Our research has three core themes: (1) humanitarian shelter and settlements, (2) disaster risk reduction, and (3) climate change adaptation. Explore our current projects below.

Women identifies households on flood hazard map

Transforming Disaster Risk Assessments at the Nexus of Local Knowledge and Engineering Tools

Disasters cost the global economy $520 billion (USD) and drive more than 26 million people into poverty each year. Floods continue to impact the largest number of people of any type of disaster globally, having affected more than two billion people over the last decade. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has laid out ambitious goals and targets, pointing to the need to “substantially increase the availability of and access to disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030." This research seeks to contribute toward this goal by providing guidance on methodologies and standards for risk assessments – key actions under the Sendai Framework’s first priority of understanding disaster risk.

Poorly constructed houses sit next to ocean

Informal Sheltering Practices: Adaptive Urban Resilience Processes​

The research will explore household sheltering pathways for informal settler families (ISFs), relocated families in government-financed housing programs, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosted by family members with a focus on health, livelihood, education, and social impacts. To unpack informality, two cases will be examined in the Philippines context: (1) reconstruction following the armed conflict in Marawi Citiy and (2) relocation of informal settlements to Bulacan in Metro Manila.

Rows of thatch houses in front of ocean

Defining a Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Research Agenda​

As a global community, we continue to assemble a growing wealth of knowledge on humanitarian shelter and settlements, yet this begs the question – are we collecting the right evidence? This research aims to synthesise research priorities for the humanitarian shelter and settlements sector, drawing from surveys, an expert panel (Delphi method), and interviews which will solicit opinions on research needs from NGOs, governments, and academic institutions to collaboratively define a strategy to guide future research. By more clearly defining the problems facing the humanitarian shelter and settlements sector, we hope to provide guidance on where academics and practitioners should direct their research efforts.