Setting a Public Policy Agenda for Disaster Research in India

  • Krishna S. VatsaEmail author
Part of the Disaster Studies and Management book series (DSDM)


In India, public policy in disaster management can benefit significantly through an active research and education programme. An increasing exposure to disaster risks in recent decades has posed a serious challenge for public policies and institutions dealing with disaster management. As many higher education institutions are now offering academic programmes in disaster management, support for disaster research is necessary for growth and enrichment of the discipline as well as for maintaining its relevance for practice. The paper identifies several areas where research could influence government policies and programmes, and other stakeholders’ participation. An active research programme needs to be supported through a regular funding window for disaster research. It could also be encouraged through doctoral programmes, public agencies’ support for research and small grants. These steps would narrow the divide between academics and practitioners in the area of disaster management. Academic institutions in India need to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to disaster management and facilitate the sharing of knowledge across disciplines. In addition, there is a need to pay greater attention to the methodology of disaster research, including its qualitative aspects.


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  1. 1.UNDPNew DelhiIndia

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