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Professor Richard Haigh joined the University of Huddersfield in 2014 as Co-Director of the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the School of Art, Design and Architecture. This multi-disciplinary Centre is committed to excellence in research and collaboration to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

Richard was previously a Professor at the University of Salford, where he studied and worked for 20 years. He undertook a degree in Construction Management before commencing his doctoral studies in 1998, which focused on the development of a process capacity maturity model for the construction industry. Richard worked as a research assistant and fellow in several major EPSRC and NHS funded projects prior to joining the University as a lecturer in 2003. Richard went on to contribute to a wide range of teaching and research activities at Salford’s School of the Built Environment, while also serving in several School management roles, including as Director of Research Training and Co-Director of Postgraduate Research for the School’s 200+ PhD students. Richard became a Professor in 2012 and prior to joining Huddersfield in 2014, was Acting Associate Head of Research & Innovation at Salford’s School of the Built Environment, No.1 in Research Power at the last RAE for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Research Expertise and Interests

His research interests are in field of disaster resilience in the built environment, with a focus on disaster risk governance and accountability, multi-hazard early warning and the last mile, convergence of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption, and post-conflict reconstruction. 


  • Disaster Management
  • Natural Disasters
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Planning
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • International Agencies
  • Disaster Studies

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2000 2018

A capacity analysis framework for multi-hazard early warning in coastal communities

Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D. & Hemachandra, D. 22 Feb 2018 In : Procedia Engineering. 212, p. 1139-1146 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Alarm systems

A Conceptual framework to analyse consequences of post conflict reconstruction interventions

Sakalasuriya, M., Haigh, R. & Amaratunga, D. 22 Feb 2018 In : Procedia Engineering. 212, p. 894-901 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A model and system for an integrated analysis of the iterative life cycle of university-industry partnerships

Kaklauskas, A., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., Binkyte, A., Lepkova, N., Survila, A., Lill, I., Tantaee, S. & Banaitis, A. 22 Feb 2018 In : Procedia Engineering. 212, p. 270-277 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Life cycle
Decision theory
Open Access
International cooperation
Developing countries
Risk management
Open Access
Climate change

Activities 2004 2018

Procedia Engineering (Journal)

Amaratunga, D. (Editor), Haigh, R. (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work

Upstream-Downstream Interface in End-to-End Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation Systems

Amaratunga, D. (Chair), Haigh, R. (Chair)
25 May 2018

Activity: Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Localising Strategies for Making Cities Resilient to Disasters (Event)

Amaratunga, D. (Editor), Haigh, R. (Editor), Andres Winston C. Oreta (Editor), Jose Edgar Mutuc (Editor)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Editorial work

Advancing Skill Creation to Enhance Transformation Consortium

Amaratunga, D. (Chair), Haigh, R. (Chair)
27 Feb 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Challenge Workshop

Amaratunga, D. (Organiser), Haigh, R. (Organiser), Lynn Schueller (Participant), Michael Haas (Participant), Jamie Abad (Participant)
4 May 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...