Perspectives on future hazards research : a consultation survey for the research community

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Becker, J.S.; Coomer, M.A.; Crowley, K.; Bannister, S. 2018 Perspectives on future hazards research : a consultation survey for the research community. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 109. 32 p.; doi: 10.21420/G2MP8M

Abstract: The Natural Hazards Research Platform (NHRP) and Resilience to Nature's Challenges (Resilience Challenge, RNC) research initiatives will merge within the next two years. The research community, in consultation with stakeholders, has been tasked by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to agree on a future pathway for natural hazards, risk and societal impacts research. The merger of NHRP and RNC will become a redefined Phase 2 Resilience Challenge, with associated funding arrangements. An online survey was distributed to members of the research community during September 2017. The purpose of this survey was to gain perspectives from the research community on future research needs. This report provides the tabulated data results and brief discussion of 66 responses to the survey received from the research community. The respondents valued the flexible and accessible contestable funding, as well as the clear central governance, that the NHRP provided. In addition, they also valued the user driven science and collaborative approach of the RNC. Respondents also listed that a focus to drive forwards risk and risk communication research, applied flood research, and understandings of climate change on hazard and risk are considered critical areas for the future of resilience research. This brief survey highlights the need and one approach for inclusive methods for capturing science users and producers’ perspectives on changing funding mechanisms in New Zealand. Recommendations for future engagement include targeted sampling to ensure all hazardrelated sectors are equally represented and embedding these surveys within a regular framework for participatory research strategy development. (auth)