Saimum Kabir

PhD student
Saimum Kabir

Saimum is currently completing his PhD on flood risk reduction at the University of Melbourne. He has previously completed a Master of Human Settlements at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and a Bachelors and Masters in Architecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. 

Despite advances have been made in disaster risk management in Australia, significant knowledge gaps still exist in the analytical assessment of urban change and its cumulative impacts on flood risks. Saimum’s research aims to explore the complex cross scale effects between urban changes and flood risks from non-linear perspective of city-disaster nexus. His study is also investigating the potential role of urban planning in flood risk reduction via its ability to integrate actions and knowledge. The expected outcome will contribute in determining ‘fit for purpose’ strategies for dynamic change management focusing on cross-scale implications among systems, capacities, agencies and time periods that has the potential to enhance the flood resilience capacity of an urban settlement.

Student project

The overarching goal of the research is to reduce community’s vulnerability to flood risks by enhancing risk reduction capacity of the built environment. The possible outcomes of the research include critical review of flood risk management policy and practices and identification of “fit for purpose” policy guidelines to deal with dynamic change. The research context is Melbourne, Victoria and the research findings will offer empirical data resources for end-user agencies. Further, since the research is covering a range of aspects related to response, recovery and mitigation of disaster risk via the process of urban planning, it offers greater potential to benefit the larger society exposed to the similar risks in addition to direct implication in the local urban development policies of the case study catchment.
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31 Aug 2020
Key findings: Appropriate management of disaster risk in a dynamic urban context requires...

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