A global leader in multi-disciplinary research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities.

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 (GDRC) we are working with stakeholders at the global, national and local level to make this happen. This work includes the support of stakeholders towards achieving the outcome and goal of The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and its coherence with The Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our work recognises that with growing population and more extensive and interconnected built environments, the world’s exposure to hazards is increasing. It is urgent and critical to anticipate, plan for and reduce disaster risk in order to more effectively protect people, communities and countries. When disaster does strike, communities may need to be rebuilt physically, economically and socially.

GDRC is based at the University of Huddersfield’s School of Applied Sciences. Our vision is for a society that has the capacity to resist or change in order to reduce hazard vulnerability, and to continue functioning physically, economically and socially when subjected to a hazard event.


  • Managed 30 research grants worth £10m since 2014 with 17 currently ongoing and new research projects
  • Collaborate with higher education, government, private sector and nongovernment partners in Europe, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Africa, North America and South America
  • Editors of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, published by Emerald, indexed and abstracted in SCOPUS
  • Winner of the 2019 Newton Prize for Indonesia, which recognises research and innovation projects which create an impact socially and economically
  • Founding Steering Committee Members and UK Advocates of the UNDRR  Making Cities Resilient campaign
  • Member of the UNDRR, European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG)
  • Founders of the International Conference on Building Resilience Series
  • Expert members - IOC UNESCO ICG/ IOTWMS ICG/IOTWMS WG-1 on Tsunami Risk, Community Awareness & Preparedness Winner of the International Research Project Award for the Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education Project in 2017
  • Steering Committee Member of the UK’s Frontiers Programme, which is the joint programme of the UK four national Academies: The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, and the Royal Society
  • Steering committee member of the UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR)
  • Input towards the DRR Research Agenda and the Horizon Europe Programme
  • Co-chair - Research Committee, Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), Young Planners’ Network
  • Invited member of the UNDRR GRAF (Global Risk Assessment Framework Working Group on Risk Communication)
  • Invited to be a member of the UNDRR Expert Review Group (ERG) for the Development of a new Global Disaster Risk Reduction Research Agenda towards 2030 and beyond

Our objectives

  • 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

Our work

  • Tackles disaster risk factors and scenarios, including emerging disaster risks
  • Addresses regional, national and local application
  • Supports action by local communities and authorities
  • Supports the interface between policy and science for decision-making

For further information about our team, its recent and current research, and recent outputs, activities and events, please see:

GDRC Annual Report 2021

GDRC on PURE University Repository



At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, we promote different categories of research



Members, Associate Members and Visiting Research Fellows


Awards and recognitions

Awards and recognition bestowed on members of the Centre



GDRC is leading and contributing to several major research projects



Outputs and publications from the Global Disaster Resilience Centre


External appointments

We lead and have representation on many of the field’s most distinguished and influential international networks and committees


Impact and engagement

We seek to ensure that our research achieves impact


Find out more about the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

International collaborations and network

GDRC currently enjoys a large number of partnerships with over fifty international universities and institutions

Research Degree Opportunities

At GDRC we play a leading role in setting the disaster resilience research agenda, nationally and internationally

Research Students

Discover what our students are researching within Architecture and the Built Environment

For further information on activities at Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC) including PhD opportunities with the Centre, please contact:

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga
Web. www.dilanthiamaratunga.net
E-mail. d.amaratunga@hud.ac.uk


Professor Richard Haigh
Web. http://www.richardhaigh.info
E-mail. r.haigh@hud.ac.uk