GDRC members have secured a number of significant, high profile grants and plans are in place to actively respond to current and emerging opportunities, thereby continuing research to  improve the knowledge gap between the short term recovery and long term re-construction efforts associated with major disasters; raise awareness and develop skills; set up mechanisms for the transference of knowledge to the market, government and professionals; develop tools specific to each type of disasters; map gender relations and time use; assess access to and control of resources, and the different coping strategies, vulnerabilities and capabilities of men and women; and enhance the role of women as owners, users and creators of the built environment, including situations associated with pre-disaster and post-disaster.

Further, together with colleagues, funding will be sought from schemes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + scheme. These proposals would generate an excellent focus for: identifying, capturing and disseminating skills and good practices; sharing accumulated knowledge from global experiences; developing common tools and mechanisms; and, promoting post-disaster recovery as a research area. As part of this bidding activity, GDRC is keen to give opportunities to junior researchers. Funding that will be obtained will help them to further expand the critical mass, as well as to expand our work in new directions and develop new international collaborations.

GDRC is leading and contributing to several major research projects, including:

Upstream-downstream interface

A study of upstream-downstream interface in end-to-end tsunami early warning and mitigation systems

Coastal Urban Agglomeration Policy

Mainstreaming integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies into coastal urban agglomeration policy


Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience Education

Localising Strategies

Localising Strategies for Making Cities Resilient to Disasters


Community Resilience Engaging Society, Culture, and Environment against Disaster Outcomes


Advancing Skill Creation to Enhance Transformation

Ensuring Accountability

Ensuring Accountability in Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction


Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education

Coastal Communities

Development of disaster resilient coastal communities to enhance economic development and social welfare

Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka

Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ten Years On

Tsunami Exercises in Indian Ocean Countries

Enhancing Tsunami Risk Assessment and Management, Strengthening Policy Support and Developing Guidelines


Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education


Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise educational Development

Critical Road Infrastructure

Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood ways


Collaborative reformation of curricula on resilience management with intelligent systems in open source and augmented reality


Reformation of the Curricula on Built Environment in the Eastern Neighbouring Area