Creating impact through research

The Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) is working with communities around the World to increase their resilience to the threat posed by human and natural induced hazards.

Our research has developed an understanding of how physical infrastructure reconstruction affects social cohesion among people affected by disasters.

The recommendations from our research have improved how communities recover and have strengthened the chance of lasting stability across the world. The Centre is instrumental in developing a world in which governments, authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society, which is able to withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats.

CDR undertakes a full range of research styles, from fundamental theory building to highly applied and widely disseminated. Holistic solutions to real world problems are facilitated by the flow, interaction and creation of knowledge across disciplinary groups and networks.

Our vision

Our vision is for a built environment that has the capacity to stand firm or adapt to reduce people’s vulnerability to hazard and which can enable society to continue to function economically and socially when hazards occur. We provide strategic advice and practical guidance based on rigorous research, informed by industry and community members. We work with key stakeholders to design, develop and manage buildings, spaces and places in a way which is sensitive to context. We have a world-wide network of partners from policy, government, industry and academia who support our work.

CDR is instrumental in developing a world in which governments, authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society which is able to withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats.

Impact

Our research has:

  • Informed and shaped a global United Nations campaign to encourage people to prepare for potential disasters. (Global strategy: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) global campaign: “ Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting ready!” in conjunction with more than 20 partners helped to improve local knowledge of disaster risk and support capacity building.)
  • Contributed to the development of resources to enhance professional practice in the humanitarian sector across the world.
  • Shaped and influenced policy made by governments and other official bodies.
  • Been used to develop resources to enhance professional practice in the humanitarian sector.
  • Informed guidance on mainstreaming urban disaster risk reduction into urban development, building urban resilience through a city-level action agenda for risk reduction, and advice on policy and legal frameworks and institutional arrangements. Their handbook forms the basis of training for a wide range of stakeholders involved in relief and recovery, including the government, UN agencies, the Red Cross, NGOs, academia, civil organisations, donors, technical institutions and communities.
  • Resulted in better-informed and more socially inclusive public policy-making & implementation in the development of a disaster resilient built environment.

Although CDR has a strong emphasis on the development of a more resilient built or physical environment, much of our research is interdisciplinary and we work closely with other research groups to link these physical requirements with broader social, natural, institutional and economic needs.

We have a world-wide network of partners from policy, government, industry and academia who support our work. We provide strategic advice and practical guidance based on rigorous research, informed by industry and community members. We work with key stakeholders to design, develop and manage buildings, spaces and places in a way which is sensitive to context.