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Join our new Interdisciplinary Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation

19 Sep 2019

Research centre – funded by University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) – to address the intersection between natural hazards and society

Earthquake in Mexico

The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation is a new UMRI-funded research centre at the University designed to address the intersection between natural hazards and society.

This interdisciplinary research network will tackle complex and interacting social, environmental, engineering, financial, and political system failures and aims to attract members from all departments and all faculties at the University.

Natural hazards can lead to larger crises than the initial hazard caused, depending on management of the crisis during and after the initial hazard. For example, the Syrian crisis has been attributed in part to drought and mismanagement of water resources.

Although natural hazards themselves cannot generally be tamed, the preparations and responses to them can be.  The Centre will address the root causes of crisis through prediction, mitigation, and remediation, while unpicking future societal risks in a manner that is democratic, just, and inclusive.  

We plan to develop a seminar series, research network, doctoral training program, educational initiatives, and public engagement activities. We are especially interested in early career academics who are looking for opportunities to develop leadership skills and network with colleagues from across the University.

Further information

Our inaugural meeting will tell you more:

  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019 1pm–5pm, Simon Building, Room 3.44A

To attend, please register at:

For more information, or if you are interested in joining but unable to attend the inaugural meeting, contact Professor David Schultz at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences: