TRANSCEND Kick Off Meeting and Discussion

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Date:
21st – 22nd December 2019

Place/Venue:
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Participants:
Dr. Noralfishah sulaiman from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia, Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Dr. Menaha Shanmugam Thayaparan, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Mr. Hisham Tariq, THINKlab, University of Salford, United Kingdom, Ms. Umber Nazir, KANZU Research, UTHM, Malaysia, Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, UTM, Malaysia.

Description:
Session 1:

Urban planning process for Risk Sensitive urban development

The first session discussed the Urban Planning Process to facilitate risk sensitive urban development. This session was started with the presentation of Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah, UTM, Malaysia, who spoke on the Urban Planning Process and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). During her speech, she described about the current urban planning process and explain every phase involved. Further she mentioned about DRR and its importance in involving throughout all the phases of urban plan. After the presentation, panel discussion session carried out which involved four speakers and a moderator. This panel was chaired by Dr. Noralfishah sulaiman from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia. There were other members of the panel as well, namely Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Dr. Menaha Shanmugam Thayaparan, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Mr. Hisham Tariq, THINKlab, University of Salford, United Kingdom, Ms. Umber Nazir, KANZU Research, UTHM, Malaysia and as a moderator Dr. Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, UTM, Malaysia.

Session 2:
Community Capacity View
This session started with the presentation on community capacity building by Dr. Kaushal Keraminiyage, University of Salford, UK. He explained briefly about the community capacity concept. Later on, Mr. Kishan Sugathapala, NBRO, Sri Lanka, gave a presentation on resettlement and capacity building by showing his work. He also shared some experiences with community during his project.

The panel discussion was helpful in collaborating between all the researchers from other universities. As TRANSCEND project involved so many perspectives and views it’s good to have discussion with the researchers of different backgrounds. The presentations also helped to understand about the TRANSCEND concept about Living lab, Transformational learning, Stakeholders’ Narratives, Urban Planning and Community Resilient. Through TRANSCEND, our innovation in research and digitization strategies in managing equitable resilience will continue to be unfold; it brings us dynamic participation with technology enhanced stakeholders globally; and we will be updated with the latest findings and breakthrough in stakeholder collaboration agenda over time.

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