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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience


Internationally-recognised leaders in developing resilient, research-informed approaches to hazard and risk

We are a world-leading research institute in hazard, risk and resilience based at Durham University. We support innovative research and training for use in policy and practice, collaborating directly with communities, Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments.

Our commitment is to work with and learn from the widest possible range of stakeholders living with hazard and risk – empowering people, fostering resilience, and improving lives, both now and in the future. Our success stems from our capacity to approach complex problems holistically, drawing together a transdisciplinary team of experts from across the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.


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A New Method for Large-Scale Landslide Classification from Satellite Radar

IHRR PhD student Katy Burrows has co-authored a paper recently published in Remote Sensing Journal.

The article expands on the new automated method of using satellite radar imagery to identify triggered landslides following an earthquake. This new method is more accurate than existing radar methods and can generate information on landslides quicker than congenital methods that draws on optical imagery. You can read the article here

(14 Aug 2019)


Empowering Women in Disaster Risk Reduction

IHRR Assistant Professor (Research) Dr Hanna Ruszczyk has led a project that has given women in Nepal a voice in how to reduce risks within their neighbourhoods. The National Society of Earthquake Technology, with the support of Durham researchers, have educated and trained more than 60 women in urban and rural areas of the Kathmandu Valley.

Learn more about Hanna’s work here.

(14 Aug 2019)



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