The GDRD is delighted to support the launch of a new research network titled ‘Critical Geographies of Disasters’, led by Dr Sophie Blackburn (SAGES, UoR) and Dr Simon Dickinson (University of Plymouth). To mark the launch, the network is holding a 1-day workshop followed by a celebratory drinks reception on 27 June, timed as a pre-event to the upcoming DSA conference. These events are funded by the GDRD RETF. Further details below – any interested individuals please do get in touch.  

Workshop event: What are ‘critical geographies of disasters’? 

The 1-day workshop invites debate and discussion about what ‘Critical Geographies of Disasters’ look like now and in the future. We aim to deconstruct the meaning and boundaries of ‘critical’ lenses in this context, and the significance of ‘transformation’ as a central theme in critical disasters research. The workshop is open to academics, PhDs and research staff undertaking work connected to the workshop themes, either in Geography or affiliated fields. Spaces are limited to 25 participants and there are a few spots remaining – to apply, please complete the form hereThe workshop will be held on-campus, 10am to 5pm. Registration is free and includes lunch and refreshments. 

Network launch drinks reception: registration required

Directly following the workshop on 27 June, we are hosting a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of the ‘Critical Geographies of Disasters’ research network. The aim of the network is to bring together and foster collaboration between researchers engaging diverse, critical, creative and novel theoretical approaches to disasters and climate research. The event will be held from 5-7pm in the Sorby Room (Wager Building), and is open to all DSA delegates, GDRD staff and PGT/PGR students. Please do share the details to anyone you think may be interested! All attendees must register in advance via Eventbrite – please click here


Any questions about the ‘Critical Geographies of Disasters’ network or the events above, please contact the organisers Dr Sophie Blackburn ( and Dr Simon Dickinson (