Academic to speak at humanitarian seminar

Dr Lucy Easthope, from the School of Life Sciences, has been invited to speak about planning for disasters in the UK at a humanitarian seminar.

The Humanitarian Assistance Seminar is being held on Thursday, 13th March at Police Headquarters in Enderby, Leicestershire.

Dr Easthope, Senior Lecturer, Mass Fatalities and Disaster Victim Identification, will talk about the importance of planning for disasters and the current challenges faced by the UK.

The aim of the seminar is to improve the understanding of Humanitarian Assistance and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum Humanitarian Assistance Plan for those who may be called upon to take key roles in the event that the plan is activated.

Other guest speakers include Major Muriel McClenahan, Director UK Emergency and Red Shield Defence Service at The Salvation Army; David Sheard, Area Support Manager at Cumbria County Council and Sandy McMillan, Assistant Director, Strategy & Commissioning (Adults & Communities) at Leicestershire County Council.

World Habitat Day Welcome Evening

The University has become part of a select group of institutions to hold UN-HABITAT partner status, and to raise awareness of the new opportunities for staff and students a welcome evening will take place on Monday 7 October.
Date: Monday 7th October 2013
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: EMMTEC Lecture Theatre
The University of Lincoln is now one of a select group of institutions to hold partner status with UN-HABITAT – a pioneering United Nations settlement programme, opening the door for staff and students to engage with humanitarian projects around the globe.
To introduce the programme and the new opportunities the partnership will bring, we would like to invite you to a welcome evening on Monday 7th October 2013, which will also mark World Habitat Day.
Refreshments will be provided and academics from a variety of disciplines will deliver short presentations on their experiences of human settlements around the world:
• Professor Hugh Byrd: The Upside Down World of Humanitarian Aid in the South Pacific
• Dr Lucy Easthope: Research into Active Practice: Reflections of a Disaster Response Researcher
• Dr Carl OCoill: The Missionary Position
Places do not need to be booked, and for information contact Professor Hugh Byrd: hbyrd@lincoln.ac.uk.
The University of Lincoln’s World Habitat Day event will introduce the programme, and its University Network Initiative, which will provide staff and students from the University of Lincoln with access to unique research opportunities and UN resources.
For more information on UN-HABITAT and the University Network Initiative visit www.unhabitat.org.

Lincoln achieves partner status with pioneering UN settlement programme

The University of Lincoln has become part of a select group of institutions to hold partner status with a pioneering United Nations programme, opening the door for staff and students to engage with humanitarian projects around the globe.

The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT) is the agency for human settlements that is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

As part of a new UN-HABITAT University Network Initiative, staff and students from the University of Lincoln will now have access to unique research opportunities and UN resources. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate with international organisations on a number of UN-HABITAT programmes, which are specifically designed to help policy-makers and local communities tackle important issues surrounding human settlements and urban living.

Lincoln is one of just a handful of universities in the UK to achieve partner status, and to celebrate there will be an introductory event on Monday 7th October 2013, which also marks World Habitat Day. The event will be hosted in the University of Lincoln’s EMMTEC Lecture Theatre, where an evening of expert talks and networking will take place from 6pm – 8pm.

Professor Hugh Byrd, Professor of Architecture at the University of Lincoln, led the application to be part of the UN-HABITAT University Network Initiative. He said: “On World Habitat Day, governments, universities, voluntary organisations and local communities around the globe will reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. 

The day is intended to remind the world that we all have a responsibility to shape the future of our towns and cities, and I feel that this offers an ideal occasion to introduce the fantastic opportunities open to staff and students here at Lincoln. Now that we are a UN-HABITAT Partner University, there is more opportunity than ever before to engage in international collaborations that will deliver valuable research and funding, and above all, make a difference in the world.”

At the University of Lincoln’s World Habitat Day event, academics from a variety of disciplines will deliver short presentations on their experiences of human settlements around the world.

Professor Byrd, who was part of the team commissioned to shape the rebuild of Christchurch in New Zealand following the devastating earthquakes of 2011, will present “The Upside Down World of Humanitarian Aid in the South Pacific”, illustrating the problems of humanitarian work after a disaster.

Dr Lucy Easthope will also discuss her research into disasters, under the topic “Research into Active Practice: Reflections of a Disaster Response Researcher”. Dr Easthope is an expert in mass fatality disasters, having advised governments, corporations and relief agencies in the aftermath of major incidents, including the Christchurch earthquakes and the Bali terrorist attacks.

Dr Carl O’Coill will deliver a presentation entitled “The Missionary Position”, which questions the role that international development NGOs play in improving the conditions of informal settlements. Dr O’Coill has conducted research into voluntary organisations in Africa and India over the past 15 years.

The evening will also reveal how University of Lincoln researchers across all disciplines can become involved in international networks, conferences, publications and bids for funding, in diverse fields such as governance, climate change, sanitation, gender issues, energy and food.

For more information on UN-HABITAT and the University Network Initiative visitwww.unhabitat.org.

Uncovering human rights abuses

Gillian FowlerFrom blockbuster movies to literature, unearthing the past has long captured our imaginations, but one University of Lincoln academic is using her skills to uncover a more sinister side of human history.

Forensic anthropologist Gillian Fowler (pictured) joined the School of Life Sciences after travelling the world to excavate mass graves. After working in Guatemala exhuming mass graves of victims that disappeared or were killed during Guatemala’s protracted armed conflict, Gillian became involved with a programme in Afghanistan. The programme teaches Afghan nationals the skills they need to investigate and manage mass burial sites themselves, giving them the opportunity to examine their country’s past independently.

Gillian’s research at Lincoln builds on her fieldwork, uncovering the extent of atrocities and trying to tackle the questions they raise. Her work not only bears witness to the victims of conflict but also helps human rights organisations to investigate violations of international humanitarian law.