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Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle
Overview of the IRDR
Understanding global risks and reducing disasters presents a major challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action. Responding to the UCL Grand Challenges, our vision for the IRDR was for an institute, hosted in the MAPS Faculty, but working across UCL, that would lead research, knowledge exchange (KE) with industry and humanitarian agencies and advanced teaching, in the area of risk and disaster reduction (RDR). The Institute would concentrate the internationally established, highly successful, but dispersed expertise at UCL. By providing a focus for UCL’s activities, with its breadth of disciplinary emphasis, promotion of novel cross-disciplinary research and translation into practice, the Institute would assume leadership in risk and disaster reduction both in the UK and internationally.
Following a UCL Town Meeting, which brought together over 70 academics and researchers across 12 departments in 7 faculties involved in world-class research and practice in the field, Professor Peter Sammonds led a proposal to the Provost to set up the IRDR, championed by 16 academics from Earth Sciences, Statistical Science, Mathematics, Space & Climate Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Population Health and Laws. £295k PSDF funding was secured, supported by £231k from the MAPS Faculty and Departments.
The aim of the IRDR was to become financially self-supporting through research and teaching income within five years, with an emphasis on new income generation from cross-disciplinary consortium bids, postgraduate teaching, and funding from industry and the humanitarian sector, It is located within its own space, because co-location of researchers demonstrably works, and is supported in its unique role by IRDR administrative staff and experts in KE, public engagement and research support.
Please see our key achievements page for details of recent achievements and developments of the IRDR, which would not have happened without its existence, and see our objectives page for details of our current objectives and mission.