The UPM Platform on Refugees is a cooperation network among teachers, researchers and students of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) . Its objective is to work on refugee camps to improve the quality of life of their communities.
The main goal of this platform since the beginning of it (2018), was the development of an interdisciplinary methodology to identify the basic needs of refugees. This methodoly is being applied in a specific refugee camp, Shimelba, and its host community, which is located in the Shire Region, in the north of Ethiopia.
NAUTIA, Need Assessment Under Technological Interdisciplinary Approach.
As a result of the implementation of NAUTIA methodology, this platform has identified multidisciplinary proposals which are expecting to get funds, in order to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants in refugee camps and their host community.
The UPM Platform on Refugees was set up in response to the XVIII UPM Call for proposals that contribute to the enforcement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM)
According to this call, the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) is looking for a change of both scale and strategy so as to promote the creation of stable interdisciplinary research platforms, in order to link them with the research staffs’ work, whether cooperation or research groups.
Under this framework, the UPM Platform on Refugees emerges as an interdisciplinary group linked to the Shire Alliance.