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June 25, 2019

The Society for Risk Analysis – Europe (SRA-E) awarded three prestigious scholarships at its Annual Conference in Potsdam, Germany. These awards recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the study and science of risk analysis. This year’s awardees include:

Gavin D. Brown, BSc, MSc, a Ph.D. scholar and assistant professor of business and society at Dublin City University, is a recipient of this year’s SRA-E scholarship for his research “A post-Grenfell analysis: Exploring household preparedness and fire safety behavior in Irish apartments,” which he presented at the SRA-E Conference. His research contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 – “Building Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Communities” – while developing organizational and national resilience through innovative research and industry engagement. His work is focused on the factors that influence the emergency preparedness of Irish households towards a variety of risks.

Samuel Filipe Pereira Domingos, MSc, a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at ISPA – Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, is the second recipient of this year’s SRA-E scholarship for his research “The effect of emotions about heat waves on percevied demands, perceived resources, and intentions to take protective action,” which he presented at the conference. His research focuses on understanding public perceptions and associated beliefs of the demands posed by heat waves and the resources available to cope with those extreme weather events. The information gathered can be used to tailor risk communication aimed at promoting adaptation to heat waves by addressing common misconceptions and overcoming knowledge gaps for each of the target audiences. 

Ayse Yildiz, a Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, is the recipient of this year’s Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research for her research “The role of flood experience on children’s perception of risk and preparedness,” which she presented at the conference. She is comparing children from a range of schools in Turkey and Nepal who are given hazard education with a matched group of children who are not afforded that education. 

Melanie Preve