Disaster Research and Response Network

Disaster Research and Response Network

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Australia and the world are facing an increase in natural disasters such as floods, bushfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and cyclones caused by severe weather linked to climate change.

For Australia the most recent bushfires at the start of 2020 that resulted in loss of life, destruction of property and natural habitats only highlights the urgency with which natural disasters must be addressed. 

RMIT’s Disaster Research and Response Network aims to address the increasing need for research and development in all aspects of disaster management. With over 70 associated researchers from a broad range of disciplines the Network takes a multi-disciplinary approach to disaster research and works together with communities to identify and build resilience to better respond to and recover from disasters. The network provides our partners with easy access to research expertise and opportunities to collaborate on projects. The Network also enables a coordinated and timely response to calls for research capability and facilitates industry / academia events. 

Research capabilities

The Disaster Research and Response Network focuses on the four areas of disaster management: Prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Our multi-disciplinary research expertise aligns to the four areas and covers the below capabilities: 

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Our Network consists of members from many disciplines across RMIT and connects researchers to enhance, promote and deploy the University’s interdisciplinary research capability in disaster related fields. 

Not a member? RMIT staff can subscribe to our mailing list and staff newsletter by emailing:

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More information

Contact our team by emailing: research.partnerships@rmit.edu.au

Get in touch

Please contact the Disaster Research and Response team via research.partnerships@rmit.edu.au if you would like to know more or to provide updates about your research projects, publications, media mentions and anything else of relevance to share with the Network.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer