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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

IHRR/ DWD conference 2017

The Impact of Hazard, Risk and Disasters on Societies

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience (IHRR) based at Durham University, the IHRR came together with the 11th Dealing with Disasters (DwD) Conference, Disaster and Development Network (DDN) based in Northumbria University, to organise an international conference. The aim was to bring together practitioners, researchers, humanitarian agencies and hazard managers to present and discuss the latest understanding and challenges around managing hazards and surviving disasters. For this event, broad interpretations of hazard, risk and resilience were considered in keeping with demands for new strategic developments in this field globally, regionally and more locally.

Keynote speakers included:

Margareta Whalström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction 2008-2015
Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Relief, Pan American Health Organization
Prof. Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor Durham University
Prof. Eelco Dykstra, 11th Brunel International Lecturer 2016-2018, Institution of Civil Engineers

Amod Dixit, Executive Director, NSET


Natural hazards have significant impacts on human populations and societies. Impacts arise from complex interactions between natural environmental processes, combined with human social and cultural processes. Mitigating, managing and adapting to natural hazards relies on improving anticipation of disasters and their impacts to inform preparedness and response to such events, which is essential to support efforts to limit their impacts on mortality, human health, wellbeing and livelihoods. The Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals were both adopted in 2015 with the aim to better support those living with hazard and risk. Achievement of these goals depends on effective communication amongst academic researchers, hazard managers, civil defence teams, governmental and humanitarian agencies, and at-risk communities.

Final overview programme can be found here.

Final detailed programme can be found here.