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Department of Geography

Earthquakes without frontiers - Consortium grant awarded

(23 April 2012)

Congratulations to Dr Alex Densmore, Professor Jonathan Rigg, Professor David Petley, Dr Katie Oven and also Professor Lena Dominelli (of the School of Applied Social Sciences) on the award of an NERC/ESRC consortium grant on resilience to earthquakes, one of only two awards made under the programme.

The project entitled 'Earthquakes without frontiers' aims to increase resilience to seismic hazards in the continents and is funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project brings together natural and social scientists from Durham, Hull, Leeds, Northumbria and Oxford universities and from the Overseas Development Institute, British Geological Survey, the National Centre of Earth Observation and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience as well as collaborators in China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran. The group compromises earth scientists with a long track record in integrated earthquake science, social scientists who have extensive experience in exploring the vulnerability and resilience of communities in disaster-prone regions, and experienced practitioners in the communication of scientific knowledge to policy makers.

Over the next five years, the group aims to increase knowledge of the distributions of seismic hazards, to identify how to increase resilience to the hazards in the local populations and establish a trans-disciplinary partnership for increasing resilience to earthquakes in specifically identified regions.