...people were affected by disasters over the last two decades.
Damaged house along coastline

About our work

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.

Resettlement housing in the Philippines

Our Model

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 believe in looking beyond the numbers to value the people behind data, using new methods to see problems differently.


We work at the cross-roads of engineering and social inquiry, applying innovative tools to make sense of complexity.


We are committed to bridging the academic and practice divide, ensuring that research translates to policy and action.

Core Values

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.

Research Themes

Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements

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.

Disaster Risk Reduction

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 Adaptation

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.