Appraising Risk

The Appraising Risk Partnership is an international collaboration of scholars and researchers dedicated to exploring the critical role of climatic crises in the past and future of the Indian Ocean World. With generous support from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the partnership seeks to create a comprehensive spatial and temporal database of human-environment interaction and interdependence during periods of climatic change.

The ‘Appraising Risk, Past and Present’ Partnership aims, for the first time, to

(1) construct past-to-present patterns of human and environmental factors at work before, during, and following each period of crisis in the IOW;

(2) ascertain current and traditional IOW perceptions of environmental risk and risk management; and

(3) use the results of this historical research to enhance currently employed Environmental Risk Perception and Governance (ERPG) protocols.