IHRR Small Grant Call 2018/19
At the beginning of each academic year the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) offers small grants to provide support for any individual, or group of researchers, within the University who have an interest in hazard, risk and/or resilience.
The aim of the small grants scheme is to support research activities linked to IHRR at Durham University. We are keen to support the following activities: pilot studies, growing research capacity, developing research networks, delivering impact and dissemination in the broad fields of hazard, risk and resilience with a preference for interdisciplinary work. The funds can be used to: pump-prime new research; organise workshops or meetings; develop marketing materials; or impact facing work.
The maximum normally awarded to any single proposal will be £2000 and partial funding of proposals is a possibility.
The closing date is 7th December 2018.
(21 Nov 2018) » More about IHRR Small Grant Call 2018/19
New informational products launched on community protection from breathing volcanic ash
Research led by the IHRR’s Dr Claire Horwell (who is also part of the University’s Department of Earth Sciences), has led to a series of informational products to help communities understand how they can best protect themselves from ash during volcanic eruptions.
Resilience in Cyber Security Paper
Congratulations to Professor Julian Williams, Co-Director, IHRR who has recently had a paper on the theory of resilience published in the European Journal of Operational Research.
(19 Oct 2018) » More about Cyber Security Paper
The 2nd edition of the 10th anniversary magazine is now available
Protecting against volcanic ash
(17 Sep 2018) » More about Protecting against volcanic ash
PhD Studentship - GCRF Centre for Doctoral Training
NEW: IHRR Newsletter July 2018
(31 Jul 2018) » More about NEW: IHRR Newsletter July 2018
IHRR small grant leads to paper on El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Health: An Overview for Climate and Health Researchers
VIDEO: Hanna Ruszczyk's experience of being a student in IHRR
Dr Claire Horwell has been awarded Durham University’s Impact & Engagement (Science Faculty) Award for her work on the Hawaii eruption.
A new short film, made by the HIVE Consortium, for IVHHN on how people cope with volcanic ash in Indonesia
Dr Claire Horwell works with collaborators worldwide to help disseminate expert information about the Kilauea Eruption
Frontiers of Space Risk: Natural Cosmic Hazards & Societal Challenges
The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work
(15 May 2018) » More about The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work
Call for applications - Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship
IHRR has published their first book
Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk
The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal 2015
Edited by Louise Bracken, Hanna A. Ruszczyk and Tom Robinson
(27 Apr 2018) » More about IHRR has published their first book
Nepal Floods Mapping: April 2018 Update
(26 Apr 2018) » More about Nepal Floods Mapping: April 2018 Update
Landslide computer modelling helps earthquake first responders
A continuum of perceived urban risk – from the Gorkha earthquake to economic insecurity - Hanna Ruszczyk
Narratives of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
(6 Mar 2018) » More about Narratives of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
IHRR Seminar Series - Video recordings
(23 Jan 2018) » More about IHRR Seminar Series - Video recordings
Lena Dominelli, Chair of the IASSW Committee on Disaster Interventions, Sustainability and Climate Change organised a side-event at the UNFCCC COP 23 meeting (6-17 November 2017)
(22 Jan 2018) » More about Lena Dominelli, Chair of the IASSW Committee on Disaster Interventions, Sustainability and Climate Change organised a side-event at the UNFCCC COP 23 meeting (6-17 November 2017)
The IHRR/ DWD conference presentations are now available online
Risk Masters Scholarship: IHRR, Geography Department and Collingwood College
Dr Claire Horwell appointed President-elect of new AGU GeoHealth Section
Dr Nahid Rezwana has published her book 'Disasters, Gender and Access to Healthcare: Women in Coastal Bangladesh'
PhD Scholarship on Financial Instruments, Insurance, Risk Management and Natural Hazards
IHRR Moyes student Erwin Nugraha has been awarded an Allianz Climate Risk Research Award
British Red Cross, Nepal Red Cross and Durham University have organised The Urban Learning Forum 'Informing future urban resilience interventions in Nepal'
Sanam Aksha has successfully published research from his dissertation that he undertook whilst studying for the Risk Masters in Durham.
He is now at the College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech, USA researching his PhD.
Read his work here: Spatial and temporal analysis of natural hazard mortality in Nepal.
(21 Nov 2017)
Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience Small Grants Scheme 2017-18
Organizing for Urban Resilience … and, Possibly, for Transformation: TDCs in Bharatpur, Nepal
Registration for the IHRR / DWD conference 2017 is now open
Dr Karen Johnson demonstrating the link between soil health and flooding with help from Hotspur Primary School
Professor Julian Williams is attending the WEIS conference on information security at the Rady School in UCSD
Sumit Dugar, Risk Masters alumni, published a new article on flood forecasting in Nepal
Geog Marys’ UG, Risk Masters c.wood PG, David Saddington is shortlisted for a national award for his continuing profile as an environmental educator/activist
Hanna Ruszczyk won second prize in the Faculty of Science Photography Competition
Prof. Louise Bracken discusses Natural Flood Management with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Celebrating International Women’s Day
(14 Feb 2017) » More about Celebrating International Women’s Day
Professor Lena Dominelli receives an appreciation award for her contributions to international social work
INTERNAL - Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Co-Director posts x 2
Congratulations to Katy Burrows for winning best first-year talk at the COMET student meeting!
Inhalation of air pollution and volcanic ash, together, may cause a potentially-toxic response
NATURVATION: NATure-based URban innoVATION
(15 Dec 2016) » More about NATURVATION: NATure-based URban innoVATION
Farming land for water: does better catchment management hold the key to managing flood risk?
IHRR Small Grants Scheme 2016-17
(25 Oct 2016) » More about IHRR Small Grants Scheme 2016-17
Latest publication from Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman
(6 Oct 2016) » More about Latest publication from Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman
The IHRR leaflet 2016 is now available to view online
Community-based Earthquake Disaster Risk Reduction in China (CEDRRiC)
Living with Vog on an Active Volcano: New Resources
(19 Aug 2016) » More about Living with Vog on an Active Volcano: New Resources
Report from Lena Dominelli on her trip to China in July 2016
Freya Horsfield attended the EuroScience Open Forum on behalf of IHRR
'The road not taken' written by Professor Lena Dominelli
Interview: Professor Lena Dominelli with the UN Climate change studio
Professor Lena Dominelli contributes to a project in Yingxiu in China
Professor Louise Bracken is attending the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction event on Thursday 16th June
The IHRR Brochure is now available to view online
(18 May 2016) » More about The IHRR Brochure is now available to view online
Social Work in 40 objects - Professor Lena Dominelli has written on 'Stan and Beveridge'
Dr Louise Bracken attended the 'Managing the Water Cycle Effectively' event on 3rd May 2016
Footprint Modulation + Human Migration and the Environment
One year on - helping Nepal to recover from devastating earthquakes
Social Work Responses to Earthquakes: Risk Mitigation, Relief and Recovery, and Resilient Reconstruction
Dr Claire Horwell - Hawaii Project
(21 Apr 2016) » More about Dr Claire Horwell - Hawaii Project
The final Tipping Points Report is now available online
IRLG sponsored event: Research and learning on urban resilience
Professor Lena Dominelli has won the PROSE award for Excellence in Reference Works and for Multivolume Reference - Humanities & Social Sciences!
Relationship between IHRR and Liberty Syndicates noted in reinsurance industry article
Risk Masters Scholarship: IHRR and Collingwood College
Project to stop pollution of Twizell Burn in South Stanley woods (From The Northern Echo)
First prize for reference work involving Lena Dominelli, Co-Director of IHRR
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship - advertising will start soon for 2016/17
IHRR visitor: Safiah Yusmah Muhammad Yusoff
(5 Feb 2016) » More about IHRR visitor: Safiah Yusmah Muhammad Yusoff
Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions (HIVE) Project
Interview with Nick Odoni re the successful flood defences in Pickering
The team engaged in the BIOPICCC research project, funded by EPSRC, and associated with IHRR, have published a review paper as part of a ‘report card’ published by the UKRC living with Environmental Change programme
(11 Jan 2016) » More about The team engaged in the BIOPICCC research project, funded by EPSRC, and associated with IHRR, have published a review paper as part of a ‘report card’ published by the UKRC living with Environmental Change programme
North East needs 'millions' more trees to protect against flooding, says Durham scientist
Nick Odoni, of Durham University, said the landscape of Britain will need to change to adapt to increasingly extreme weather.
Climate change and migration: expanding the debate on a multidimensional relation
The EPSRC funded project on Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change
Lena Dominelli organised a side-event at the Paris Climate Change Conference
For all information about this event please see the programme attached.
(2 Dec 2015)
Andrew Baldwin attended the COP21 Side-Event in Paris
(25 Nov 2015)
Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice
(24 Nov 2015)
Liaqat Hussain receives an award from the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir for his work post the 2005 earthquake
(17 Nov 2015)
Short film about the work of Artist Edgar Ameti for Tipping Points
IHRR Small Grants Call 2015-16
IHRR is offering small grants in the areas of hazard, risk and resilience at Durham University. The aim of the small grants scheme is to promote activities at Durham University that develop research activity, research capacity, impact and/or dissemination in the broad fields of hazard, risk and resilience.
Applications should be made using the attached application form. Please complete all the relevant fields including names, titles, departments/schools and status of applicants, and email addresses for correspondence (identify lead applicant). Applications should be emailed to email@example.com by 5pm on Monday 26th October 2015.
(15 Oct 2015)
Professor Dominelli was among the contributors to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and represented social work educators and researchers globally through the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Professor Lena Dominelli, Co-Director of IHRR contributed to the latest framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This is included in the latest release of the official Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030. The publication can be found online at:
(14 Jul 2015)
NEPAL - After the Cameras Have Gone
The following article regarding the two recent devasting earthquakes in Nepal was written by Dr Bala Raju Nikku, Social Work Section, Univerisiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with inputs from Pradipta Kadambari, CEO, NSSW faculty and students. Edited by Professor Lena Dominelli, Co-Director IHRR.
(23 Jun 2015)
CMMF Scholar will Attend the Resilience Academy in Bangladesh in September 2015
Erwin Nugraha will join with other 26 international professional, academic scholars and researchers in Bangladesh for the Third session of the Resilience Academy.
EwF Updates on the Nepal Earthquake
Please visit the Earthquakes without Frontiers blog for regular updates on the Nepal Earthquake.
(21 May 2015) » More about EwF Updates on the Nepal Earthquake
Nepal Earthquake Report
(18 May 2015)
Earthquake Crisis Hitting Nepal
IHRR is very concerned at the news of the earthquake in Nepal and the associated loss of life, injuries and losses sustained. Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Nepal and with all the communities and families impacted by this disaster.
(27 Apr 2015) » More about Earthquake Crisis Hitting Nepal
Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF) Writeshop and Social Sciences Project in Chung Hou, China, 15-19 April 2015
Lena Dominelli attended the Writeshop for the Earthquake without Frontiers (EwF) Project that was funded by two Research Councils in the UK (NERC and ESRC). EwF does research on continental earthquakes in the Alpine-Himalyan subduction belt that stretches from Italy to China and includes India and Nepal. Nepal had a M7.9 earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley on 25 April 2015, causing deaths and extensive property damage in Nepal and some in India, Tibet, and China.
Social Workers Participate in Earthquake Research and in Disaster Risk Reduction Training in Kathmandu Nepal
Lena Dominelli, Alex Densmore, David Milledge, Katie Oven and Hannah Ruszczyk from Durham participated in an Earthquake Without Frontiers (EwF) meeting and workshop on disaster risk reduction organised by Katie from the EwF Project and members from NSET (Nepal National Society for Earthquake Technology) a local organisation at their earthquake resilient headquarters.
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship - Call for Applications
Applications are invited for the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme of research in Geography at Durham University, UK. The Scholarship is to support research of high academic quality that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies, particularly in the global south.
Green Social Work Gains Support in Taiwan
(31 Mar 2015) » More about Green Social Work Gains Support in Taiwan
Inclusion: A key issue at the UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction) Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai, Japan 13-18 March 2015
(31 Mar 2015) » More about Inclusion: A key issue at the UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction) Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai, Japan 13-18 March 2015
Colloquium on Tipping Points and Risk for Human Societies
New Kīlauea volcanic health hazard study
(19 Feb 2015) » More about New Kīlauea volcanic health hazard study
Policy Brief - Smart financial regulation
Research from the Tipping Points project highlights the importance of responding to early signs of a financial crisis.
(15 Jan 2015) » More about Policy Brief - Smart financial regulation
How to regenerate brownfield land sustainably
A comic book by the ROBUST project introduces ways to regenerate brownfield land.
(12 Jan 2015) » More about How to regenerate brownfield land sustainably
Dr Nick Rosser on the mechanics of landslides
In this video Dr Nick Rosser introduces research in landslide mechanics at IHRR.
(16 Dec 2014) » More about Dr Nick Rosser on the mechanics of landslides
Utilising academic research in policy making
IHRR Executive Director Prof Sarah Curtis was an invited speaker at a meeting convened by the Westminster Higher Education Forum.
(2 Dec 2014) » More about Utilising academic research in policy making
Call for Papers - Human migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention
28 June-1 July 2015, Durham University. Deadline: 12 December 2014
Anatomy of an earthquake
New video on earthquakes produced in collaboration with Earthquakes without Frontiers.
(10 Oct 2014) » More about Anatomy of an earthquake
IHRR Small Grants Scheme
Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014
(7 Oct 2014) » More about IHRR Small Grants Scheme
Report: Sustainable management of flooding on the Kosi River
New research brief on managing flooding on the Kosi River in India and Nepal.
Tipping Points Art Exhibition
Artist Edgar Ameti has a new exhibition on Tipping Points at Conway Hall in London.
(10 Sep 2014) » More about Tipping Points Art Exhibition
IHRR Executive Director elected as Fellow of the British Academy
Professor Sarah Curtis has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Postgraduate scholarship for a 3-year PhD to research how to build resilience to hazards and risks in the developing world. Deadline: August 11th 2014.
(21 Jul 2014) » More about Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Partnership with Insurance Institute of Newcastle
IHRR is working with the Insurance Institute of Newcastle to share knowledge on flood risk modelling and business continuity management.
(21 Jul 2014) » More about Partnership with Insurance Institute of Newcastle
Hazard Risk Resilience magazine issue 3 out now
Special issue: 'Living With Risk'
(27 Jun 2014) » More about Hazard Risk Resilience magazine issue 3 out now
New design for IHRR's blog
Check out our new blog hosted by Durham University.
(25 Jun 2014) » More about New design for IHRR's blog
Migrants on the margins
IHRR Co-Director Dr Andrew Baldwin is a researcher on a new project on migration, environmental change and urban governance.
(17 Jun 2014) » More about Migrants on the margins
A new approach to governing GM crops? Global lessons from the rising powers
The final report from the GMFuturos project on perceptions of GM in the developing world.
Risk Masters Scholarships
New scholarships offered for the MSc/MA Programmes in Risk.
(2 May 2014) » More about Risk Masters Scholarships
Hospital design makes a difference to well-being
Design of psychiatric inpatient facility affects perception of carers’ well-being.
(22 Apr 2014) » More about Hospital design makes a difference to well-being
Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14
Announcing the fourth annual report from the Tipping Points project.
(16 Apr 2014) » More about Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14
PhD Studentships Available
Four new fully-funded PhD studentships at Durham University on monitoring and modelling coastal processes.
(28 Mar 2014) » More about PhD Studentships Available
Public need to be consulted in GM debate
Researchers from GMFuturos find that quality public engagement with GM is key to better regulation.
(19 Mar 2014) » More about Public need to be consulted in GM debate
Living near large areas of brownfield land can damage health
New research from the ROBUST project examines link between brownfield land and health in England.
Flood management needs long-term planning to succeed
"Flood management needs long-term planning and cross-party political support to succeed", says Dr Nicholas Odoni.
(12 Feb 2014) » More about Flood management needs long-term planning to succeed
Ensuring health services for older people during extreme weather
A new report on maintaining resilience for older people's care is now available.
IHRR Newsletter Winter 2013
The latest edition of IHRR's newsletter is now available online.
(9 Dec 2013) » More about IHRR Newsletter Winter 2013
New PhD Fellowship to Investigate Community Resilience to Natural Hazards
Durham postgraduate researcher Hanna Ruszczyk has been awarded a PhD fellowship for her research on community resilience and earthquakes.
Hazard Risk Resilience Special Issue 'Living with Risk': Call for Submissions
We are pleased to announce that the next issue of Hazard Risk Resilience will be a special issue on ‘Living With Risk’.
IHRR researchers appeal for aid to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
Prof Sarah Curtis and Prof Lena Dominelli call for immediate global support to help survivors of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines.
UK-Brazil Responsible Innovation workshop March 2014
GMFuturos have been awarded funding by the British Council to hold a workshop on "Responsible Innovation and the Governance of Socially Controversial Technologies" in UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil on 19-21 MARCH 2014.
Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013
The latest annual report from the Tipping Points project is now available.
(18 Oct 2013) » More about Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013
The latest issue of IHRR's newsletter is now available.
(4 Oct 2013) » More about IHRR Newsletter
IHRR Small Grants Scheme 2013-14
IHRR is offering small grants in the areas of hazard, risk and resilience at Durham University.
(3 Oct 2013) » More about IHRR Small Grants Scheme 2013-14
Studentship Awarded to Support Research on Coastal Disasters in Bangladesh
A donation from the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation will allow the completion of PhD research on health care access for women during and after disasters in Bangladesh.
Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions
A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre.
(20 Aug 2013) » More about Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions
New Guides on Disaster Intervention, Humanitarian Aid and Ethics
Two new guides by Professor Lena Dominelli on disaster intervention are now available.
Tipping Points at the British Science Festival
IHRR is pleased to announce that the Tipping Points project will be participating in the British Science Festival in September.
(26 Jun 2013) » More about Tipping Points at the British Science Festival
Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Issue 2 Out Now
The second issue of IHRR's magazine is now available online.
(4 Jun 2013) » More about Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Issue 2 Out Now
IHRR Postgraduate Fellowship in Enhancement of Knowledge to Build Resilience to Hazards
Durham University is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Postgraduate Fellowship designed to support a PhD studentship for 3 years in IHRR.
‘Matariki Plus’ network colloquium on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Resilience
IHRR convened an important meeting of international researchers in disaster preparation and response.
Making older people's health and social care more resilient to climate change
The BIOPICCC project has launched an online toolkit for assisting local planning for older people's health and social care facilities vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
UK needs to prepare for variable climate and extreme weather
Prof Sarah Curtis was interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria and ITV Tyne Tees on how extreme weather events are becoming more common in the UK.
Fragile Futures - Call for Submissions
Tipping Points researcher Marc Botha is guest editor of a new special issue of The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies on fragility.
(12 Mar 2013) » More about Fragile Futures - Call for Submissions
Prof Lena Dominelli: ‘Social work can mobilise community action on climate’
IHRR Co-Director Prof Lena Dominelli at COP18 speaks on the role of social work in climate change mitigation and adaptation in this video.
Widespread badger cull will not prevent TB in cattle
A widespread badger cull will not solve the problem of tuberculosis in cattle, according to new research at Durham University.
(14 Feb 2013) » More about Widespread badger cull will not prevent TB in cattle
New PhD research on the impacts of disasters on women’s health care in Bangladesh
Durham PhD student Nahid Rezwana has been awarded a unique fellowship from the UNDP to study the effects of disasters on women’s access to health care in the coastal region of Bangladesh.
Resilience Photo Competition
IHRR is hosting a unique photo competition to explore the many 'faces' of resilience.
(18 Dec 2012) » More about Resilience Photo Competition
Changing language influences perception of climate science
Are words from climate science no longer as important in scientific, public and political forums as they once were? According to new research from the Tipping Points project, keywords from climate science are being used less overall and are currently on a downward trend.
Major new donation from the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation
In an important new development for Postgraduate support at Durham University, the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Trust has generously elected to support two PhD studentships over the next three years.
Landslide fatalities are greater than previously thought
A new database from the International Landslide Centre developed by Prof Dave Petley can help policymakers manage landslide hazards and risks that have been severely underestimated in the past.
Tipping Points Annual Report 2011-12
The new annual report from the Tipping Points project is now available.
(15 Aug 2012) » More about Tipping Points Annual Report 2011-12
Risk of premature death and poor health higher in areas of low employment
People living in areas of England with long-term low employment rates face a greater risk of premature death, according to new research led by Prof Sarah Curtis.
Modelling Social Problems and Health Conference
The Tipping Points project will hold a conference13th-14th September at Durham on modelling social problems and health issues in society.
(3 Aug 2012) » More about Modelling Social Problems and Health Conference
Blogging Tipping Points Conference 2012
Researchers from the the Tipping Points project are blogging about sessions from the annual conference.
(9 Jul 2012) » More about Blogging Tipping Points Conference 2012
Earthquakes without frontiers
A new 5-year multidisciplinary research project is working to build resilience to earthquakes in areas of the Alpine-Himalayan belt, where some of the most deadly earthquakes have occurred in the last 120 years.
(7 Jun 2012) » More about Earthquakes without frontiers
IHRR Welcomes New Executive Director Prof Sarah Curtis
The Institute is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director Prof Sarah Curtis, who will continue to oversee IHRR’s research and its mission in the world today.
Field trial begins for improving brownfield soil health
The ROBUST project has begun its first public field trial for testing a new technology for regenerating brownfield land.
Britain still ill-prepared for floods
Prof Lena Dominelli was quoted in The Independent about the lack of flood defences in parts of England that led to 1,000 people being evacuated from their homes.
(11 May 2012) » More about Britain still ill-prepared for floods
Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics
IHRR's exciting new book on multidisciplinary research in risk is now available.
Interactive Climate Science Experience at Durham University
IHRR's Tipping Points project was pleased to welcome St Anthony's Girls' School from Sunderland and All Saints VA Church of England School from Stockton for interactive lessons on the science of past climate change.
Report: Restoring Trust in order to Increase Market Resilience after the Global Financial Crisis
A new report from the Tipping Points project on the role of trust in financial markets is now available.
Further investigation needed for recent landslide in Papua New Guinea
Prof Dave Petley comments on role of quarry in Papua New Guinea landslide.
IHRR Small Grants Scheme
IHRR is providing funding of up to £1500 to prime research and other activities to promote work in hazard, risk and resilience at Durham University.
(7 Feb 2012) » More about IHRR Small Grants Scheme
New research on groundwater systems in India under past, present and future climates
A project led by Dr Alex Densmore received a grant of £716k from the NERC Changing Water Cycle programme.
Landslide fatalities give warning for the future
New research on the number of deaths caused by landslides may be key to understanding their global impact and managing them in order to save lives.
(17 Jan 2012) » More about Landslide fatalities give warning for the future
New risk-based mapping tool for targeting sources of river pollution
A powerful new scientific tool for managing diffuse river pollution is available as free software to NGOs, governments and communities throughout the world.
Tipping Points on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'
IHRR's Tipping Points project was featured on the BBC radio programme 'Thinking Allowed'.
International Fellowship Opportunities Available
The second round of the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) is now open for applications.
(28 Nov 2011) » More about International Fellowship Opportunities Available
Remembering the Aberfan Disaster
On its 45th anniversary, Dave Petley reviews the Aberfan Disaster and why lessons from the tragedy still need to be learned globally.
(21 Oct 2011) » More about Remembering the Aberfan Disaster
UK must prepare for extreme weather and ageing population
A recent study from the BIOPICCC project reveals how the UK must prepare infrastructure for older people's care for future extreme weather events due to climate change.
Follow IHRR on Twitter
Keep up to date on IHRR’s events, activities and research on Twitter. Follow @_IHRR
(29 Sep 2011) » More about Follow IHRR on Twitter
Species moving north in response to climate change
Dr Ralf Ohlemüller is a co-author of a new study published in Science on the movement of plants and animals due to climate change.
(23 Aug 2011) » More about Species moving north in response to climate change
New Book by Prof Sarah Curtis
Prof Sarah Curtis has published an exciting new book: Space, Place and Mental Health.
(17 Aug 2011) » More about New Book by Prof Sarah Curtis
Tipping Points Annual Report 2010-2011
The annual report for IHRR's Tipping Points project is now available online. It provides an overview of what the project has accomplished thus far and its aims for the future.
(5 Aug 2011)
New Research Fellowship Scheme
In 2011-12 Durham University is launching a new EU-sponsored Fellowship scheme.
(28 Jul 2011) » More about New Research Fellowship Scheme
Meeting on Health Risky Behaviour
The joint meeting held between IHRR and the Durham Health Forum about research on smoking behaviours and their implications for public health was a huge success.
(11 Jul 2011) » More about Meeting on Health Risky Behaviour
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Report
A new report published by IHRR is available, 'Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas'.
(15 Jun 2011) » More about Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Report
Landslides caused by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake led to loss of landscape
Fascinating research by Dr Robert Parker, Dr Alex Densmore, Dr Nick Rosser, Prof Dave Petley and others, reveals how landslides triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake resulted in a loss of landscape.
Targeted regeneration could be key to boosting coalfield communities
Dr Mylène Riva and Prof Sarah Curtis co-authored a study on the health inequalities experienced by coalfield communities.
Prof José Manuel Mendes visits IHRR
Prof José Manuel Mendes from the University of Coimbra, Portugal is currently visiting IHRR through an Erasmus (European Commission) scholarship.
(11 May 2011) » More about Prof José Manuel Mendes visits IHRR
Dr Paul Slovic arrives in Durham
World-renowned researcher in risk perception, Dr Paul Slovic, will arrive in Durham to give a seminar as well as IHRR's public lecture Monday 9 May.
(6 May 2011) » More about Dr Paul Slovic arrives in Durham
NERC-funded 'Global Volcano Model'
Dr Claire Horwell is a project partner in the 'Global Volcano Model' funded by NERC.
(29 Apr 2011) » More about NERC-funded 'Global Volcano Model'
Bursaries available for MA/MSc Programmes in Risk
The Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience is excited to announce two Moyes Foundation Bursaries for the MA/MSc Programmes in Risk, with a value up to £25,000 each. Deadline: 17th June 2011
(26 Apr 2011) » More about Bursaries available for MA/MSc Programmes in Risk
Report from Kosi River Workshop
A report from the workshop on mitigating flooding from the Kosi River in India is now available.
(21 Apr 2011) » More about Report from Kosi River Workshop
A new approach to flood hazard and resilience for the Kosi River, Bihar
Dr Alex Densmore is currently in India working with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur on developing a better understanding of the Kosi River flood disaster of 2008.
Resilience Matters Seminar Series
A new seminar series in IHRR organised by Prof Lena Dominelli explores the term 'resilience' and how it is used within different contexts.
(16 Mar 2011) » More about Resilience Matters Seminar Series
Alex Densmore featured in The Guardian
Dr Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards research in IHRR, was featured in an article in The Guardian about how aftershocks can occur after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
(14 Mar 2011) » More about Alex Densmore featured in The Guardian
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Workshop
IHRR welcomed colleagues from the National Society of Earthquake Technology (NSET-Nepal), the Nepal School of Social Work, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok who participated in a workshop on 'Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas'.
(1 Mar 2011) » More about Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Workshop
Dave Petley assists AU government in river bank collapse management
Prof Dave Petley met with Australia's Department of Water to share his knowledge on managing river bank collapse.
IHRR receives new director
IHRR is pleased to welcome its new director Prof Dave Petley. Dave has been involved with the Institute since its infancy and founded one of the Institute's flagship projects -- The International Landslide Centre.
(17 Jan 2011) » More about IHRR receives new director
IHRR awarded NERC/ESRC resilience research grant
The Institute has been awarded a grant from the NERC/ESRC program 'Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards.' The award for £29,616 involves Alex Densmore (PI), Lena Dominelli (Co-I), Jonathan Rigg (Co-I), David Petley (Co-I) and Katie Oven (PDRA).
(16 Nov 2010) » More about IHRR awarded NERC/ESRC resilience research grant
Report on health assessment of Icelandic ash released
A new study led by Claire Horwell has concluded that the ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull earlier this year does not have the potential to cause long-term respiratory health problems for Icelanders.
(30 Sep 2010) » More about Report on health assessment of Icelandic ash released
Transcending Risk: Building Resilient Communities
A new programme of research at IHRR, 'Transcending Risk', was launched recently. It's about how communities can overcome risks they experience on a day-to-day basis through resilience and how they cope with the uncertainty of risk.
(8 Sep 2010) » More about Transcending Risk: Building Resilient Communities
Alex Densmore featured on China Radio International
Dr Alex Densmore was interviewed for the programme 'People in the Know' on China Radio International about China's recent flood and debris flow hazards. A podcast of the programme is available on CRI's website.
(3 Sep 2010)
Rise of health scares has social basis
Attempts to communicate health pandemics accurately are thwarted by rapid growing interest in health scares that spread socially rather than through individuals feeling a genuine need to find out about the disease, according to new research.
(15 Jul 2010) » More about Rise of health scares has social basis
New report launched on public attitudes to synthetic biology
Dr Matthew Kearnes and Professor Phil Macnaghten were advisers for a new project on public attitudes towards synthetic biology entitled Synthetic Biology Dialogue. The project report highlights public concerns about risks associated with synthetic biology and encourages ways of engaging the public with regulating new technologies.
Yangtze River's ancient origins revealed
Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards Research at IHRR, and his research team discovered that the Yangtze River began to cut the Three Gorges area in China around 45 million years ago. Read the full press release here
(3 Jun 2010) » More about Yangtze River's ancient origins revealed
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience recently launched its new blog. It will help serve the Institute in communicating its research and impacts.
(4 May 2010)
Landslide expert highlights flood risks in Pakistan
Durham Geographer David Petley’s work on risks arising from a recent landslide in Pakistan has been featured in The Guardian newspaper and in The National in Abu Dhabi.
(12 Apr 2010) » More about Landslide expert highlights flood risks in Pakistan
Funding available for Masters by Research project
Funding is available for a Masters by Research project 'From high flows to low flows: Can flood risk measures simultaneously deliver a more secure water resource environment? This is a partly funded Masters by Research project at Durham University with the Eden Rivers Trust. For further details see http://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/graduateprogramme/fundingannouncements/
(22 Mar 2010)
PhD studentship at Durham University, in collaboration with GeoInfo Centre
This studentship will support a full time PhD student undertaking research to assess and enhance strategies for translating and communicating, to diverse non-academic audiences, the findings from research on risks to human populations.
MA/MSc Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010
We are delighted to announce that we are launching three new taught Masters Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010.
Podcasts now available
Podcasts of some IHRR seminars are now available. These audio transcripions give a flavour of the subject matter and teaching style that will be used on the new Masters programme shortly to be launched. Please refer to the Podcasts page /ihrr/resources/podcasts/ for further details.
(29 Jan 2010)
Postdoctoral research assistants required for Leverhulme Tipping Points project
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is appointing 5 postdoctoral research assistants to work on a 5 year Leverhulme Programme Grant: Tipping Points - mathematics, metaphors and meanings.
Research Writer and Dissemination Officer required
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience wishes to appoint a Research Writer and Dissemination Officer.
(19 Nov 2009) » More about Research Writer and Dissemination Officer required
Chancellor Bill Bryson launches new charity to help students from the Global South
The Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation launched on Tuesday 17th November to commemorate Christopher Moyes, a leading Durham businessman and former chairman of the council of Durham University who died in 2006.
How deep will nanotechnology's impact be?
The final report of the DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Engagement in Emerging Nanotechnologies) project will be launched on 28th September in Brussels.
(22 Sep 2009) » More about How deep will nanotechnology's impact be?
Research shows remarkable resilience displayed by Afghan children
Research carried out by Catherine Panter-Brick and Mark Eggerman in Anthropology with colleagues in Pakistan and Afghanistan has constituted the first large-scale survey of mental health among young people in Afghanistan. It was found that one in five schoolchildren in northern Afghanistan is likely to suffer from a psychiatric disorder, and that day-to-day violence and stress were as much the cause of the children’s suffering as the war-related brutalities they witnessed. However, remarkable resilience by the children was displayed.
IHRR awarded £1.75 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust
The Institute of Hazard and Risk Research has been awarded a grant to study Tipping Points in economic and environmental systems.
IHRR awarded a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow
IHRR, along with Durham's newly formed Energy Institute (DEI), bid to NERC's call to house a Knowledge Exchange Fellow. We proposed Professor Bob Holdsworth, a University champion in Knowledge Exchange. He was interviewed on the 20th May and subsequently awarded a three year Fellowship, allowing him to dedicate 50% of his time to growing links with industry for IHRR and the DEI.
(1 Jun 2009)
Durham Professor argues that science alone will not save us
Sarah Curtis, Professor in Health and Risk in the Geography Department at Durham University has been quoted in the Guardian on Tuesday 19th May for her argument that funding for the social sciences is just as important as that for science and engineering when it comes to dealing with the consequences of climate change.
Rob Parker (MSc by research supervised by Nick Rosser, Alex Densmore and Dave Petley) presented a talk entitled 'Investigating controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China' at the student conference of the UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPsoc). Rob and Georgie Bennett (MSc by research supervised by Dave Evans and Patrice Carbonneau) were jointly awarded the prize for the best presentation at this national level conference.
(20 Apr 2009)
Professor Sarah Curtis awarded a £713K grant from the EPSRC to investigate Built Infrastructure for Older People in Conditions of Climate Change
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded to Durham University and Heriot-Watt University grants totalling £713,942 for the BIOPICCC project, as part of a major research network funded by the Council on Adaption and Resilience to a Changing Climate.
Natural Hazards Workshop Web and Wiki
Why not contribute to our online discussion forum?
(3 Mar 2009) » More about Natural Hazards Workshop Web and Wiki
Masters Funding Announced
We are pleased to announce the availability of six £4,500 bursaries for our new Masters (by research) programmes in Hazard and Risk, for students starting in October 2009.
(16 Feb 2009) » More about Masters Funding Announced
Moyes Trust PhD Funding Announced
We are pleased to announce the 2009 competition for a Fellowship supported by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Trust.
(12 Feb 2009) » More about Moyes Trust PhD Funding Announced
New grant to support feasibility study into developing an underground laboratory
(11 Feb 2009) » More about Boulby Geoscience
Celebration of Benefactors
The IHRR new building is now finished and occupied and an event to officially launch the building and celebrate the contribution made by benefactors will be held on Wednesday February 11th.
(16 Jan 2009)
Controversial Theory on Cause of Landslides
Dave Petley received coverage in a Malaysian Sunday newspaper following his keynote lecture at an International Symposium on Slope Management in Kuala Lumpur.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about Controversial Theory on Cause of Landslides
First Scientist to Visit Sichuan Province
Dr Alex Densmore, Director of Hazards at IHRR was the first UK scientist to visit Sichuan Province to analyse the earthquake zone soon after the May earthquake hit. He worked alongside colleagues from the Chengdu University of Technology, the Seismological Bureau of Sichuan Province and Shell UK. Densmore presented the team's findings at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco in mid-December.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about First Scientist to Visit Sichuan Province
Peter Atkins has been awarded an Exploratory Grant of £2,000 under the British Council’s INSPIRE programme which encourages international strategic partnerships in research and education.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about INSPIRE
Karen Johnson from Engineering and Clare Bambra from Geography have been awarded an EPSRC grant entitled 'ROBUST - Regeneration of brownfield using sustainable technolgoies'.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about ROBUST
IHRR is leading for the University on an outline bid to Leverhulme for Tipping Points with involvement from a number of other departments. Two case examples have been identified which are the Greenland Ice Sheet and Financial Crisis. It is exciting because tipping points undermine much of the fundamental basis of risk management.
(16 Jan 2009) » More about Tipping Points
IHRR researchers appeal for aid to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
Prof Sarah Curtis and Prof Lena Dominelli call for immediate global support to help survivors of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines.