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Research Areas

Research Areas

The Centre for Integrated Research on Risk and Resilience (CIRRR) brings together researchers from across disciplines in order to explore risk and resilience as ways of understanding and responding to social, ecological and political crises today. 

hazards and disaster

Disaster and Risk  

Headed by: Prof. Mark Pelling

Researchers in the Natural Hazards and Climate Change group focus on reducing risk and losses through the monitoring and implementation of informed risk reduction decisions and through reductions in vulnerability or exposure.

 Centre of Risk and Resil

Migration And Resettlement  

Headed by: Dr. Helen Adams

Research under this theme addresses both the ways and means by which migration interacts with state, community or individual resilience to protect the well-being and rights of people on the move and their host communities.


Health and Disease

Headed by: Prof. Anthea Tinker

This research group focuses on resilience as a historically distinctive concept and its impact on actors, institutions and the governance of health and disease. 



 Govena nd Policy  

Governance and Policy 

Headed by: Dr. Courtney Davis

The focus of this strand of research is on the resilience of institutions of governance, such as regulatory agencies, in the context of prevailing political and policy environments.


Social-Ecological Systems Management   

Headed by: Dr. Rob Francis

Current research on Social-Ecological & Environmental Systems and their Management within CIRRR is focused on the NERC Global Challenges Research Fund project ‘War Impact on Dryland Environments and Social-Ecological Resilience in Somalia (WIDER-SOMA)’.


Conflict and Security

 Headed by: Prof. Claudia Aradau

The research group on Conflict and Security aims to analyse the implications of this extension of resilience from war to peace and from catastrophic risks to everyday security practices.


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