International Centres of Excellence

IRDR International Centres of Excellence (ICoEs), established through the IRDR Scientific Committee (SC) and the relevant National Committee (NC), will provide regional and research foci for the IRDR programme. ICoE research programmes will embody an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction that directly contributes to the ICSU/IRDR Science Plan for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and its objectives, as well as the IRDR Strategic Plan (2013-2017).

ICoE and IRDR projects will collaborate to provide global contributions towards achieving the IRDR legacy. In particular, each established ICoE will enable regional scientific activities through geographically-focused contributions based on more localised inputs, and by being visible centres of research to motivate participation in the IRDR programme.

Please review the Terms of Reference governing ICoEs within the IRDR programme. If you have any questions send us an email at

Current ICoEs:

Eight ICoEs have been established to date:

1.  IRDR ICoE-Taipei
Home Institution: Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, China

2. IRDR ICoE in Vulnerability and Resilience Metrics (IRDR ICoE-VaRM)
Home Institution: Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI), Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

3.  IRDR ICoE in Community Resilience (IRDR ICoE-CR)
Home Institution: Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

4.  IRDR ICoE in Understanding Risk & Safety (IRDR ICoE-UR&S)
Home Institution: Disaster Risk Management Task Force, Institute of Environmental Studies (Instituto de Estudios Ambientales – IDEA), National University of Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Manizales City, Colombia

5.  IRDR ICoE for Risk Education and Learning (IRDR ICoE-REaL)
Home Institution: Periperi U (Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks) Consortium, Research Alliance for Disaster and Risk Reduction (RADAR), Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

6. IRDR ICoE in Risk Interpretation and Action (IRDR ICoE-RIA)
Home institution: Centre for Integrated Research on Risk and Resilience (CIRRR), Department of Geography, King’s College London (KCL), London, UK

7. IRDR ICoE for Disaster Resilient Homes, Buildings and Public Infrastructure (IRDR ICoE-DRHBPI)
Home Institution: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Western University, Toronto, Canada

8. IRDR ICoE on Critical Infrastructures and Strategic Planning  (IRDR ICoE-CI&SP)
Home Institution: Institute for Spatial and Regional Planning (IREUS), Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Management, University of Stuttgart, Germany

9. IRDR ICoE for Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK (CCOUC) for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (IRDR ICoE-CCOUC)
Home Institution: Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK (CCOUC) for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response

10. IRDR ICoE for Disaster Risk and Climate Extremes (IRDR ICoE-SEADPRI-UKM)
Home Institution:Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM), the National University of Malaysia

11. IRDR ICoE for National Society for Earthquake Technology- Nepal (IRDR ICoE-NSET)
Home Institution:National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal

12. IRDR ICoE in Spatial Decision Support for Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (IRDR ICoE-SDS IDRR)
Home Institution:Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC),The University of Twente

13. IRDR ICoE on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (IRDR ICoE-TDDR)
Home Institution:SEI Initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk

14. IRDR ICoE on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Science (IRDR ICoE-IRDRS)
Home Institution:Disaster Risk Science Institute, The Australian National University

15. IRDR ICoE on Resilient Communities & Settlements (IRDR ICoE-RCS)
Home Institution: Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), India

16. IRDR ICoE on in Disaster and Climatic Extremes (IRDR ICoE-DCE)
Home Institution: Department of Geography, University of Peshawar, Pakistan

17. IRDR ICoE on Risk Interconnectivity and Governance on Weather/Climate Extremes Impact and Public Health (IRDR ICoE-RIG-WECEIPHE)
Home Institution: Fudan University, China

(Last updated Oct 2020)

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