GDRC members have secured a number of significant, high profile grants and plans are in place to actively respond to current and emerging opportunities, thereby continuing research to improve the knowledge gap between the short term recovery and long term re-construction efforts associated with major disasters; raise awareness and develop skills; set up mechanisms for the transference of knowledge to the market, government and professionals; develop tools specific to each type of disasters; map gender relations and time use; assess access to and control of resources, and the different coping strategies, vulnerabilities and capabilities of men and women; and enhance the role of women as owners, users and creators of the built environment, including situations associated with pre-disaster and post-disaster.
Further, together with colleagues, funding will be sought from schemes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + scheme. These proposals would generate an excellent focus for: identifying, capturing and disseminating skills and good practices; sharing accumulated knowledge from global experiences; developing common tools and mechanisms; and, promoting post-disaster recovery as a research area. As part of this bidding activity, GDRC is keen to give opportunities to junior researchers. Funding that will be obtained will help them to further expand the critical mass, as well as to expand our work in new directions and develop new international collaborations.
GDRC is leading and contributing to several major research projects, including: