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University of Salford, Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR)

Organization Profile


University of Salford is founded in the great industrial revolution which originated in the North of England and transformed the world during the Nineteenth Century. Today, the University has established a successful global presence with a 2006/7 turnover of some £156m, four faculties, 12 schools, nearly 21,000 students, and 2,500 staff.

Salford University was ranked 6*, the highest grade in the UK’s competitive RAE in 2001 and 1996, the only built environment research institute in the UK to achieve this. In the 2008 RAE Salford's research in the fields of architecture and the built environment was rated as the best in the UK and finished top in Research Fortnight's 'Research Power' table for built environment. Its built environment research institute has over 110 research-active academic staff, and considerable experience of large research projects – between 1996 and 2009, it completed over £60M of funded research including major EU research projects and networks. Salford has one of three UK government funded research centres in the built environment and attracted contributions from more than 400 industrial partners worldwide. Salford hold several key positions of the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building & Construction), a worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB Commissions. Salford is one of the partners of the CEBE (Centre for Education in the Built Environment) in the UK which is one of 24 Subject Centres which comprise the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN), funded by the four UK higher education funding bodies.

Disaster Reduction Goal

The University’s Centre for Disaster Resilience (www.disaster-resilience.salford.ac.uk ) promotes research and scholarly activity that examines the role of the built environment industry to anticipate and respond to disasters that damage or destroy communities and their built, natural and human environment. This centre is the only centre in the UK promoting multidisciplinary nature of the management of disasters. The Centre undertakes cooperative research with a large number of international partners. It is also an academic partner of the UNISDR Resilient Cities campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the need for disaster risk reduction among local governments around the world.

Policies and Programmes in DRR

Members undertake research in the areas of: Resilience in the built environment; Disaster risk reduction; Social impact of reconstruction; Community engagement and participation in reconstruction; Conflict sensitive reconstruction; Protection and empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups; Livelihood development and community co-operatives. It is very experienced in organising various networking events in the field. an example is the International building education and research conference that was held in 2008 with the main theme as managing disasters (www.bear2008.org ) and the international conference that the Centre for Disaster Resilience is organising in July 2011 titled “International Conference on Building Resilience : Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities” (Conference chairs – Dr Richard Haigh and Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga) . It encourages debate on individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk. It will explore inter-disciplinary strategies that develop the capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to disaster related hazards, to adapt, by resisting or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure.

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (r.d.g.amaratunga@salford.ac.uk)
Dr Richard Haigh (r.p.haigh@salford.ac.uk)



General contact information

  • URL: http://www.disaster-resilience.salford.ac.uk
  • Address: Centre for Disaster Resilience,
    School of the Built Enviornment,
    Maxwell Building,
    The University of Salford,
    The Crescent
  • Postal Code: M5 4WT
  • City: Salford, Greater Manchester, UK
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Telephone: +441612954600
  • Fax: +44 1612955344
  • Email: r.d.g.amaratunga@salford.ac.uk

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