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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Graduate Study

Central to what we do is knowledge exchange - enabling knowledge to flow both from the Institute, as a beacon of expertise in hazard and risk research, and back into the institute via expert knowledge held by those who live and work with hazard and risk on a day-to-day basis. To promote knowledge exchange we offer a range of opportunities that help train risk professionals for the future, who in turn make a difference in managing hazard, risk and resilience. We deliver training in two main ways: doctoral research and through the Risk Masters.

Doctoral Research

We fund and work with a group of world-leading researchers whom focus upon doctoral research. We offer space, both physical and intellectual, for doctoral students working in the University on Hazard and Risk to benefit from interdisciplinary engagement from IHRR colleagues, staff and visitors. Resources include: Risk Masters modules; public lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences; special student-led research initiatives; and the opportunity for day-to-day exchange provided through facilities like the Gordon Manley Room, the Institute’s magnificent social space.

We tend to fund at least one PhD studentship per year, but also link to many more research students based in a range of departments. Studentship competitions are advertised widely on an annual basis. If you are interested in working with IHRR please email: We will update you on potential funding from IHRR but also help facilitate relationships with appropriate departments where, if applicants are successful, they will be registered.

Current PhD Students

  • Liaqat Hussain. Ensuring resilience through rebuilding post-earthquake; the case of Pakistan. Funded by Chistopher Moyes Memorial Fund
  • Erwin Nugraha. Risk governance and governmentality in experimental urban adaptation from Indonesian cities. Funded by Chistopher Moyes Memorial Fund
  • Nahid Rezwana. Gendered impacts of disasters on healthcare access and gaps in prevailing disaster management plans. Funded by Chistopher Moyes Memorial Fund
  • Ed Rollanson. Exploring local and institutional conceptualisations of flood risk using interactive mapping. NERC IAPETUS funding
  • Hanna Ruszczyk. Community resilience in practice. Donor Funded
  • Pammi Sinha. Interbasin Water-Transfer Linkages in India: The Case of Sankh-South Koel-Subarnarekha link. Durham University Doctoral Fellowship
  • Sophie Tindale. Catchment connections: New perspectives on the role of stakeholders in catchment-scale management of water resources. ESRC Funded

Masters Level Training

We work with the Geography Department to offer a cross-University, Masters level programme in Risk (MA and MSc). The primary aim of the Risk Masters programme is to equip students with a general understanding of risk; whilst simultaneously providing specific training in a range of elements of risk-related research. This is achieved through an interdisciplinary framework for understanding risk from a variety of perspectives.

Graduates from this programme are highly employable, and many past graduates are employed in a range of positions around the world in the rapidly expanding risk industry. Graduates have been successful at gaining jobs in: risk-related consultancy and private sector; catastrophe modelling within the insurance industry; government policy and the public service; and some have secured funding to pursue higher research degrees.

Please visit the Masters Programmes in Risk site for more details.