Our vision

The Centre for Disaster Resilience is a multi-disciplinary centre committed to improving the ability of countries and communities to plan for, and recover from, natural and man-made disasters and disruptive events caused by hazards.

Our aim is to be a global leader in built environment research and education that develops societal resilience to disasters

We are very much forward looking and our aim is to be a global leader in built environment research and education that develops societal resilience to disasters and disruptive events caused by hazards.

Within this holistic societal goal lies a more specific community objective of building resilience and adaptation measures. In achieving this aim the centre’s strategy is to focus on the strengths of the existing multidisciplinary membership, our portfolio of funded research projects, our existing postgraduate research community and our national and international collaborative partners leading up to the REF in 2020 and beyond.

In order to achieve this aim, our objectives are to:

  • Undertake real world, rigorous research that is timely and appropriate
  • Produce research outputs that are world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour
  • Provide strategic advice and practical guidance to policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Provide education and training opportunities
  • Translate research outcomes into evidence-based impact that is outstanding in terms of reach and significance
  • Develop and promote networks for collaboration in teaching, research and engagement
  • Draw upon and share expertise and innovation internationally

In order to meet the goal of continuing to be the global leader in built environment research and education that develops societal resilience to disasters, we identify the following strategic priorities:

  • Increase research award income year on year
  • Increase the number of PGR students supervised by our staff
  • Increase the quality of our publication outputs in terms of originality, significance and rigour
  • Further develop and sustain relationships with key stakeholders with a view to maximising income and value, and influencing policy direction
  • Implement activities to support the Centre’s Early Career Researchers and improve mentoring of staff, and PGR supervisory capabilities for Centre members
  • Host targeted external engagements with key stakeholders (nationally and internationally) from academia, the private, and the third sectors