2021 APRU Multi-Hazards Summer Lecture Series: Creating a Resilient Society Against Multiple Hazards



Currently the world is surrounded by various challenges and uncertainties, such as increased frequency and scale of natural hazards, acute impacts of climate change, economic and social instabilities, national security crises, increased displacement, and the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation is becoming more complex than ever.


The 2021 APRU Multi-Hazards Summer Lecture Series will provide an opportunity to learn and discuss a social system required for a resilient society from different perspectives. Particularly the course will focus on necessary approaches and mechanisms that can tackle multiple-hazards through four lectures across two sessions on infrastructure resilience, cyber-physical systems, and science-based risk management and community resilience.


This lecture series is led by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program in partnership with Tohoku University, Singapore-ETH Centre, National University of Singapore, and SEEDS.


Date & Time

[Session 1]
For Americas: July 27 at 7 pm (Los Angeles) / 9 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: July 28 at 7:30 am (New Delhi)/ 10 am (Hong Kong SAR & Singapore) / 11 am (Tokyo)


[Session 2]
For Americas: August 3 at 7 pm (Los Angeles) / 9 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: August 4 at 7:30 am (New Delhi)/ 10 am (Hong Kong SAR & Singapore) / 11 am (Tokyo)


120 minutes for each session which includes two lectures and two speakers.


A certificate will be awarded to the participants who complete all four lectures.




For further inquiries, email Dr Takako Izumi and Ms Sayaka Kobayashi at IRIDeS, Tohoku University, at [email protected]. 


APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the 2021 APRU Multi-Hazards Summer Lecture Series: Creating a Resilient Society Against Multiple Hazards are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.

Dr. Jonas Joerin

Dr. Jonas Joerin is the Co-Director of the Future Resilient Systems programme since February 2019.

Jonas completed his BSc degree in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Kyoto University, Japan, on a dissertation entitled “Enhancing climate-related disaster resilience of urban communities in Chennai, India”.

His research interest is to better understand human-environmental processes in the context of disasters. He enjoys engaging into field work and has done so in various research projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Switzerland.

Dr. Yi Wang

Dr. Yi Wang is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) programme at the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), supervised by Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic, is the Chair of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich and a member of the ETH Risk Center.

Her research is centred on transportation network design, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Her review paper on this topic has been one of the most popular articles published in Transportation Research Part B: Methodological (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2018.03.011). With her background in transportation and operational research, her current research addresses the resilience in transportation systems and its interdependency with other urban critical infrastructures. Since July 2019, she is part of a research collaboration with the World Bank and Ho Chi Minh City to demonstrate the significance of incorporating resilience thinking into public infrastructure planning. Using disruptive technologies, traffic modelling, and big data analytics, the tangible use cases provided the local authorities with significant traction and promoted greater collaboration on data exchanges.

Dr. Jimmy Peng

Dr. Jimmy Peng is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Previously, he was part of the startup team at the Masdar Institute (now part of the Khalifa University), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 2013, he was appointed as a Visiting Scientist with the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later became a Visiting Assistant Professor at MIT in 2014. His research includes power system resilience, microgrid stability as well as cyber and disinformation attacks on critical infrastructures such as electric grids and transportation networks. He was awarded the ‘40 under 40: Disruptors and Innovators’ by the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2020.

He is also heavily involved in industry standards. Since 2020, he has been nominated to serve on the Electrical and Electronics Standards Committee under the Singapore Standards Council—a body that approves the establishment, review, and withdrawal of Singapore Standards and Technical References. He is also a committee member for the SPRING SS-535 Standard: Code of Practice for Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Performance and Construction Requirements of Mains Failure Standby Generating Systems. SPRING is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. He was a former member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) New Zealand National Committee under the Standards New Zealand—a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand. He was nominated by the Standards New Zealand to join the IEC Young Professionals Program in 2011.

Dr. Anshu Sharma

Dr. Anshu Sharma is a Co-Founder of SEEDS. Anshu trained as an urban planner at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and did his doctoral research in global environmental studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

Over the last 26 years, Anshu has worked extensively on disaster risk and climate emergency issues. He has coordinated community-based action projects, trained practitioners, led inter-agency efforts and conducted research. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous Government, non-profit, UN and funding agencies, helping them to plan, implement and evaluate their programmes.

Anshu is known for his abundance of ideas. He has a keen interest in systems thinking, innovations and capacity building within the humanitarian sector. A professional trainer, he has been a driving force behind SEEDS’ frontline disaster trainings and is a global tutor for Oxford Brookes University. Anshu has also pioneered initiatives such as a disaster preparedness innovation lab in Bangladesh and climate schools in Sikkim.

He has co-edited books on Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction: From Practice to Policy (Nova, 2009), Urban Risk Reduction: An Asian Perspective (Emerald, 2009) and Climate and Disaster Resilience in Cities (Emerald, 2011). He co-edited the IFRC World Disaster Report 2016, and authored a chapter on Urban Resilience for the UNESCAP Asia Pacific Disaster Report 2017.

Dr. Takako Izumi

Dr. Takako Izumi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan since 2013. She also serves as Program Director of the Multi Hazards Program under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which comprises 55 universities and academic institutes in the Pacific Rim. Her research interests include international and regional frameworks/strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR), international humanitarian assistance, and DRR initiatives at the local and community levels.

Prior to joining academia, she has more than 15-year experience as a practitioner in humanitarian assistance, disaster response, recovery, risk reduction as well as various development issues with an international NGO and UN agencies such as UN Habitat, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Office for the Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC), and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (Current UNDRR).

She has been appointed as a member of the UNDRR’s Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) since May 2015. She holds Ph.D. in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.