UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction



Summary of Specific Objectives for 2017-22

  • Coordinate multidisciplinary, cross-faculty RDR research at UCL and lead bids for major RDR programmes.
  • Provide a cross-UCL platform for winning research funding from the £1.5 billion Global Challenge Research Fund  (GCRF), focusing on, 1) building disaster resilience in developing countries and, 2) humanitarian challenges and migration
  • Establish a transdisciplinary research centres in Gender Responsive Resilience
  • Establish a transdisciplinary research centres in Digital Global Health
  • Build the Risk and Disaster Reduction Doctoral Research Centre to a target population of 30 students
  • Forge partnerships with industry and commerce, humanitarian agencies, international universities and institutes and UK professional and governmental bodies
  • Develop the Humanitarian Tech Hub, to support innovative solutions to humanitarian challenges, which build on existing technological developments across UCL, fusing UCL's science, social science, engineering and health expertise, to innovate products, systems and training
  • Publish high-impact RDR multidisciplinary reports to influence public policy
  • Organize keynote lectures, international workshops, seminar series, e-newsletter and partner-focused special reports to raise the external profile of UCL RDR activities
  • Coordinate RDR teaching across UCL, providing a portal to potential students for all programmes
  • Develop innovative masters teaching in risk and data science and in humanitarian crisis and response
  • Develop bespoke courses for industry and commerce and humanitarian agencies
  • Provide a central, physical base and resource centre for UCL RDR activities, acting as a Bloomsbury hub for IRDR members and partners and host for external visitors