Hazard and Risk
Our world is filled with hazards and risks that have devastating effects on people, landscapes and economies.
Such threats range from earthquakes to flooding, volcanoes to climate change, socio-political conflict to cyber security.
We are at the forefront of research to help understand, predict, prevent and build resilience to these hazards and risks. In this way our research helps understand global threats, inform responses and improve lives.
Research at Durham ranges from landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, ice-sheet melting and water scarcity, to cyber security, financial risk and how we respond to an uncertain future.
We work with a range of national and international partnerships to ensure that our research has practical applications and helps deliver benefits that improve lives and our environment.
Our objective is simple – to use our unique expertise to make a positive difference in the world.
Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Women in Nepal are having a say in how to reduce the risk of disasters like fires and landslides. The National Society of Earthquake Technology, who are experts in Nepal, with the support of researchers in our Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, educated and trained more than 60 women in urban and rural areas of the Kathmandu Valley. This helped them to choose and manage projects in their local communities to reduce the risk of disasters.