Research Themes and Interventions

At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), we promote different categories of research:

  • Applied research (is original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view)
  • Basic research (directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena)
  • Blue sky research (scientific research in domains where "real-world" applications are not immediately apparent)
  • Practice research (a form of academic research which incorporates an element of practice in the methodology or research output)
  • Experimental Development (Systematic work, using existing knowledge gained from research or practical experience for the purpose of creating new or improved products/processes)

The Centre’s expertise includes (but is not limited to):

  • Disaster resilience from the perspective of the social/political, economic and physical sciences, and across national boundaries
  • Critical social, economic, and physical factors that enable a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure
  • Action-orientated metrics and underpinning data standards associated with resilience to natural hazards
  • New mechanisms to input planning and designing solutions that help create a resilient community
  • Understanding disaster risk
  • Development of innovative national and local policies and practices for disaster risk management
  • Strengthening governance to manage disaster risk
  • Preparedness for response, recovery and reconstruction – “Build Back Better”
  • Early warning and preparedness systems
  • Contingency planning and resource management
  • Private sector engagement in the development of disaster resilience
  • Business cases for investment in disaster resilience
  • Public private partnerships in disaster risk reduction
  • Capacity building for disaster mitigation and reconstruction
  • Project management for disaster mitigation and reconstruction
  • Risk management and sustainability
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Stakeholder management and corporate social responsibility
  • Community engagement and participation in reconstruction
  • Social impact of reconstruction
  • Empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups
  • Role of women in mitigating and managing disasters
  • Knowledge management and integration
  • Disaster waste management
  • Public policy, governance and procurement
  • Improved disaster resilience through social media interaction
  • Community maturity for improved disaster resilience

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