Dedicated to the memory of Patricia Mary Reid (1945-2012)

In South Africa and Africa as a whole, limited opportunities exist to scrutinize and debate burning issues surrounding disaster risk reduction. For some time the ACDS has considered the idea of implementing an annual lecture that will stimulate consideration and discussion of disaster risk reduction matters. To this end it was decided to introduce the Pat Reid Annual Lecture from 2006 (renamed the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture from 2012).

The naming of the lecture has provided an opportunity to recognise the work and dedication of a pioneer in the disaster risk reduction fraternity in South Africa. The aim of the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction is to provide a platform from which internationally recognised experts can address a topical disaster risk reduction issue, which will also elicit some debate.


The first Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Ms. Pat Reid with the topic:

Risky mind-sets and clichés: the challenges of mainstreaming disaster risk management into development practices.

The second Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Dr. Ailsa Holloway from UCT with the topic:

South Africa’s Disaster Management Act: one scrum…three tries…lackluster conversion.

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The third Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Dr. Marla Patel with the topic:

Making disaster prevention stick

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The fourth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Dr. Per Becker (Visiting Professor: Lund University) with the title:

“Climate change adaptation: old wine in new bottles?”

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The fifth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Mr. James Lewis on 14 September 2010 with the title:

“Corruption: the hidden perpetrator of under-development and vulnerability to natural hazards and disasters.”

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The sixth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Dr. Elaine Enarson on 7 September 2011 with the title:

Gender, disaster and climate change: new ways forward to reduce risk.”

From 2012 the Pat Reid Annual Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction will be known as the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction.

The seventh Pat Reid Memorial Lecture was presented by Prof. Ken Hewitt (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) at the first Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction with the title: Disasters in ‘development’ contexts: Social vulnerability, precautionary and preventive concerns“. 

The 2013 lecture was presented by Dr. Terry Gibson with the title: “Reflective practitioners: The importance of critical thought for change agents.”

As part of the Second Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction, Prof. Lorry Peek presented a lecture on: “Drivers, scales and context of disaster risk reduction.

Dr. Rowena Hay presented the 10th Pat Reid Memorial Lecture with the topic: “Trends and Patters in Disaster Reduction.”

Dr. Bernard Manyena presented the 11th Pat Reid Memorial Lecture during the Third Biennial SASDiR Conference in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with the topic: “El Niño-induced drought disaster: a critical juncture for a paradigm shift in disaster risk reduction approaches in Southern Africa.”