Vision, aims and objectives
At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), our vision is for a society that has the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and to continue functioning when subjected to a hazard event.
We seek to achieve our vision by undertaking work that crosses the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and schools of thought. We provide strategic advice and practical guidance based on rigorous, stakeholder informed research. We are also supported by a worldwide network of partners from policy, government, industry and academia.
We define a resilient built environment as the: “design, development and management of context sensitive buildings, spaces and places, which have the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and enable society to continue functioning, economically and socially, when subjected to a hazard event”.
In order to achieve this aim, our objectives are to:
- Carry out internationally outstanding, original, significant, rigorous, innovative and potentially agenda setting research
- Secure significant, high profile and prestigious grants
- Produce quality publications that target a range of stakeholders
- Influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions
- Inform professional practice, raise awareness and develop skills to tackle disasters
- Establish mechanisms for the transference of knowledge to the market, government and professionals
- Attract high calibre students to conduct world class research in key emerging areas