The Disaster-Knowledge Matrix – Reframing and evaluating the knowledge challenges in disaster risk reduction

The Disaster-Knowledge Matrix – Reframing and evaluating the knowledge challenges in disaster risk reduction

This paper focuses on the context of disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation and the implementation of research-based knowledge in policy and practise.

It starts by framing the knowledge challenges and goes on to introduce a systematic means to identify the factors hindering the use of information and knowledge. The approach proposed allows determining core barriers in the coproduction, exchange, and use of knowledge. Subsequently, the authors illustrate where they think further advancement is needed in the field of knowledge development, means of transmission and use for disaster risk reduction. A method is suggested which analyses cases considering the success or failure of information flows from and to different stakeholder groups. The aim is to identify causes for knowledge fragmentation at different phases in the disaster management continuum, and, subsequently, to strengthen both individual and institutional learning, as well as to determine social and functional changes required to address pressing issues of disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation, in a competent manner.

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