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Key reports from projects are listed below and available for direct download.

This page is occasionally updated with the works that most accurately reflect CIRRR's research interests. For more up to date information and a comprehensive list of associated projects, please visit the corresponding website's linked in full on the Projects & Partnerships page.

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Disasters and Risk

Survivor Led Response

Survivor-Led Response: Local recommendations to operationalise building back better

Rebecca Murphy, Mark Pelling, Helen Adams, Simone Di Vicenz, Emma Visman

This paper investigates resilience building as a mechanism to align short term humanitarian aid with longer-term development from the perspective of crises survivors and local field staff involved in eight humanitarian interventions.

 Possibilities and limitations of community based disaster risk reduction

The possibilities and limitations of community-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; findings across the city studies.


A fundamental change in response to disasters that include a strong focus on disaster risk reduction was largely driven by assessments of risks in urban centres in Latin America. Many city governments have reoriented their plans and investments in response to this. However, local government in Ibadan, as in the other Urban ARK case studies cities in Africa, has little capacity and funding for disaster risk reduction, and less capacity to act than Latin American cities.




 Inserting human rights and justic into urban resilience

Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience: a focus on everyday risk in cities in the South


Resilience is increasingly informing the policy agenda of urban risk management in cities in the global South. In the past, the focus has been on ensuring and investing in resilient infrastructure. Hard infrastructure, technical engineering and ecosystem services continue to play a critical role in building pathways to resilience. However, this briefing aims to reconceptualise resilience with more emphasis on rights and justice for urban citizens, and less focus on infrastructure as the object to be made resilient.



 Improving solid waster management practices  

Improving solid waste management practices and addressing associated health risks in Dakar, Senegal


Africa is the fastest urbanising region in the world with 56 per cent of its population projected to be living in urban areas by 2050, up from 40 per cent in 2015. This rapid pace of urbanisation comes with several challenges, including the high generation of solid waste, which in most cities has outpaced the rates of collection and disposal, leading to indiscriminate dumping. In the interests of public health, it is important to assess current practice as well as community views on solutions to the seemingly intractable challenge of solid waste management in African cities.




Migration and Resettlement

Precarious Places Report  

Same Space, Different Places

Dr Helen Adams, Samar Ghanem, Máiréad Collins
Project: Precarious Places
This report aims to inform the work of project developers in the area of social inclusion and conflict mediation in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other organisations working on displaced peoples and their host communities. The report presents initial results and analysis from an academic research project called Precarious Places: Social cohesion, resilience and place attachment in refugee-host interactions.
 Seeking refuge in Europe  

Seeking refuge in Europe: spaces of transit and the violence of migration management

Leonie Ansems de Vries & Elspeth Guild

In the past few years, spaces of transit have become prominent sites for people seeking refuge in Europe. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork, this article takes spaces of transit as a vantage point for interrogating the relationship between mobility, migration management and violence, focusing on the fracturing of journeys due to forced and obstructed mobility both outside and within the EU.



Health and Disease

Developing a novel peer support intervention to prommote resilience after a stroke 

Developing a novel peer support intervention to promote resilience after stroke

Euan Sadler, Sophie Sarre, Anthea Tinker, Ajay Bhalla, Christopher McKevitt

Stroke can lead to physical, mental and social long-term consequences, with the incidence of stroke increasing with age. Resilience, the ability to ‘bounce back’, flourish or thrive in the face of adversity improves mental health and quality of life in older adults. However, the role of resilience in adjustment after stroke has been little investigated. The purpose of this study is to report on the development and preliminary evaluation of a novel intervention to promote resilience after stroke.



Governance and Policy

Why European and USA drug regulators are not speaking with on voice on anti-influenza drugs 

Why European and United States drug regulators are not speaking with one voice on anti-influenza drugs: Regulatory review methodologies and the importance of 'deep' product reviews

Shai Mulinari, Courtney Davis

We conducted a qualitative analysis of United States and European Union regulatory appraisals for Relenza to investigate the reasons for divergent regulatory interpretations, pertaining to Relenza's capacity to alleviate symptoms and reduce frequency of complications of influenza.


 Downstream Sub-Basins

How downstream sub-basins depend on upstream inflows to avoid scarcity: typology and global analysis of transboundary rivers

Hafsa Munia, Joseph Guillaume, Naho Mirumachi, Yoshihide Wada, Matti Kummu

Countries sharing river basins are often dependent upon water originating outside their boundaries; meaning that without that upstream water, water scarcity may occur with flow-on implications for water use and management. We develop a formalisation of this concept drawing on ideas about the transition between regimes from resilience literature, using water stress and water shortage as indicators of water scarcity.



Social-Ecological Systems Managment

Ecosytem Services Cover 

Ecosytem services for well-being in Deltas

Editors: Nicholls, R.J., Hutton, C.W., Adger, W.N., Hanson, S.E., Rahman, M.M., Salehin, M.  

This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. The conceptual basis, research approaches and challenges are covered, while also providing a methodology for integration across multiple disciplines, offering a potential prototype for assessments of deltas worldwide.



Conflict and Security

The Promise of Security

The promise of security: resilience, surprise and epistemic politics

Prof. Claudia Aradau

Over the past decade, resilience has become a quasi-universal answer to problems of security and governance, from climate change to children's education, from indigenous history to disaster response, and from development to terrorism. This article places the proliferation of resilience in relation to the earlier proliferation of security discourse and practice.


Introduction On resilience and solidarity 

Introduction: on resilience and solidarity

Wanda Vrasti & Nicholas Michelsen

In this introduction to the special section on Resilience and Solidarity, Vrasti and Michelsen explore the ambiguous and mobile relationship between these concepts, drawing on resources from political theory, before setting out the challenges that arise out of our current and apparently post-political moment.


Global Cybersecurity.

Global cybersecurity: New directions in theory and methods

Tim Stevens

This thematic issue advocates a range of novel theoretical and methodological directions applicable to cybersecurity studies. Drawing on critical International Relations theory, Science and Technology Studies, participant observation, quantitative political science, and other social science methods and theory, the contributors advance modes of invigorating the exploration of cybersecurity as an assemblage of sociotechnical practices.




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