Rachel Lloyd

Drones, Autonomy and Drone swarms: Myths and Reality about Autonomy (Part 1)

Drones no longer represent a novelty in the field of threat, risk and vulnerability management: indeed, drones have been used both as a cause and as a solution to these challenges.  Many examples abound: drone disruption to London Gatwick airport between 19 and 21 December 2018 caused the airport to close for over 33 hours […]

Bridging Cybersecurity and Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR Working Paper

Bridging Cybersecurity and Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR Working Paper

This working paper sets out some key reflections and recommendations on challenges and opportunities associated with bridging cybersecurity and disaster risk reduction aimed at assisting organizations to become more resilient in a rapidly evolving threat and risk landscape. Insights shared here are expected to be of relevance and interest to partners locally, nationally and internationally. […]

Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention

In addressing the global threats posed by Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and in the context of the prohibition and elimination of such weapons, the international community has adopted three key legal instruments, viz, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC, 1972), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC, 1992), and the Treaty on the Prohibition Nuclear Weapons (TPNW, […]

GSDM Associate Silvia Venier Coordinates a Research Project on Protection against CBRN Risks

Share this: GSDM Associate Silvia Venier has begun recently to coordinate a new research project that commenced on 1 March 2020 on the topic of ‘International legal obligations related to Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery from CBRN events (Chemical, Biological and Radio-Nuclear) and status of their implementation in Italy’ (CBRN-ITALY). The project is being funded […]

Strengthening Resilience against Technological Risks: the Importance and Benefits of Integrating Research and Practice

Share this: This emerging issue examines the importance and associated benefits of better integrating research and practice to increase resilience against technological risks. In the first section, it outlines some common characteristics of technological risks and their implications for our risk governance mechanisms, which are crucial tools of the concept of resilience. In the second […]

Mitigating the Environmental Risks posed by Nuclear Weapons: The Need to Enhance the Environmental Provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Share this: The international community welcomed the adoption of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), by the UN General Assembly, as a major development, and a final step, in prohibiting weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – biological, chemical and nuclear. The TPNW is modelled on previous “humanitarian disarmament treaties”, notably, the […]

How Resilient is your Organisation to a Business Disaster?

Share this: The Need for Organizations to Evolve … Nowadays, sophisticated man-made and technological services are an indispensable part of our daily life. Therefore, market leading organizations using these capabilities should by now have moved through “contingency to continuity” and more recently changed their thinking towards “resilience”. This should mean that organizations which previously had […]

Rethinking Counter-Drone Management: Developing a Resilience Solution (Part 2)

Share this: In Part 1, we considered some of the limitations of current approaches to counter-drone management, in particular that many organisations do not yet seem to fully understand nor capitalise upon the potential benefits of a resilience approach. In Part 2, we now consider some of the key elements that a counter-drone resilience approach […]

Rethinking Counter-Drone Management: The Need for a Resilience Solution (Part 1)

Share this: Dr Katja Samuel and Shaun Ryles Effective counter-drone management is an issue of growing concern for government and critical national infrastructure bodies as the number of aerial security incidents has grown globally. The primary focus of national and international counter-drone initiatives to date has been on developing a more effective drone safety eco-system. […]

National Security Summit, London (5 December 2019)

Share this: GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, together with GSDM Principal Associate and Drone Team leader, Shaun Ryles, recently presented at the National Security Summit on the topic of “Rethinking counter-drone resilience planning”. Their presentation explored how both public and private sector organisations can prepare themselves better for drone related incidents by adopting a resilience approach. […]

Building Increased Resilience against Terrorist Drone Attacks

Share this: Recent Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia This emerging issues article examines the critical need for public and private sector organisations, especially Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), to reconsider current strategic-level thinking on building institutional and operational resilience in response to novel and complex challenges posed by the utilisation of technological innovation for terrorist purposes. […]

Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning

Share this: This emerging issues article examines the need to develop more integrated and comprehensive approaches to resilience planning in response to man-made and technological risk, illustrated by hybrid threats and terrorism. The need to rethink how we approach the growing intersections between physical and digital threats to reduce disaster risk and improve resilience have […]

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and Framework Development Challenges

Share this: The Critical need for a Paradigm Shift for the Prevention and Mitigation of Risk This GSDM ‘Emerging Issues’ piece explores a significant, recurring issue of security and disaster risk concern whereby legal frameworks are not keeping pace with technological innovation, with the potential for catastrophic harm especially in a context of inter-connected and […]

Public Health, Mental Health and Mass Atrocity Prevention Workshop (New York, 9-10 June 2019)

Share this: On 9 – 10 June 2019, GSDM associate Dr Ellie Smith attended the “Public Health, Mental Health and Mass Atrocity Prevention” workshop. The event, which was held in New York, was co-hosted by the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The aim of the workshop was to bring together […]

Five Key Considerations for Leveraging Data for Better Migration Policies

The effective and appropriate use as well as impact of data is a matter of growing cross-sectoral interest and concern. This emerging issues piece examines such issues in relation to the leverage of data within the humanitarian sector, specifically in the context of migration policies. It explores five key considerations, making a number of recommendations […]

Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, 14 May 2019)

Share this: Working session on Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction During the recent prestigious Science and Policy Forum for the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Katja Samuel, GSDM’s director, convened and chaired the session on ‘Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction’. The Forum formed part of the working sessions convened in preparation for the Global Platform […]

Maritime Crime and the Role of Insurers

Share this: This emerging issues piece highlights the association between marine vessel operations and the facilitation of serious transnational crime, and erosion of human security.  The author highlights gaps in knowledge regarding the possible impact of insurance practices in the perpetuation of undesirable outcomes, highlighting the importance of such data in the formulation of policy.  […]

Security and Policing Event (Farnborough, 5-7 March 2019)

Share this: GSDM recently participated in the prestigious annual Security and Policing exhibition in Farnborough, hosted by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) on behalf of the Home Office. The event is considered to be “the cornerstone of the security calendar” and is the only ‘closed’ event of its kind. It offers UK suppliers […]

ASIL Annual Meeting (Washington DC, 28 March 2019)

Share this: Panel Discussion on ‘The Critical Contribution of Law towards Global Efforts to Mitigate Disaster Risk.” During the recent prestigious Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, convened and moderated a panel in her capacity as co-chair of the Disaster Law Interest Group (DLIG). The topic of the […]

The Cambridge Handbook on DRR and International Law

Share this: Since 2015, our director, Katja Samuel, has led an innovative, globally unique project examining what disaster risk reduction (DRR) means in the context of international law. This has been a largely under-researched area to date, but is one of growing global and strategic importance, in particular within the context of the Sendai Framework […]

The Impact of Fake News

Share this: This ‘Emerging Issues’ piece explains the relevance of fake news to the aviation industry, in response to new technologies and participatory communication. Using the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption and the MH370 disaster, it assesses the impact of fake news on trust and resilience, and examines reasons for its initiation and spread. Finally, fake news […]

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