Natural hazards and disasters
We are providing the evidence base and solutions to protect lives and livelihoods from natural hazards around the world.
Contact the natural hazards and disasters research lead
Dr Ryerson Christie (Sociology, Politics and International Studies)
The UKADR is a national contact point - connecting the UK’s disaster research community and coordinating research efforts to reduce the global impacts of disaster.
The Cabot Institute hosted UKADR's second Annual Conference in Bristol in March 2018.
Risk, hazards, disasters and cultures: Exploring an integrated humanities, natural sciences, and disaster studies approach
Natural hazards have led to disasters throughout history. But with increasing populations and risk, what can historians and cultural scholars do to improve resilience around the world?
Ensuring Bhutan stays happy – and safe
Unlike its neighbours, Bhutan hasn’t experienced a major earthquake for some while. But is the clock ticking?
Helping East Africa get earthquake-ready
It’s taking tens of millions of years, but the African continent is splitting in two. As plates slowly shift, the threat of major earthquakes rises too.
Protecting Nepal’s next generation from earthquakes
The devastation caused by the 2015 earthquake was immense: 9,000 lives lost, 3.5 million people left homeless, and entire neighbourhoods flattened. How do we stop that happening again?
What we do and why we have an impact
We have deep expertise in every major natural hazard - flooding, volcanic risk, eruptions, landslides, tsunamis and extreme weather. Our academics are prized for their work - having received a Royal Medal, the Queens Anniversary Prize, the Lloyds Science of Risk Prize, the Vetlesen Prize (widely recognised as the Nobel prize of earth sciences) and two Wolfson Merit Prizes.
We have provided expert advice and analysis to national and international governments, including the UK Natural Audit Office (for flood risk), the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (for risk of volcanic ash), Guatemala's Government before and after the 2018 volcanic eruption, the UK Government's National Risk Register 2018 (for all UK environmental risks), and Japanese Governments following Fukishima (regarding the risk of radioactive waste). We retain a strong commitment to helping decision makers understand and mitigate the risks posed by natural hazards.
Our strength is our ability to fuse rigorous quantitative models with a deep understanding of how societies work. Through the arts and humanities we have explored how culture, local history, and understandings of resilience can impact disasters. And by working directly with communities, we have co-produced solutions to mitigate against landslide and volcanic risk.