UCL Hazard Centre



A brief history, activity and impact of the centre.

2006. The UHC co-ordinated the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Science and Policy Interface for Disaster Reduction (SPIDER) Network, which re-evaluated the role of science in disaster management and engaged with end-users of that science.

2007. Tropical Storm Risk, an arm of the UHC that predicts and maps tropical storm activity worldwide, helped save thousands of lives in Bangladesh during cyclone Sidr. 

2008. The UHC established an innovative partnership between UCL and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to collaborate on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to environmental change.

2009. The UHC convened the highly successful UCL conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Natural Hazards: Putting Research into Practice. See Website

2012. The UHC became an invited academic member of the Disaster and Risk Reduction Working Group of BOND, which is the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development.

2012. The UHC initiated a programme to increase engagement between academia, re/insurance business and humanitarian and development agencies to enhance disaster risk reduction, response and relief. The theme and report for this programme are found here