We see settlements as increasingly complex socio-technical systems that are becoming ever more interconnected. Our research sits at the nexus of engineering and social inquiry, seeking to transform our understanding of how organizations and infrastructure can create a safer, more equitable world.
To protect lives and promote human development by catalysing evidence on humanitarian programming through rigorous research and outreach.
We envision a safe and prosperous world where all communities have equitable access to basic infrastructure services.
We believe data and evidence can be an agent for positive transformation. We research the interface of poverty, organizations and disasters and training world leaders in humanitarian engineering research, producing new knowledge.
We value integrity. We protect the people that participate in our research and ensure we are in accordance with relevant legislation, codes and guidelines.
We believe we can accomplish more together than alone. We value diversity and new ideas in teamwork. Ingenuity comes from collaboration, not isolation.
We produce defensible research and quality evidence.
We recognize the importance of connecting with practice. We are committed to disseminating our research to ensure that it is understood, applied, and present in global dialogues.
We accept responsibility for our work and own the outcomes. We are committed to delivering agreed upon outputs in a timely manner.
We believe the best path to learning is by dipping our feet in the water. We treasure lifelong learning, brought about by continuing to dive into the unknown.
Shelter is a central part of our daily lives. It offers protections, fosters livelihoods, and provides as a social hub. Our work looks at how shelter and broader settlements are impacted by disasters.
Disasters affect millions of people each year and pose a significant threat to development efforts. Our research is exploring the links across disciplinary boundaries to understand how to reduce disaster risk and foster resilient communities.
Climate change poses an unparalleled threat to human settlements. Our research is looking at adaptation of infrastructure, and the organisations delivering these services, in ensuring a sustainable future that is equitable for all.