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13 Dec 2013 description

From humanitarian aid to disaster risk reduction the word ‘resilience’ is involved in nearly every aspect of people’s ability to recover and adapt after a catastrophic event. Many researchers from various fields along with emergency practitioners, who are depended on during times of disaster throughout the world, use resilience in their everyday language, and even incorporate it into their operations in the field. Although its meaning remains elusive, researchers and practitioners have opportunities to learn from each other about resilience.

04 Jun 2013 description

Research highlights: A round-up of recent IHRR research findings


  • Viewing Disaster through the Eyes of Religion

  • The Problem with Bailouts

  • Investigating Volcanic Health Hazards

  • Photo Stories of Resilience

  • Exploring Vulnerability to Geohazards in Nepal


  • Climate Change and Migration: a European social science network


  • The Dynamics of Disaster with Prof Sue Kieffer

17 Aug 2012 description

This video features Baroness Valerie Amos UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Prof Lena Dominelli, co-director of IHRR and organiser of the 2012 Breaking the Mould Conference at Durham University. Baroness Amos talks about how ‘resilience is about breaking the mold’ in order for humanitarian and development organisations to protect against natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies that require humanitarian aid.

17 Aug 2012 description

Research highlights: A round-up of recent IHRR research findings


  • In Search of Tipping Points: Researchers are on the hunt for the elusive ‘tipping point’ in physical and social systems.

  • Climate Change and Coffee: How will climate change affect coffee growers in Africa?

  • Regenerating Brownfield Land: Methods to transform brownfield land sustainably to improve land quality and community health.

  • Surviving the Storm: How communities in Bangladesh are coping with the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr.