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University of Huddersfield

Global Disaster Resilience Centre

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 Disaster Resilience Centre 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.

The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is part of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In November 2013, the University of Huddersfield was awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year. The University excels in enterprise and innovation and in 2012, was named the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

Excel in research within an interdisciplinary environment
Lead international research that has a global reach and impact
Edit the International Journal of Disaster Resilience n the Built Environment Journal (SCOPIS indexed)
Constantly publish our research - internationally outstanding, displaying a very high level of originality, significance and rigour, innovative and potentially agenda setting
Are a key partner of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign and are members of its steering committee
Act as Advocates of UNISDR
Are a UNHABITAT University
Provide leadership to our international conferences on building resilience
Lead ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network
Provide leadership for capacity building activities globally
Have a friendly and supporting research environment
Make a difference with research in the real world
Have a thriving postgraduate researcher community

United Kingdom
Project team: 
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (Principal Investigator)
Professor Richard Haigh
Dr Kanchana Ginige
HUD leads Work Packages (WP) 1 & 5, utilising their extensive project management experience in managing large and complex international projects. HUD will also provide input to all other WPs. The HUD team has expensive experience in working in the South Asian Region having well established links with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. It currently leads international projects with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for example.

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