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European Youth Week: Spotlight on Gavin Brown

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European Youth Week 2024 (12 - 19 April 2024) is an event organised by the European Commission every second year to celebrate and promote youth engagement, participation, and active citizenship all over Europe and beyond. In honour of European Youth Week, we are publishing a series of interviews with young people in the field of civil protection.

By Knowledge Network – Staff member

Gavin Brown is an Assistant Professor of Business and Society at Dublin City University (DCU), a role he has occupied for nearly five years. Brown’s expertise lies in Risk and Crisis Management, which he both researches and teaches. His teaching portfolio, while varied, focuses primarily on risk and emergency management, including courses in Building Sustainable Organisations, Business Continuity, and Failure Management.  

However, with the completion of my PhD in sight, I am looking forward to dedicating more time to participate in UCPM training and other related projects. This next step is not only a personal goal but also a professional commitment to deepening my involvement and contribution to civil protection efforts.

 How have you benefited from the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network (UCPKN) as a young person? 

Participation in UCPKN youth events significantly advanced my professional development, especially in the early stages of my career. It provided invaluable insights into civil protection, aligning with my focus on risk and emergency management.  

To date, the most significant  benefit for me was establishing essential connections with key figures at DG ECHO in the European Commission, which ultimately lead to Professor Caroline McMullan (Professor of Business & Society - Risk & Crisis Management at DCU) and my participation in joining the EUMA research bid: EUMA - Creating an EUropean Higher Education Network for MAster’s Programmes in Disaster Risk Management” which has subsequently been funded by the EU though the UCPM. I am immensely grateful for the UCPKN’s role in this, as without it, our involvement in the EUMA project might not have happened. 

My experiences with the UCPKN have enriched my understanding of managing risks and crises at an EU and global level, and I am eager to continue contributing to this field. 


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The Knowledge Network – Staff member

The Knowledge Network editorial team is here to share the news and stories of the Knowledge Network community. We'd love to hear your news, events and personal stories about your life in civil protection and disaster risk management. If you've got a story to share, please contact us.

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European Youth Week