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Talks // Coming up // Cafe Sci // Shelterbox: Mapping Vulnerability
18 October
Wednesday
7:45pm

Cafe Sci // Shelterbox: Mapping Vulnerability

Malcolm Shead of Shelterbox and colleagues will be talking on the collection and analysis of data in order to understand operational successes and failures, to measure the impact of their disaster relief work, and prepare for emergencies.

Shelterbox provide aid that is tailored to meets the needs of a community after a specific disaster.

The aid they supply comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. When natural disasters and conflicts occur, the ShelterBox operations team make careful assessments to ensure that ShelterBox aid is right for the situation.

They consider the type of disaster and the level of damage, as well as the needs of the community and their ability to recover, before selecting the right type of support. They are then able to quickly transport items from our positioned hubs around the world to exactly where it is needed.

This talk, covering how they use different sources of data in the needs assessment phase of their response, draws from approaches more commonly associated with the social sciences, and Malcolm will be discussing the challenges around quantifying qualities and multi-faceted complexities.

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