Why disaster research?

The Flinders University Disaster Research Centre (FUDRC), established in 2009, is a leader in disaster and emergency research in the region. The Asia Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone in the world. Recent events have included the Bali bombings, devastating wildfires such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, extreme flooding and damage from tropical cyclone ‘Yasi’ in Queensland and the devastating Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand.

These examples highlight the great need for education and research in the area of disaster resilience, evaluating the effectiveness of current strategies and developing better disaster management approaches, to ensure we are well prepared for future events.

Aims and objectives

The Disaster Research Centre’s vision is to become a leader for disaster, emergency and mass gathering research at a state, national and international level.

The Disaster Research Centre has built an active network across different sectors, including higher education, the three tiers of government, non government organisations, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Network, with important international and national links.

The Centre aims to:

  • enhance research on disasters, emergencies and mass gatherings both nationally and internationally
  • translate research outcomes into evidence-based practice through collaboration.
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