and engineering models in the Municipality of Carigara, located in the Philippines.

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Opdyke Awarded DFAT New Colombo Plan Grant on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines

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Dr Aaron Opdyke has been awarded a $247,500 AUD New Colombo Plan (NCP) grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to support  a 3 year mobility program in the Philippines focused on disaster reduction education. The program will partner with Ateneo de Manila University's Humanitarian Action program and support 75 Australian students who will work alongside Filipino students in collaboration with local civil society and government organisations on short term placements.

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Special Issue on Sheltering and Housing Displaced Populations in Sustainability

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Dr. Aaron Opdyke and Dr Amy Javernick-Will (University of Colorado Boulder) are editing a special issue for the journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050, IF 2.592), entitled "Sheltering and Housing Displaced Populations." This special issue seeks contributions focusing on sheltering and housing in post-disaster settlements. We seek contributions that bridge the humanitarian–development nexus, from pre-disaster resiliency to emergency and temporary shelter, to the long-term development of sustainable housing and settlements. We are interested in contributions which unpack issues of sheltering and housing accessibility, affordability, safety, sustainability, and the associated environmental, social, and economic issues facing displaced populations. We also seek manuscripts which…

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Commentary on Indonesia’s Capital Move

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As Indonesia considers shifting its capital from Jakarta, Dr Aaron Opdyke was asked to provide commentary on the move and implications for disaster risk reduction. The commentary, originally shared through the University of Sydney was picked up by News.com.au: ‘Very risky’: Expert fears over plans to move traffic-choked, overcrowded city Opdyke was also invited on on BBC Radio's Up All Night programming to discuss implications of the move. Excerpts from the original commentary are below. With research focused on post-disaster resettlement programs in South East Asia, humanitarian engineer from the School of Civil Engineering Dr Aaron Opdyke believes the proposed…

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i-Rec Conference Live on Disasters Deconstructed Podcast

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The 9th International i-Rec Conference was held at the University of Florida from 5-7 June 2019. The conference's plenary session explored the research of several early career researchers in disaster studies, including Dr Sandeeka Mannakkara, Thomas Johnson, Dr Diana Contreras, and our lab's Dr Aaron Opdyke. The panel was co-chaired by Dr Jason von Meding and Dr Ksenia Chmutina and the session recorded as part of the newly launched Disasters Deconstructed podcast. Listen to the full episode for yourself below! https://open.spotify.com/episode/4SopU7K8cpKPgB6Q4o0AH2?si=O32Pwea-TuWQgYVWECuZQQ For more from the Disaster Deconstructed podcast, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram @DisasterDecon. You can…

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Philippine Ambassador Visit Reinforces Strong Bi-Lateral Links

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The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) welcomed the Philippine Ambassador to Australia, Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, onto campus today to discuss how our research and education partnerships are creating new opportunities for Filipinos - including our lab's work in disaster risk reduction and management. Dr Aaron Opdyke, the SSEAC's new Philippines Country Coordinator, along with other representatives, greeted the Ambassador and Consular General Maria Teresa L. Taguiang. As part of his new role as the Philippines Country Coordinator, Opdyke will lead SSEAC's efforts in connecting researchers in the Centre working in the Philippines.

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Opdyke and Team Awarded Strategic Education Grant to Develop Immersive Content

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The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney has awarded a Strategic Education Grant ($29,518 AUD) to a team comprising Dr Ali Hadigheh, Dr Jacqueline Thomas, Dr Tom Goldfinch, Dr Aaron Opdyke, and Associate Professor Ali Nezhad. The grant aims to support the development of new virtual reality content in engineering units of study. Opdyke will oversee content creation for Engineering for Sustainable Development (CIVL5320), the culminating unit of study for the Humanitarian Engineering major offered by the Faculty. Project Summary In the last two years, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University…

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Opdyke and Team Awarded Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Partnership Grant on Urban Informality in the Philippines

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Dr Aaron Opdyke, along with a cross-disciplinary team from the University of Sydney, Ateneo de Manila University, and Mindanao State University Marawi, was recently awarded a Partnership Grant from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre to investigate the how informality is increasingly shaping post-disaster and post-conflict responses. The research team includes Associate Professor Paul Jones (Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, The University of Sydney), Mr Benigno (Ninoy) Balgos (Development Studies, Department of Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University), Associate Professor Acram Latiph (Economics, Department of Economics, Institute for Peace and Development in…

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Developing Local Engineering Solutions in India

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In partnership with mobility partner Authentica, 14 students from various engineering disciplines traveled to Maharashtra in India as a part of the Humanitarian Engineering major this past December. This global engineering fieldwork trip is a core component of the major requiring students to undertake work in either a developing country or indigenous community. The unit of study, led by Dr. Jacqueline Thomas and Dr. Aaron Opdyke, gave students first hand exposure working in cross-cultural contexts. The fieldwork trip allowed students to collaborate with organisations on five social responsibility projects within the city of Pune, the second largest city in the west-central…

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Opdyke named Philippines Country Coordinator for Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC)

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Dr Aaron Opdyke was recently named as the the Philippines Country Coordinator for SSEAC, where he will contribute to connecting researchers working on a broad range of issues in the Philippines. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre builds on the expertise of and facilitates collaborations between over 500 University of Sydney academics who specialise in Southeast Asia. The Country Coordinators serve as focal points for activities related to each country in the region, as part of a committee chaired by the Director. They advise on strategic developments in different countries and bring together researchers across the University of Sydney who work…

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