IHRR Postgraduate Fellowship in Enhancement of Knowledge to Build Resilience to Hazards
Durham University is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Postgraduate Fellowship designed to support a PhD studentship for 3 years in IHRR.
‘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.
Tipping Points Annual Report 2011-12
The new annual report from the Tipping Points project is now available.
(15 Aug 2012) » More about Tipping Points Annual Report 2011-12
Risk of premature death and poor health higher in areas of low employment
People living in areas of England with long-term low employment rates face a greater risk of premature death, according to new research led by Prof Sarah Curtis.
Modelling Social Problems and Health Conference
The Tipping Points project will hold a conference13th-14th September at Durham on modelling social problems and health issues in society.
(3 Aug 2012) » More about Modelling Social Problems and Health Conference
Blogging Tipping Points Conference 2012
Researchers from the the Tipping Points project are blogging about sessions from the annual conference.
(9 Jul 2012) » More about Blogging Tipping Points Conference 2012
Earthquakes without frontiers
A new 5-year multidisciplinary research project is working to build resilience to earthquakes in areas of the Alpine-Himalayan belt, where some of the most deadly earthquakes have occurred in the last 120 years.
(7 Jun 2012) » More about Earthquakes without frontiers
IHRR Welcomes New Executive Director Prof Sarah Curtis
The Institute is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director Prof Sarah Curtis, who will continue to oversee IHRR’s research and its mission in the world today.
Field trial begins for improving brownfield soil health
The ROBUST project has begun its first public field trial for testing a new technology for regenerating brownfield land.
Britain still ill-prepared for floods
Prof Lena Dominelli was quoted in The Independent about the lack of flood defences in parts of England that led to 1,000 people being evacuated from their homes.
(11 May 2012) » More about Britain still ill-prepared for floods
Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics
IHRR's exciting new book on multidisciplinary research in risk is now available.
Interactive Climate Science Experience at Durham University
IHRR's Tipping Points project was pleased to welcome St Anthony's Girls' School from Sunderland and All Saints VA Church of England School from Stockton for interactive lessons on the science of past climate change.
Report: Restoring Trust in order to Increase Market Resilience after the Global Financial Crisis
A new report from the Tipping Points project on the role of trust in financial markets is now available.
Further investigation needed for recent landslide in Papua New Guinea
Prof Dave Petley comments on role of quarry in Papua New Guinea landslide.
IHRR Small Grants Scheme
IHRR is providing funding of up to £1500 to prime research and other activities to promote work in hazard, risk and resilience at Durham University.
(7 Feb 2012) » More about IHRR Small Grants Scheme
New research on groundwater systems in India under past, present and future climates
A project led by Dr Alex Densmore received a grant of £716k from the NERC Changing Water Cycle programme.
Landslide fatalities give warning for the future
New research on the number of deaths caused by landslides may be key to understanding their global impact and managing them in order to save lives.
(17 Jan 2012) » More about Landslide fatalities give warning for the future
New risk-based mapping tool for targeting sources of river pollution
A powerful new scientific tool for managing diffuse river pollution is available as free software to NGOs, governments and communities throughout the world.
Tipping Points on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'
IHRR's Tipping Points project was featured on the BBC radio programme 'Thinking Allowed'.
International Fellowship Opportunities Available
The second round of the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) is now open for applications.
(28 Nov 2011) » More about International Fellowship Opportunities Available
Remembering the Aberfan Disaster
On its 45th anniversary, Dave Petley reviews the Aberfan Disaster and why lessons from the tragedy still need to be learned globally.
(21 Oct 2011) » More about Remembering the Aberfan Disaster
UK must prepare for extreme weather and ageing population
A recent study from the BIOPICCC project reveals how the UK must prepare infrastructure for older people's care for future extreme weather events due to climate change.
Follow IHRR on Twitter
Keep up to date on IHRR’s events, activities and research on Twitter. Follow @_IHRR
(29 Sep 2011) » More about Follow IHRR on Twitter
Species moving north in response to climate change
Dr Ralf Ohlemüller is a co-author of a new study published in Science on the movement of plants and animals due to climate change.
(23 Aug 2011) » More about Species moving north in response to climate change
New Book by Prof Sarah Curtis
Prof Sarah Curtis has published an exciting new book: Space, Place and Mental Health.
(17 Aug 2011) » More about New Book by Prof Sarah Curtis
Tipping Points Annual Report 2010-2011
The annual report for IHRR's Tipping Points project is now available online. It provides an overview of what the project has accomplished thus far and its aims for the future.
(5 Aug 2011)
New Research Fellowship Scheme
In 2011-12 Durham University is launching a new EU-sponsored Fellowship scheme.
(28 Jul 2011) » More about New Research Fellowship Scheme
Meeting on Health Risky Behaviour
The joint meeting held between IHRR and the Durham Health Forum about research on smoking behaviours and their implications for public health was a huge success.
(11 Jul 2011) » More about Meeting on Health Risky Behaviour
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Report
A new report published by IHRR is available, 'Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas'.
(15 Jun 2011) » More about Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Report
Landslides caused by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake led to loss of landscape
Fascinating research by Dr Robert Parker, Dr Alex Densmore, Dr Nick Rosser, Prof Dave Petley and others, reveals how landslides triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake resulted in a loss of landscape.
Targeted regeneration could be key to boosting coalfield communities
Dr Mylène Riva and Prof Sarah Curtis co-authored a study on the health inequalities experienced by coalfield communities.
Prof José Manuel Mendes visits IHRR
Prof José Manuel Mendes from the University of Coimbra, Portugal is currently visiting IHRR through an Erasmus (European Commission) scholarship.
(11 May 2011) » More about Prof José Manuel Mendes visits IHRR
Dr Paul Slovic arrives in Durham
World-renowned researcher in risk perception, Dr Paul Slovic, will arrive in Durham to give a seminar as well as IHRR's public lecture Monday 9 May.
(6 May 2011) » More about Dr Paul Slovic arrives in Durham
NERC-funded 'Global Volcano Model'
Dr Claire Horwell is a project partner in the 'Global Volcano Model' funded by NERC.
(29 Apr 2011) » More about NERC-funded 'Global Volcano Model'
Bursaries available for MA/MSc Programmes in Risk
The Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience is excited to announce two Moyes Foundation Bursaries for the MA/MSc Programmes in Risk, with a value up to £25,000 each. Deadline: 17th June 2011
(26 Apr 2011) » More about Bursaries available for MA/MSc Programmes in Risk
Report from Kosi River Workshop
A report from the workshop on mitigating flooding from the Kosi River in India is now available.
(21 Apr 2011) » More about Report from Kosi River Workshop
A new approach to flood hazard and resilience for the Kosi River, Bihar
Dr Alex Densmore is currently in India working with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur on developing a better understanding of the Kosi River flood disaster of 2008.
Resilience Matters Seminar Series
A new seminar series in IHRR organised by Prof Lena Dominelli explores the term 'resilience' and how it is used within different contexts.
(16 Mar 2011) » More about Resilience Matters Seminar Series
Alex Densmore featured in The Guardian
Dr Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards research in IHRR, was featured in an article in The Guardian about how aftershocks can occur after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
(14 Mar 2011) » More about Alex Densmore featured in The Guardian
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Workshop
IHRR welcomed colleagues from the National Society of Earthquake Technology (NSET-Nepal), the Nepal School of Social Work, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok who participated in a workshop on 'Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas'.
(1 Mar 2011) » More about Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Workshop
Dave Petley assists AU government in river bank collapse management
Prof Dave Petley met with Australia's Department of Water to share his knowledge on managing river bank collapse.
IHRR receives new director
IHRR is pleased to welcome its new director Prof Dave Petley. Dave has been involved with the Institute since its infancy and founded one of the Institute's flagship projects -- The International Landslide Centre.
(17 Jan 2011) » More about IHRR receives new director
IHRR awarded NERC/ESRC resilience research grant
The Institute has been awarded a grant from the NERC/ESRC program 'Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards.' The award for £29,616 involves Alex Densmore (PI), Lena Dominelli (Co-I), Jonathan Rigg (Co-I), David Petley (Co-I) and Katie Oven (PDRA).
(16 Nov 2010) » More about IHRR awarded NERC/ESRC resilience research grant
Report on health assessment of Icelandic ash released
A new study led by Claire Horwell has concluded that the ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull earlier this year does not have the potential to cause long-term respiratory health problems for Icelanders.
(30 Sep 2010) » More about Report on health assessment of Icelandic ash released
Alex Densmore featured on China Radio International
Dr Alex Densmore was interviewed for the programme 'People in the Know' on China Radio International about China's recent flood and debris flow hazards. A podcast of the programme is available on CRI's website.
(3 Sep 2010)
New report launched on public attitudes to synthetic biology
Dr Matthew Kearnes and Professor Phil Macnaghten were advisers for a new project on public attitudes towards synthetic biology entitled Synthetic Biology Dialogue. The project report highlights public concerns about risks associated with synthetic biology and encourages ways of engaging the public with regulating new technologies.
Yangtze River's ancient origins revealed
Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards Research at IHRR, and his research team discovered that the Yangtze River began to cut the Three Gorges area in China around 45 million years ago. Read the full press release here
(3 Jun 2010) » More about Yangtze River's ancient origins revealed
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience recently launched its new blog. It will help serve the Institute in communicating its research and impacts.
(4 May 2010)
Funding available for Masters by Research project
Funding is available for a Masters by Research project 'From high flows to low flows: Can flood risk measures simultaneously deliver a more secure water resource environment? This is a partly funded Masters by Research project at Durham University with the Eden Rivers Trust. For further details see http://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/graduateprogramme/fundingannouncements/
(22 Mar 2010)
PhD studentship at Durham University, in collaboration with GeoInfo Centre
This studentship will support a full time PhD student undertaking research to assess and enhance strategies for translating and communicating, to diverse non-academic audiences, the findings from research on risks to human populations.
MA/MSc Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010
We are delighted to announce that we are launching three new taught Masters Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010.
Podcasts now available
Podcasts of some IHRR seminars are now available. These audio transcripions give a flavour of the subject matter and teaching style that will be used on the new Masters programme shortly to be launched. Please refer to the Podcasts page /ihrr/resources/podcasts/ for further details.
(29 Jan 2010)
Postdoctoral research assistants required for Leverhulme Tipping Points project
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is appointing 5 postdoctoral research assistants to work on a 5 year Leverhulme Programme Grant: Tipping Points - mathematics, metaphors and meanings.
Research Writer and Dissemination Officer required
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience wishes to appoint a Research Writer and Dissemination Officer.
(19 Nov 2009) » More about Research Writer and Dissemination Officer required
Chancellor Bill Bryson launches new charity to help students from the Global South
The Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation launched on Tuesday 17th November to commemorate Christopher Moyes, a leading Durham businessman and former chairman of the council of Durham University who died in 2006.
How deep will nanotechnology's impact be?
The final report of the DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Engagement in Emerging Nanotechnologies) project will be launched on 28th September in Brussels.
(22 Sep 2009) » More about How deep will nanotechnology's impact be?
Research shows remarkable resilience displayed by Afghan children
Research carried out by Catherine Panter-Brick and Mark Eggerman in Anthropology with colleagues in Pakistan and Afghanistan has constituted the first large-scale survey of mental health among young people in Afghanistan. It was found that one in five schoolchildren in northern Afghanistan is likely to suffer from a psychiatric disorder, and that day-to-day violence and stress were as much the cause of the children’s suffering as the war-related brutalities they witnessed. However, remarkable resilience by the children was displayed.
IHRR awarded £1.75 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust
The Institute of Hazard and Risk Research has been awarded a grant to study Tipping Points in economic and environmental systems.
IHRR awarded a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow
IHRR, along with Durham's newly formed Energy Institute (DEI), bid to NERC's call to house a Knowledge Exchange Fellow. We proposed Professor Bob Holdsworth, a University champion in Knowledge Exchange. He was interviewed on the 20th May and subsequently awarded a three year Fellowship, allowing him to dedicate 50% of his time to growing links with industry for IHRR and the DEI.
(1 Jun 2009)
Durham Professor argues that science alone will not save us
Sarah Curtis, Professor in Health and Risk in the Geography Department at Durham University has been quoted in the Guardian on Tuesday 19th May for her argument that funding for the social sciences is just as important as that for science and engineering when it comes to dealing with the consequences of climate change.
Rob Parker (MSc by research supervised by Nick Rosser, Alex Densmore and Dave Petley) presented a talk entitled 'Investigating controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China' at the student conference of the UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPsoc). Rob and Georgie Bennett (MSc by research supervised by Dave Evans and Patrice Carbonneau) were jointly awarded the prize for the best presentation at this national level conference.
(20 Apr 2009)
Professor Sarah Curtis awarded a £713K grant from the EPSRC to investigate Built Infrastructure for Older People in Conditions of Climate Change
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded to Durham University and Heriot-Watt University grants totalling £713,942 for the BIOPICCC project, as part of a major research network funded by the Council on Adaption and Resilience to a Changing Climate.
Natural Hazards Workshop Web and Wiki
Why not contribute to our online discussion forum?
(3 Mar 2009) » More about Natural Hazards Workshop Web and Wiki
Masters Funding Announced
We are pleased to announce the availability of six £4,500 bursaries for our new Masters (by research) programmes in Hazard and Risk, for students starting in October 2009.
(16 Feb 2009) » More about Masters Funding Announced
Moyes Trust PhD Funding Announced
We are pleased to announce the 2009 competition for a Fellowship supported by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Trust.
(12 Feb 2009) » More about Moyes Trust PhD Funding Announced
New grant to support feasibility study into developing an underground laboratory
(11 Feb 2009) » More about Boulby Geoscience
Celebration of Benefactors
The IHRR new building is now finished and occupied and an event to officially launch the building and celebrate the contribution made by benefactors will be held on Wednesday February 11th.
(16 Jan 2009)
Controversial Theory on Cause of Landslides
Dave Petley received coverage in a Malaysian Sunday newspaper following his keynote lecture at an International Symposium on Slope Management in Kuala Lumpur.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about Controversial Theory on Cause of Landslides
First Scientist to Visit Sichuan Province
Dr Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards at IHRR was the first UK scientist to visit Sichuan Province to analyse the earthquake zone soon after the May earthquake hit. He worked alongside colleagues from the Chengdu University of Technology, the Seismological Bureau of Sichuan Province and Shell UK. Densmore presented the team's findings at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco in mid-December.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about First Scientist to Visit Sichuan Province
Peter Atkins has been awarded an Exploratory Grant of £2,000 under the British Council’s INSPIRE programme which encourages international strategic partnerships in research and education.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about INSPIRE
Karen Johnson from Engineering and Clare Bambra from Geography have been awarded an EPSRC grant entitled 'ROBUST - Regeneration of brownfield using sustainable technolgoies'.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about ROBUST
IHRR is leading for the University on an outline bid to Leverhulme for Tipping Points with involvement from a number of other departments. Two case examples have been identified which are the Greenland Ice Sheet and Financial Crisis. It is exciting because tipping points undermine much of the fundamental basis of risk management.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about Tipping Points