The Disaster Risk Science Institute draws together ANU’s interdisciplinary expertise through an integrated approach that spans the STEM-HASS interface.

The Institute aims to:

  • create new research opportunities and education initiatives
  • reduce the impact of economic losses through better predictive capability
  • improve hazard assessment mapping in time and space
  • improve adaptation and capacity building at government and community levels
  • deliver better societal and ecological outcomes post disaster
  • develop knowledge to mitigate risks associated with disasters

Specific projects will focus on identifying areas of risk and mitigation to reduce socio-economic impacts, to enable better outcomes through exposure mapping; development of vulnerability models; analysis of risk metrics and connecting these with land use/urban planning; legal frameworks; and the training of first responders.

Integrated Research

By establishing joint research and education initiatives across all seven Colleges of the ANU and outside partners, the Institute seeks to enable multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary research.

The PPRR Cycle

Disaster management usually identifies four interconnected phases (with infinite variations): Prevention – Preparedness – Response – Recovery. While historically, research efforts have concentrated on Prevention and Preparation, the Institute seeks to focus on all four phases, as well as the connections between them.

Check Out Our Members’ Research

Aboriginal peoples and the response to the 2019-2020 bushfires – Mr Bhiamie Williamson

Earthquake Risks in SE Asia – Prof Phil Cummins

House losses during bushfires in Australia – Profs Phil Gibbons & Geoff Cary