Global Disaster Resilience Centre

  • United Kingdom

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Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC)  at the University of Huddersfield, UK is a global leader in multi-disciplinary research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities. What would it be like to live in a world in which government authorities, businesses, communities and individuals work together to create a society that is able to withstand the effects of unforeseen events and threats? At the Global Centre for Disaster Resilience we are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen. The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is committed to excellence in research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. With growing population and infrastructures, the world’s exposure to hazards is increasing. When disaster strikes, communities may need to be rebuilt physically economically and socially. At the same time, it is vital that any reconstruction activity pro-actively considers how to protect people and their environment, and reduce a community’s vulnerability. Its work also  includes the support of stakeholders towards implementation of The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted by 187 countries across the world. Our work:Tackles disaster risk factors and scenarios, including emerging disaster risks; Addresses regional, national and local application; Supports action by local communities and authorities; and Supports the interface between policy and science for decision-making.

GDRC is  also working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen. At the GDRC, our vision is for a society that has the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and to continue functioning physically, economically and socially when subjected to a hazard event. We seek to achieve our vision by undertaking work that crosses the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and schools of thought. We provide strategic advice and practical guidance based on rigorous, stakeholder informed research. We are also supported by a worldwide network of partners from policy, government, industry and academia. We define a resilient built environment as the: “design, development and management of context sensitive buildings, spaces and places, which have the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and enable society to continue functioning, economically and socially, when subjected to a hazard event”. In order to achieve this aim, our objectives are to:

  • Carry out internationally outstanding, original, significant, rigorous, innovative and potentially agenda setting research
  • Secure significant, high profile and prestigious grants 
  • Produce quality publications that target a range of stakeholders
  • Influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions
  • Inform professional practice, raise awareness and develop skills to tackle disasters
  • Establish mechanisms for the transference of knowledge to the market, government and professionals
  • Attract high calibre students to conduct world class research in key emerging areas

GDRC is a key partner of the UNISDR Making cities resilient campaign and is also a member of the UNHABITAT University network initiative. It is working with UNISDR  to raise awareness and commitment for sustainable development practices that will reduce disaster risk and increase the wellbeing and safety of citizens. Members of GDRC have published collectively more than 250 journal papers in the field and generated more than £5million in research income. GDRC has led a large number of research capacity building programmes at a large number of international HEIs focusing on:  establishing, improving and sustaining research capability and capacity; developing comprehensive and robust plans and sets of activities to support Early Career Researchers and improve mentoring of staff, and supervisory capabilities; supporting the development of research skills; and, promoting international agenda including research collaborations.

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    Research Output

    A micro scale study of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in coastal urban strategic planning for the Jakarta

    Rahayu, H. P., Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D., Kombaitan, B., Khoirunnisa, D. & Pradana, V., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 11, 1, p. 119-133 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • An Evaluation of Disaster Preparedness Strategy in Sri Lankan Governance Structure

    Hemachandra, K., Amaratunga, D. & Haigh, R., 13 Jan 2020, Book of Abstracts 9th International Conference on Building Resilience ICBR 09 & 4th ITB Centennial International Conference IC04 P100: Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Building Resilient Cities. Rahayu, H. P., Putra, B. D., Khoirunnisa, D., Mangkoesoebroto, G. G., Rafdi, M. A. & Rohman, D. S. (eds.). Bandung, Indonesia: Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), p. 63 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Enablers for Effective Multi-hazard Early Warning System: A Literature Review

    Hemachandra, K., Haigh, R. & Amaratunga, D., 19 Sep 2020, ICSECM 2019: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management. Dissanayake, R., Mendis, P., Weerasekera, K., De Silva, S. & Fernando, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2021, Vol. 94. p. 399-416 18 p. (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering; vol. 94).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Projects


    Common understanding on multi-hazard early warning systems

    Dilanthi Amaratunga (Speaker) & Dias Hemachandra (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    25 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Nexus between Higher Education Institutions and Coastal Resilience in Asia

    Dias Hemachandra (Speaker)

    14 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    An evaluation of disaster preparedness strategy in Sri Lankan governance structure

    Dias Hemachandra (Speaker)

    14 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Global project to empower coastal communities

    Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Training for global agreements, Ceylon Today

    Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research