The aim of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is to enable, develop and support world-leading research and knowledge exchange in hazard, risk and resilience by bringing together academics, practitioners, policy makers and local communities. From earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides to security risk and emerging technologies, the Institute studies hazards and risks increasingly relevant to people’s everyday lives. To respond adequately to these problems it focuses on the causes of vulnerability, and ways to increase resilience in order to mitigate damages caused by hazards, especially loss of life. We are linked to departments throughout the university and to a wide range of external partners, including government agencies, NGOs, universities, training centres and community organisations. The Institute is leading research in hazard, risk and resilience around the world, with current projects in the UK, Italy, Chile, China, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Our Graduate Programmes in conjunction with academic departments train students to both Masters and Doctoral level, equipping the next generation of researchers to address some of the fundamental challenges of the 21st Century. We also provide a range of public outreach services and resources on research in hazards, risks and resilience.
‘Matariki Plus’ network colloquium on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Resilience
IHRR convened an important meeting of international researchers in disaster preparation and response.
Making older people's health and social care more resilient to climate change
The BIOPICCC project has launched an online toolkit for assisting local planning for older people's health and social care facilities vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
UK needs to prepare for variable climate and extreme weather
Prof Sarah Curtis was interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria and ITV Tyne Tees on how extreme weather events are becoming more common in the UK.
Fragile Futures - Call for Submissions
Tipping Points researcher Marc Botha is guest editor of a new special issue of The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies on fragility.
(12 Mar 2013) » More about Fragile Futures - Call for Submissions
Prof Lena Dominelli: ‘Social work can mobilise community action on climate’
IHRR Co-Director Prof Lena Dominelli at COP18 speaks on the role of social work in climate change mitigation and adaptation in this video.
Widespread badger cull will not prevent TB in cattle
A widespread badger cull will not solve the problem of tuberculosis in cattle, according to new research at Durham University.
(14 Feb 2013) » More about Widespread badger cull will not prevent TB in cattle
New PhD research on the impacts of disasters on women’s health care in Bangladesh
Durham PhD student Nahid Rezwana has been awarded a unique fellowship from the UNDP to study the effects of disasters on women’s access to health care in the coastal region of Bangladesh.
Resilience Photo Competition
IHRR is hosting a unique photo competition to explore the many 'faces' of resilience.
(18 Dec 2012) » More about Resilience Photo Competition
Changing language influences perception of climate science
Are words from climate science no longer as important in scientific, public and political forums as they once were? According to new research from the Tipping Points project, keywords from climate science are being used less overall and are currently on a downward trend.
Major new donation from the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation
In an important new development for Postgraduate support at Durham University, the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Trust has generously elected to support two PhD studentships over the next three years.
Landslide fatalities are greater than previously thought
A new database from the International Landslide Centre developed by Prof Dave Petley can help policymakers manage landslide hazards and risks that have been severely underestimated in the past.
Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine
The first issue of IHRR's flagship publication Hazard Risk Resilience provides in-depth coverage of interdisciplinary research at Durham University in hazards, risks and resilience.
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Friday 24 May 2013
- IHRR Postgraduate Forum: ‘Doing Fieldwork: Challenges and Opportunities’ 10:15am to 12:30pm, Joachim Room, Hild Bede College, Contact email@example.com
Monday 3 June 2013
- Food for Thought: Challenges and Dilemmas of Food Production 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Holgate Centre, Grey College, Durham University, Prof Peter Atkins, Wilf Richards and Richard Potts, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
News Feed: IHRR Blog
- Event – Food for Thought: Challenges and Dilemmas of Food Production (17 May 2013)
- IHRR Postgraduate Forum: ‘Doing Fieldwork: Challenges and Opportunities’ (15 May 2013)
- We are recruiting a post-doctoral researcher to work on earthquake-induced landslides (10 May 2013)
- Photo stories of resilience runners-up (1 May 2013)
- A first analysis of the potential landslide distribution from the Iran earthquake (19 Apr 2013)
Podcasts and Videos
Podcast - Bovine TB Risk in Britain: Past and PresentWhat led to the spread of tuberculosis in cattle and badgers in Britain? This podcast narrated by Paul Ging includes interviews with Prof Peter Atkins who led two recent studies on the subject.
Podcast - Social work and disaster intervention
Prof Lena Dominelli introduces the role of social work in disaster intervention using the example of recovery efforts during the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Prof Dominelli is a lead researcher on Project Sri Lanka at Durham University and an Associate Director of IHRR.
Podcast - Introducing Tipping Points
Paul Ging, Communications Manager of Durham University, talks to landslide scientist, Dave Petley, and climate researcher Antony Long about the Tipping Points project.
Video - Growing Resilience: A photo story exhibition of children surviving the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake
Dr Timothy Sim with Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents a unique exhibition of photos at Durham University by young people who lived through the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Wenchuan, China.
Video - Waking the giant: climate forcing of geological hazards
Prof Bill McGuire gives an excellent seminar presentation on the influence of climate change on geological systems. Small changes in the Earth's crust can potentially trigger large hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Prof McGuire explores the link between episodes of major climate transition and geohazards.
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