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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Current Research Projects

Community-based Earthquake Disaster Risk Reduction in China (CEDRRiC)

January 2016 - January 2019

Earthquakes are a major threat to lives, livelihoods, and economic development in China. Of the 2-2.5 million deaths in earthquakes worldwide since 1900, at least 650,000 have occurred in China. Read more here.


Prof Harriet Bulkeley (Department of Geography) and Prof Louise Bracken (IHRR Executive Director) have been awarded 7.8 million Euro from Horizon 2020 to lead a multi-partner project funded to understand how innovations with nature-based solutions can unlock the potential for sustainable urban development. Read more here.

Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF)

Alex Densmore, Geography (2012 - 2016)

A multidisciplinary project studying the physical environment of the continental interiors and vulnerabilities of communities who live in these areas.

Read more about Earthquakes Without Frontiers.

Action on Natural Disasters (AND)

Action on Natural Disasters is a new Doctoral Training Initiative (DTI) that focuses on interdisciplinary research into the causes, consequences, and mitigation of natural disasters. Read more here.

Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions (HIVE)

Claire Horwell, Earth Sciences (2015 - 2018)

HIVE is a research consortium that aims to build a new, and urgently required, evidence base on the effectiveness and suitability of different forms of respiratory protection for general population use during volcanic crises.

HIVE website

Multi-dimensional perspectives on flood risk – working together with those at risk to re-imagine flood risk communications

October 2014 – April 2018

A multi-disciplinary project using a novel participatory framework to work with people at risk from flooding in re-imagining flood risk communications to help build preparedness and resilience. Read more here.

Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA)

Nick Rosser, Geography (2002 - 2018)

Exploring the relationship between cliff rock falls and marine and weather conditions using advanced monitoring and modelling techniques to study patterns in cliff failures.

COBRA website


Sim Reaney, Geography (2009 - 2018)

A national demonstration test catchment for monitoring the River Eden to reduce risks of diffuse pollution from agriculture.

EdenDTC website

Durham Climate Change Network

A network of researchers throughout Durham University working on multiple facets of climate change research.

Durham Climate Change Network website