GDRC currently enjoys a large number of international, strategically important partnerships with over fifty international universities and institutions. These partnerships are with organisations that share our mission to play a leading role in shaping the built and human environment, and its links to disaster mitigation and reconstruction. They also demonstrate the global reach of the Centre, spanning institutions in Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, and Australia.

We have field specific partnerships with world‐leading institutions to develop and extend our research quality, recognising that these should be based on mutual benefit:

  • Target partnerships with key international institutions to address under-utilised opportunities, ensuring coordination with our wider internationalisation strategy 
  • Use European partnerships to increase presence and influence in EU programmes
  • Use strategic business partnerships to drive high quality high impact research
  • Work with key international research focused institutions where regional interests or issues of proximity drive the agenda

Some of our collaborating institutions include:

UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlement Programme
UNISDR, Geneva

Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok
Tribhuvan University, Nepal
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Social Policy and Analysis Research Centre, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
UTM, Malaysia
University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan
Nangarhar Islamic University Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Local Councils Association of the Punjab, Pakistan
Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Sri Lanka

Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS), UK
64 ANDROID partner institutions

UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia
University of Auckland, New Zealand

North America
Purdue University, USA
University of Calgary, Canada
York University, Canada
University of British Columbia, Canada

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa

South America
University of Parana, Brazil
University of Palermo, Argentina
Jensen Science Center, Guatemala


Members of GDRC promote their research through leadership and membership of related networks:


Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes

GADRI is a forum for sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters.

UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign

The UNISDR Making Cities Resilient campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk.


ANDROID aims to increase society’s resilience to disasters of human and natural origin.


The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction is a multi-university international consortium.

Federation of Local Government Authorities

GDRC has a formal partnership with the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities.