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Submitted as: research article 03 Jun 2019

Submitted as: research article | 03 Jun 2019

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Interdisciplinary Pressure Cooker: environmental risk communication skills for the next generation

Lydia Cumiskey1,2, Matthew Lickiss3, Robert Šakić Trogrlić1,4, and Javed Ali1,5 Lydia Cumiskey et al.
  • 1Water Youth Network, Delft, 2600 MH, The Netherlands
  • 2Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, UK
  • 3Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UR, UK
  • 4School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
  • 5French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (IGE), Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, 38000 France

Abstract. This article presents a ‘Pressure Cooker’ approach for building interdisciplinary risk communication capacity in young researchers and professionals through an intensive 24-hour workshop. The event successfully brought together 35 participants from around the world to work on real-life environmental hazard/risk communication challenges for two areas in Mexico. Participants worked in interdisciplinary teams, following a three-step iterative process, with support from mentors and a range of specialists to develop risk communication outputs. Feedback surveys indicate that the workshop met its goal of improving participants’ knowledge of risk communication and interdisciplinary working. The workshop resulted in an inter-disciplinary community of researchers and practitioners, including organisers, participants and supporting specialists, still active after the event. It is recommended that such interdisciplinary workshops are used to build capacity to tackle complex challenges, such as risk communication, but require further testing. Insights into the design and implementation of such interdisciplinary workshops are given (e.g. team design, use of preparatory materials, and engagement of specialists and local stakeholders are presented), including critiques of challenges raised by the workshop participants. Guidance is provided to those interested in applying a Pressure Cooker approach and further adaptations of the approach are welcomed.

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This paper presents a unique capacity building event (The Pressure Cooker) which identified lessons for both organisers and participants about interdisciplinary working in geohazard risk communication. The paper highlights the importance of testing different approaches to build capacity across different disciplines for complex challenges like risk communication. Examples are provided about the impact the event had on participants, organisers and supporters both in the short and long term.
This paper presents a unique capacity building event (The Pressure Cooker) which identified...