UNU-EHS postgraduate scholar Deepal Doshi has won the 2017 Natural Hazards Center award for the best graduate student paper for her work investigating the hazards posed by tropical cyclones.
Ms. Doshi, who works as a Student Assistant in the VARMAP (Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning) section of UNU-EHS in Bonn alongside working towards the UNU-EHS and University of Bonn Joint Masters programme on ‘Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security’, was awarded the prize for her paper entitled ‘Tropical Cyclones: From an Integrated “DNA” Perspective’.
The prize-winning paper aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the risks posed by tropical cyclones, with a particular emphasis on the linkages between the physical and social dimensions of the natural hazard.
“Receiving this award from the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado-Boulder is an extremely prestigious achievement for me, for it is known as the global clearing house for hazards and disaster research,” says Ms Doshi. “This was also the first time I applied the knowledge I gained in my Masters’ programme at UNU-EHS in the context of an international competition, and being declared the winner in graduate section really encourages me to continue pursuing my academic career in this direction.”
The Natural Hazards Center is based in Boulder, Colorado and serves as a preeminent cradles of hazards-related research. Previous winners of the prestigious Student Paper Competition have gone on to hold roles in academia and NGOs.
Ms. Doshi’s paper is available to read online here.