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CRJ 16.2 is out now! 

We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Crisis Response Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, is now available online for digital subscribers and is currently being mailed to our print copy subscribers. 

Our comment in this edition is provided by Advisory Panel Member Lyndon Bird, who warns about the long-term consequences of remote working, saying that companies must take a strategic approach and understand that this is a human resources rather than a financially-driven matter.

In the analysis section, Advisory Panel Member Andrew B Brown describes how enhancing the capabilities of in-country staff, particularly among NGOs, can help them to understand military, police and criminal tactics, helping them to develop a resistance mindset in countries where citizen dissent is being repressed. Meanwhile, Dora Hjalmarsdottir provides details of how the Icelandic authorities are keeping communities and visitors safe amid the spectacular volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula. 

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In our climate feature, Claire Sanders speaks to Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta about his follow-up work after the publication of The Economics of Biodiversity. Former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change and current Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative sounds a warning about possible consequences of solar radiation modification schemes. Haseeb Md Irfanullah calls for action on nature-based solutions, while Advisory Panel Member Alice C Hill writes with Madeline Babin on improving future outcomes from climate disruption.

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Dr Peter Patel, also an Advisory Panel Member, provides an update on India’s second wave of Covid-19 and I Hakan Yilmaz explores the safe corridors being set up to protect travellers and those who work in Turkey’s tourism industry.
In our Risk, Resilience and Leadership feature, two more Advisory Panel Members – Robert Fagan and Eric McNulty – discuss organisational cross-training and C-suite leadership respectively. Emily Hough interviews Michele Wucker about her new book on risk, Massimo Pani examines reputational risk and Thomas Lahnthaler explains why we should focus on people rather than situations when crises arise.

The Security and Cyber feature starts with an article by Nina Smith of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, followed by Advisory Panel Member Andy Blackwell’s warning that while legitimate organisations are building back as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, so too are malicious actors. Andrew Staniforth (also a CRJ panel Member) and David fortune look at protecting Europe’s places of worship amid a disturbing rise in religious hatred.

Moving onto Critical Infrastructure, yet another panel Member, Lina Kolesnikova, analyses how Covid-19 disruption has changed the essence of what we define as ‘critical’, while Keyaan Williams uses recent cyber attacks on utilities companies in the USA as a stark warning that cybersecurity must be improved. Meanwhile, Mark Chapple highlights how the UK has an opportunity to review how crowded places are protected.

And in this edition, we wanted to place humans at the centre of everything we do. To begin, Jeannie Barr from the EPS explains the significance of communication and use of vocabulary during emergencies; while Marcus T Coleman emphasises the importance of governments working alongside neighbours, caregivers and young people. Advisory Panel Member David Wales urges humanitarians and emergency services to explore design processes and Jonathan Collie shares research on a design-led journey to discover gaps in society. Kjell Brataas shares stories of how frontline workers and communities deal with mass grief and Advisory Panel Member Erik de Soir relates the experience of healthcare workers in Belgium to give insights into the psychosocial effects of a pandemic outbreak.

Plus: PIX4D explore the merits of drones in time-sensitive missions; Strengthening Iran’s Urban Search and Rescue capacity; Living at risk in multi-hazard country; Advisory Panel Member Mladen Vratonjic investigates whether public safety and mission critical organisations should switch to 5g now or wait; Freddie McBride explores Next Generation 112 around the world; and Claire Sanders interviews Lord Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal. 

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