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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

About Us


The aim of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) 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.

IHRR operates through a growing array of research projects and externally-funded fellowships. It is involved in policy engagement in risk and hazard debates across much of the globe, strategy development with industry and wider stakeholders as well as research consultancy. Our research aims to improve human responses to both age-old environmental hazards as well as the new and uncertain risks of climate change, surveillance, terror, banking and emerging technologies. It also focuses particularly on the nature of hazard, risk and vulnerability in the developing world.

The Institute is developing new ideas, fresh thinking and innovation across appropriate disciplines with regard to hazard and risk. By adopting an approach which directly engages policymakers, local communities and other appropriate stakeholders in the co-production of knowledge, the Institute will contribute to the development of innovative policy and to increasing social capacity for reducing vulnerability and harm.

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.