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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Philanthropic Donations


How we work with donors

IHRR was borne out of the desire of a few key Geography alumni from Durham University wishing to make a difference to people and communities living with hazard and risk around the world. A number of philanthropic donors were brought together and generously provided the financial foundation for IHRR on which Durham University then built. This enabled the IHRR building to be constructed and the Wilson Chair to be established.

Ways we work with donors

We work with donors in a range of ways. These include:

  • Funding scholarships for PhD students. For example, the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation has funded a series of PhD students through IHRR.
  • Funding scholarships for international students to undertake the Risk Masters.
  • IHRR was the focus of the Chancellor’s Appeal in 2016 which funded the Actions for Natural Disasters – a cohort of PhD studentships exploring the earthquake in Nepal from a range of perspectives.
  • Small funding allocated for specific projects. For example to cascade research around a specific topic in a certain location, or to establish an alumni network.
  • Funding to pump prime or grow specific areas of research. For instance, we have used some philanthropic funding to grow our research around Financial Technologies for Disasters.

Donors can remain anonymous if they so wish.

You can donate to the Institute here.