The University of Salford’s Centre for Disaster Resilience is working with communities around the world to increase their resilience to the threat posed by natural and human induced hazards.
The Centre for Disaster Resilience promotes research and scholarly activity that examines the role of building and construction to anticipate and respond to disasters that damage or destroy the built environment. The Centre is a focal point of excellence for promoting the understanding the University of Salford, UK, within its Built and Human Environment (BuHu) Research. The Centre undertakes a full range of research styles, from fundamental theory building to highly applied and widely disseminated. Holistic solutions to real world problems are facilitated by the flow, interaction and creation of knowledge across multi-disciplinary groups and networks.
Disaster Reduction GoalThe 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 UNDRR 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 Reduction Focal Point(s)
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (email@example.com)
Dr Richard Haigh (firstname.lastname@example.org)