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Resilience and vulnerability: Concepts, methods, and future directions workshop

Join us for this two-day workshop that will explore how unanticipated shocks and crises impact the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities.

  • 2 May 2024, 9.30am to 3 May 2024, 1.15pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 1 West, University of Bath
  • This event is free

Given the increasing frequency of various crises, it is imperative that we understand how these unanticipated shocks impact people’s lives and livelihoods.

This resonates closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 1, which calls for bolstering resilience of the poor and vulnerable to shield them from the adverse impacts of shocks - especially since a significant proportion lack adequate social protection.

This has led to an increasingly active research area in economics and other sciences.

This two-day workshop aims to bring together experts from different fields to increase awareness of:

  • current research on vulnerability, resilience, and insecurity that capture uncertainties from micro and macro perspectives
  • methodological advances in estimating resilience and vulnerability
  • future directions of research that highlight both theoretical gaps and open policy questions

The workshop is open to researchers, policymakers, and students interested in these issues.

It is funded by the University of Bath and Manchester School Journal.

Attend this workshop

This is an in-person workshop, with lunch and refreshments provided. For catering purposes, please register for the event by Wednesday 24th April.

There will be an opportunity to join some sessions online, if you would like to join remotely, please also confirm this when completing the registration form.


This two-day workshop will take place in 1 West on our University of Bath campus.

Please note: some details may change, please check this page regularly for up-to-date information.

Day one - Thursday 2 May 2024

Location: 1 West Room 2.104

Time Session Speaker
9.30am - 9.45 am Registration and welcome Professor Ajit Mishra (Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Bath
9.45am - 11am Session 1 - The UN Multidimensional Vulnerability Index: Concept and Challenges Professor Lino Briguglio (University of Malta)
11am - 11.15am Coffee break -
11.15am - 12.30pm Session 2 - The Importance of Being Early: Anticipatory Responses to Crisis Professor Stefan Dercon (University of Oxford)
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch -
1.30pm -2.45 Session 3 - Measuring Vulnerability to Climate Shocks Dr Ruth Hill (World Bank)
2.45pm - 3pm Coffee break -
3pm - 4.15 Session 4 - Computational and Data Science Approaches to Measuring Vulnerability: The Case of Food Insecurity Dr Elisa Omodei (Central European University)
4.15pm - 4.30pm Coffee break -
4.30pm - 5.45pm Session 5 - An Overview of Approaches to Resilience Measurement: Insights from High-Frequency Data Collection in Southern Africa Dr Joanna Upton (Cornell University, United States)

Day two - Friday 3 May 2024

Location: 1 West Room 2.03

Time Session Speaker
9am - 9.45am Session 6 - Comprehensive Risk Management for Climate Action Dr Animesh Kumar (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Bonn)
10am - 11.00am Session 7 - Identifying the Vulnerable: Concepts and Measurement Dr Indranil Dutta (University of Manchester)
11am - 11.15am Coffee break -
11.15am - 12.15pm Session 8 - Predicting Poverty-Resilient Households Using Machine Learning in Sub-Saharan Africa Dr. Nouréini Sayouti
12.15pm - 12.30pm Closing remarks -
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch and end of workshop -

Attend this workshop

Book your place This is an in-person workshop, but some sessions will be available online. Please confirm if you will be attending in-person or online when completing the registration form.


This is an in-person workshop that will take place on our University of Bath campus. Day one will take place in 1 West Room 2.104, and day two in 1 West Room 2.03.

1 West University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

Contact us

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us.