Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

A 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 we are working with stakeholders at the global, national, municipal and local level to make this happen.

The Global Disaster Resilience Centre is committed to excellence in research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. With growing population and infrastructures, the world’s exposure to hazards is increasing. When disaster strikes, communities may need to be rebuilt physically economically and socially. At the same time, it is vital that any reconstruction activity pro-actively considers how to protect people and their environment, and reduce a community’s vulnerability.

The Global Centre for Disaster Resilience is part of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In November 2013, the University of Huddersfield was awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year. The University excels in enterprise and innovation and in 2012, was named the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year. 

Research themes 

  • Disaster resilience
  • Understanding disaster risk
  • Contingency planning and resource management
  • Private sector engagement in the development of disaster resilience
  • Public private partnerships in disaster risk reduction
  • Capacity building for disaster mitigation and reconstruction
  • Risk management and sustainability
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Social impact of reconstruction
  • Public policy, governance & procurement
  • Improved disaster resilience through social media interaction
  • Community maturity for improved disaster resilience

International activities The Centre contributes to national and international committees to advise and guide on strategic and technical issues pertaining to disaster management. The Centre also provides leadership in actively helping to determine the research direction of the field, with a major International journal, periodic conferences and events, and frequent publication of cutting edge research in refereed journals, which are acclaimed nationally and internationally.

 


University of Huddersfield Team Members

 

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga

Professor of Disaster Management
Director, Global Disaster Resilient Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK
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QSBG/22 Queens Street Building School of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield,
Queensgate Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
Web: www.dilanthiamaratunga.net

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga is a leading expert in disaster resilience with an international reputation. She current leads the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, a global leader in inter-disciplinary research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her research interests include disasters and the built environment; capacity building; socio-economic measures for disaster risks; gender and protection; Preparedness for response, recovery and reconstruction, conflict affected societies; Risk management and sustainability; and Public policy, governance and procurement. An interdisciplinary background in construction management, facilities and business continuity management, education and training, disaster mitigation and reconstruction provides her the opportunities to work across a broader disaster management research agenda including developing partnerships of international research teams, government, NGOs and communities.

Her research leadership in disaster management has been recognized in the international research community by appointing her as the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (www.emeraldinsight.com/ijdrbe.htm). This is the only journal to promote research and scholarly activity that examines the role of building and construction to anticipate and respond to unexpected events that damage or destroy the built environment. Now in its sixth volume, the journal has become widely indexed and abstracted, such as in Scopus. She also led the Editorial Team of the Global Assessment Report 2015 key papers published by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dilanthi is the winner of the President’s Awards for Scientific Publication for the refereed journal paper entitled: “Post disaster C&D debris management: A Sri Lanka Case Study” published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Management. In 2013, she was the runners up of Guardian University Awards 2013 for International Strategy Category. These are marks of respect from the research community that indicate her research reputation. Dilanthi has been leading key international academic conferences in her field of expertise. She initiated the International Conferences series on Building Resilience (www.buildresilience.org). These events demonstrate her role, as a leader in the disaster mitigation and reconstruction field, an excellent organiser, and as a conduit for international collaboration and engagement. Many of these conferences have brought together major international networks to address global challenges and advance research agendas. .

To date, she has produced over two hundred publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made over 50 key note speeches in around 30 countries, over 80 invited speeches and keynotes for audiences in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, and South Africa. Invited presentations to peer reviewed, internationally established conferences are over 200. She is a peer reviewer for funding bodies including the European Commission and the Research Councils UK. In terms of PhD track record and mentoring, she has significantly above average rate of doctoral supervision and receives multiple PhD applications per year (22 PhDs completed; 8 currently supervised; over 50 PhDs assessed as external examiner


 

Professor Richard Haigh 

Professor of Disaster Resilience
Co-Director, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK 
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Queensgate Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
www.richardhaigh.info

Richard Haigh is a Professor and Co-Director of the Huddersfield Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Huddersfield. He is the Founding Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Co-Chair of the 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 International Conferences on Building Resilience, and Co-Chair of the 2014 CIB International Conference on Construction in a Changing World. His research interests include the conceptual understanding of resilience, the reintegration and rehabilitation of conflict-affected communities in Sri Lanka, and engagement of the private sector in the development of societal resilience.

Richard has secured sixteen research grants since 2005 in the areas of disaster resilience, construction management and education, covering issues such climate change adaptation, social impact of post-conflict reconstruction, gender, curricular development, knowledge management, capacity building for resilience, and education in the built environment.

Richard has given over 50 invited speeches and keynote presentations for audiences in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, and South Africa. He has also published over 25 peer reviewed journal articles, 1 edited book, 7 book chapters, and 13 reports for a variety of stakeholders. A full list of Richard’s publications, projects, and national and international activities can be found at www.richardhaigh.info. 


 

Dr Ezri Hayat 

Research Assistant 
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University of Huddersfield, 
Queensgate Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
www.ezrihayat.com

Ezri is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK. He finished his PhD in Disaster Management and Infrastructure Reconstruction at the University of Salford in 2015. His thesis, entitled as ‘Evaluation of the Local Government Capacity in the Maintenance of Postdisaster Road Reconstruction Assets”, highlights the need to maximise the value of the investment made in the reconstruction of road infrastructure sector in a post-disaster context through evaluating the local governments maintenance capacity.

He also holds a master degree in Construction Management from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Trisakti University, Indonesia. Ezri’s research interests include disaster management, infrastructure reconstruction and international development. He seeks the opportunity to have a joint collaboration with other researchers and professional from both the academia and the industry. Prior to his academic career, Ezri spent his professional time working with various international companies and donor organisation including GTZ, GHD, and UN-HABITAT in a number of post-disaster reconstruction projects in Aceh and West Sumatra, Indonesia. 

More information about his recent works and publication is available in http://research.ezrihayat.com/publications/


 

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