Robyn Haggis scoops CDRI Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Robyn Haggis, member of Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS), Nature-based Solutions Initiative (NbSI), and DPhil student at Oxford University Environmental Change Institute, who has been awarded a one-year Fellowship with the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

The CDRI Fellowship Programme aims to promote research and innovation on disaster resilient infrastructure. It provides support to Fellows to develop solutions to real-world problems which can be shared widely and implemented in different contexts. Fellows receive financial support from CDRI and become part of CDRI’s global network of practitioners, academics, and community leaders. Robyn is one of 15 Fellows for the year 2022-2023, selected from 160 applicants, and the only representative from the UK and Europe Region.

Robyn’s research focuses on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for resilient infrastructure systems. Through the Fellowship, Robyn is developing a new country diagnostic tool for NbS. This includes (1) a framework for considering NbS options alongside built options in infrastructure decisions, and (2) a data repository of key quantitative data and corresponding interactive decision-making tool which decision-makers can apply in their own countries.

The country diagnostic tool can be applied to geospatial decisions, to help identify priority hotspots of NbS which can provide the most benefit to infrastructure resilience. The tool is applicable globally and being piloted through the Fellowship in Jamaica. The outputs of this research will be available via an online platform following the Fellowship.

Robyn is mentored by Dr. Raghav Pant from the ECI and receives technical support from experts Dr Rama Pandey and Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy Nakka.

See the announcement of the awards (from minute 52:32) and Robyn’s from minute 53:25.

More information on the Fellowship can be found here.