Dr. Graham Brewer is currently Executive Director of CIFAL Newcastle, an international training center affiliated to the United Nations through its Institute of Training and Research, of which he is a Fellow. Its primary focus is on Disaster Risk Reduction and implementation of the Sendai Framework, though CIFAL Newcastle also has a mandate in relation to promoting both awareness of, and progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
He is also a Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His construction expertise centers upon decision-making and innovation, within individual firms and across project teams, which ultimately demand a socio-technical explanation. This work has been extended to understand the behavior of supply chains during and after disasters. His work has received multiple awards and has resulted in industry consultancies related to the use of disruptive technologies such as Building Information Modelling.
As an educator, Dr. Brewer’s teaching has been recognized with multiple citations, culminating in a Commonwealth award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.
Webinar Title: Capacity Building in the Pacific: Women As Community Resilience Leaders
It is a sad reality that the poorest citizens are generally the most vulnerable to extreme events, and the Pacific small island developing states provide ample evidence of this. CIFAL Newcastle, an international training center affiliated to the United Nations, through its parent body the UN Institute for Training and Research has a mandate to build capacity in civil society in relation to disaster risk reduction.
Fiji is in Australia’s backyard, one of its nearest neighbors, and one who is regularly battered by tropical cyclones. Academics at the University of Newcastle with experience in disaster management collaborated with CIFAL Newcastle and the Australian National Commission for UNESCO in order to deliver a capacity building programme based upon the principles of “training of trainers.”
The intention was to upskill people with pre-existing training experience so that they could travel to remote and rural communities, engage with their women, and empower them to take a leadership role in making their communities more resilient. This presentation details the development and delivery of the pilot program.