We seek to ensure that our research achieves impact – the demonstrable contribution to society and the economy made by knowledge and skilled people. To deliver this, we engage and collaborate with the public, business, government and the third sector.


  • Nurture the highest quality research that advances knowledge and understanding across all sectors of the economy and society, as judged by international peer review;
  • Produce research outcomes that have a major, visible impact and showcasing them through the media and our website to benefit regional, national and international stakeholders, as well as society at large.
  • Exchange knowledge and ideas with business and professional partners, especially through effective use of communications, to make sure as much of our best research as possible is translated into powerful policies, services and products;
  • Conduct research that underpins high-quality teaching and learning, equipping our students with the intellectual and practical skills they need in an increasingly competitive employment market;
  • Carry out research that has a focus on social, economic, cultural, scholarly or scientific impact, the value of which is recognised by the external community through support from funders and users of research;

Global research requires that we sustain a diversity of funding approaches, fostering international collaborations, and providing access to the best facilities and infrastructure, and locating skilled researchers in stimulating environments.

We provide strategic advice and practical guidance based on rigorous research, informed by industry and community members. We lead the UNISDR working group on DRR Governance and Accountability as part of its Development of Sendai Framework "Words into Action" Implementation Guides initiative.

Some recent reports include:

  • Disaster Resilience Education and Research Roadmap for Europe 2030 - This roadmap represents an important output of the ANDROID disaster resilience network, bringing together existing literature in the field, as well as the results of various analysis and study projects undertaken by project partners.The roadmap sets out five key challenges and opportunities in moving from 2015 to 2030 and aimed at addressing the challenges of the recently announced Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, May 2015.
  • Regional position paper on Horizon 2020 societal challenges: South Asia - This paper is an output of the CASCADE project (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education) that aims to provide the foundation for a future International Cooperation Network programme targeting South Asian Countries and that will promote bi-regional coordination of Science & Technology cooperation.

ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network and its Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh were part of the organization of the Intergovernmental Segment, Ministerial Roundtable, held on the 16th March 2015, at Sendai International Centre as part of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Public engagement

If we involve and listen to the public, and encourage our researchers to do likewise, then our decisions and research should be more responsive to society. A dialogue between the research community and the public about the implications and applications of research will help to ensure that society can benefit more fully. Benefits from this knowledge can impact on the health, wealth and culture of a society.

We seek to:

  • Recognise and respond to public views
  • Embed public engagement alongside research and value it as an important activity
  • Enable society to value and have confidence in our research – both the processes we follow and outputs
  • Encourage our researchers to engage with the public