EPICentre was founded in 2007 and is a dynamic multidisciplinary research Centre that investigates risk to society, the built and natural environment from natural hazards.
EPICentre members span across UCL, and our research projects adopt a range of research skills (numerical, experimental, field work, interviews, focus groups, elicitations and statistical analysis) for tackling complex real-world problems linking the built environment and natural hazards.
EPICentre is located in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at UCL , and runs an MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management. Internally to UCL it collaborates with the UCL Hazard Centre and UCL IRDR . EPICentre has strong industrial links, and is a member of the Willis Research Network (WRN). It has research projects across the globe with several international partners and the World Bank.
Aim & Philosophy
EPICentre looks to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research into risk from natural hazards and disaster risk reduction. With the driving force behind EPICentre research work being the ambition to drastically reduce loss of life, livelihoods and economic loss in natural disasters.
EPICentre research projects are highly multi-disciplinary, and strongly linked to industry, local government and NGO needs. EPICentre brings together researchers from different fields and promotes dialogue, data and knowledge exchange both within individual projects, as well as across research projects.