2018 BIARI Philippines: Community Resilience for Natural Disasters

from Brown International Research Institutes
Registration deadline: 15 Jun 2018 Training date: 21 Oct 2018 to 27 Oct 2018 More Information

Climate change and rapid urbanization have exposed populations around the world to the risks of natural disasters, which in recent years have increased in both frequency and intensity. The urgency to adapt to these changes has placed immense pressure on governments to prepare and rebuild communities after disaster. However, disaster response is often strained by limited resources and less than ideal response times. As such, approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) have taken a "community turn.” Specifically, there is a growing emphasis on programs that aim to foster community resilience in the face of disasters. The emphasis on grassroots perspectives has also become more relevant in the face of critiques of top-down approaches to disaster management.

This training program is held under the auspices of the Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) that convene early-career participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries. 2018 BIARI Philippines will convene an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners, including experts from Brown University, and international and local Philippine organizations involved in disaster work, to develop a better understanding of community resilience as it pertains to DRRM. The training will tackle community resilience in the context of the Philippine Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Framework based on Global and Local Good Practice and Experience from Past Disasters. Lectures, workshops, and other activities will be grouped into sectoral themes such as Livelihood and Business Development, Housing and Settlement, Social Services, etc. Issues that cut across sectors, such as vulnerable groups, gender sensitivity, poverty, and the environment will also be discussed.

Adam Levine, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Brown University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Guillermo M. Luz: Private sector co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council, a public-private body that develops strategy for the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines through policy reforms, project implementation, institution-building and performance-monitoring

Luís María R. Calingo, Ph.D.: 9th President of Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Philippines

Fred Ayala: Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation, one of the leading business groups in the Philippines

We especially welcome early career professionals from government, private sector, civic organizations, or academia.


  • Currently working or studying in the Philippines or any ASEAN member country
  • Applicants from NGOs, LGU, and private sector must have 4-10 years professional working experience in relevant fields.
  • Applicants from academia must be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program, or must have finished postgraduate studies within the last 7 years.
  • Working proficiency in English


  • BIARI Philippines will cover the cost of tuition for all admitted. Meanwhile, board, lodging, and transportation will be covered based on demonstrated need.
  • International applicants should consult with local embassies and consulates for the most updated requirements regarding travel to the Philippines. Applicants should shoulder their visa costs, if applicable.
  • Applicants are expected to cover travel insurance

Application deadline: June 15, 2018 11:59 p.m. Philippine Time

For further inquiries about application, please email: Philippines2018@biari.brown.edu

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