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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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Air pollution and the ethics of recommending facemasks

(27 November 2019)

Professor Claire Horwell has been working as part of an international team who have been researching levels of air pollution. Record levels of air pollution have been measured in some parts of the world posing a danger to human health.

Claire and the team have now produced a new framework to support ethical decision-making on whether to recommend or provide facemasks to the public to help reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.

 Further information can be found here.