International networks

The Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) leads and contributes to major international networks of academics, policy makers and practitioners in the field:

  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient campaign
  • A UK partner of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal, and Reconstruction (IIIRR).
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development)

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient campaign

CDR is an active partner of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient campaign. Accordingly, CDR contributes as a main global partner in the campaign, representing academic, technical and expert institutions, and also contributes toward the overall goal - empower local governments with stronger national policies to invest in risk reduction at local level, as part of urban and regional development plans by working with them closely.

Key activities that have been carried out by the Salford team in contributing towards the Making Cities Resilient Campaign include :

  • International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk
  • Disaster Management and Resilience Symposium – RMIT University Australia and Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford
  • Special disaster management session at the 6th International Conference and workshop on the built environment in developing countries
  • Policy briefing in Melbourne, Australia
  • Partners in the capacity building ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign in Sri Lanka
  • Working with local authorities
  • International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
  • Themed journal issue on Making Cities Resilient
  • Make risk knowledge, assessments and risk reduction part of the university curricula
  • PhD project on local government role in disaster risk reduction
  • Key note speeches and other sessions linked to the Campaign
  • International conference presentations
  • Partnership with UNESCO Costal Hazard Management Commission
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development)
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development) 1st conference
  • ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development) doctoral school
  • Other related research projects
  • Other conferences
  • Publications

Download the 2013 progress report highlighting CDR Activities towards the UNISDR campaign.

Download the 2012 progress report highlighting CDR Activities towards the UNISDR campaign.

Download the document Achievements as a key partner under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

  • UK partner of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal, and Reconstruction (IIIRR)

    The CDR is the UK partner of the The International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal, and Reconstruction (IIIRR). IIIRR is a multi-university international consortium which provides overall leadership in research, education, planning, design and implementation for infrastructure renewal and reconstruction projects in tsunami affected or underdeveloped regions.

    The core of IIIRR consists of a group of interdisciplinary experts who serve as the facilitators for social development, industrial and economic growth as well as environmental preservation through infrastructure development. Innovative and socially responsible projects inspired via internal synergies of the IIIRR will lead to rapid development and improved quality of life. In addition, by providing stewardship in infrastructural rebuilding efforts, the IIIRR creates a common platform for discussion and collaboration among diverse entities such as government, the corporate sector, NGOs and universities, each having specific but diverse goals and priorities.

    The IIIRR provides leadership to leaders and facilitates discussion and planning activities among relevant bodies, while operating on an outcomes based strategy for rapid sustainable infrastructure development. The IIIRR and its members are pursuing research, and associated funding, in the following areas:

    • Hazard mitigation, emergency response and recovery planning
    • Physical infrastructure – construction , materials and methods
    • Physical infrastructure – transportation
    • Integrated project management
    • Database and data models development
    • Environmental design of social, physical and economic infrastructure

    The Centre for Disaster Resilience is leading IIIRR’s Social Infrastructures theme

    Other partners of IIIRR include: University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Calgary, Canada; Arizona State University, USA; University of South Florida, USA; University Central de Las Villas, Cuba; University of Stuttgart, Germany; University of Dortmund, Germany; University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka; University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

    Further details of IIIRR is available at http://www.iiirr.ucalgary.ca