Professional Practice Groups bring together people with an interest in a thematic or sectoral area of professional geographical practice for networking and professional development.
Launched in September 2020, this group brings together risk-focused professionals from across disaster risk reduction, re/insurance, humanitarian, governmental and academic sectors, to promote best practice and uncover latent geographical knowledge, skills and practice they have in common.
It aims to develop a community of professional geographers who use geographic information and approaches for disaster risk management in their day jobs or in extra-curricular activities. The group also supports the development of early career professionals in the risk management sector by recommending best practice and requirements for geographers entering the workplace.
Areas of professional interest may include:
Hazards, assets, exposure and data
Disaster preparedness and risk reduction
Event monitoring and post damage assessment
Communicating and understanding risk
Use of geographic information and geospatial technologies
Further details are set out in the group's Constitution, and in the launch event presentation and notes, in the Downloads box at the bottom of this page.
If you are interested in joining the group and receiving further information about their events and activities, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read reports and watch recordings from the PPG's events, including the Fireside Chat series.
Read the findings of our expert panel discussion on how approaches from insurance can help inform the NSRA methodology review.
This case study summarises the key themes discussed by our panellists at the second fireside chat, organised by the Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group in April 2021.
This case study summarises the key themes discussed by our panellists at the first fireside chat, organised by the Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group in February 2021.
The group is currently working with the Society to develop resources and advice for university students and early-career professionals on careers in disaster risk management. For those already working in the sector, the group shares information and opportunities in its LinkedIn networking and discussion group.
Read our career profiles of geographers working in disaster risk management.
Working in disaster risk management or related fields? Join the DRM PPG's LinkedIn group and network with other professionals.
As part of our week-long International Women’s Day celebrations, the Society's Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group spoke to six women geographers working in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).
Co-chair: Dr Tina Thomson CGeog - Head of Catastrophe Analytics EMEA West/South, Willis Towers Watson
Co-chair: William Forde - Senior Director, Insurance and Spatial Solutions, CoreLogic
Matt Foote CGeog - Senior Director - Research, Willis Towers Watson
Chris Ewing CGeog - Head Of Client Management - Impact Forecasting, Aon
Prof Richard Teeuw - Professor of Geoinformatics and Disaster Risk Reduction, University of Portsmouth
Dr Faith Taylor - Lecturer in Physical Geography Education, King's College London
Society staff support the group’s administration and activities.
Featured image: UAV photogrammetry image of Loubiere, Dominica, showing damage caused by Hurricane Maria courtesy of Toby Meredith, copyright University of Portsmouth
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