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Menaha is the research fellow attached to the Centre for Disaster Resilience, School of the Built Environment, working as the lead researcher for the following 2 projects
1. A research grant from the Newton Fund under the Newton Institutional Links programme for developing a resilient built environment for climate induced extreme weather events in Malaysia with the partner institution Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). The project is titled “CLimate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation Through an Integrated Safer built Environment (CLIMATISE). The total value of the project is £80,642 over a period of one year.
This project intends to develop built environment specific strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate-induced EWEs with the national and international collaboration of academics, practitioners and professional bodies. Development of a CPD programme, curriculum evaluation at the partner institutions, staff development and knowledge exchange activities, carrying out joint publications, and creating long-term strategic partnership between partners are the objectives of the study
2. SOBE’s Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) is a partner to a Major EU Horizon 2020 project titled EU-CIRCLE under the “Safeguarding and securing society: including adapting to climate change (DRS-9)” theme. This project is among the very first series of calls to be funded under the new Horizon 2020 scheme.
Menaha was the lead researcher and the network manager of ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development) that aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education Institutes to increase society's resilience to disasters of human and natural origin. She was also involved in number of research projects undertaken by CDR and the school of the Built Environment such as BELLCURVE and Construction and Women which were funded by European Commission and European Social Fund respectively.
She has over 10 years of research experience, and has written a number of publications including journal articles, book chapters , international conference papers and research reports. Her main research theme would be disaster management education in the built environment and community engagement.
The specific research interests within this theme would be:
- Lifelong learning for the built environment professionals
- Studying the construction labour market demands to increase societal resilience to disasters
- Improving the capacity of higher education institutions to make them more responsive to the labour market demands
- Improving disaster resilience education to increase the societal resilience
- Enhancing collaboration among universities, industries and communities
- Community engagement to improve societal resilience of vulnerable communities