UK Alliance for Disaster Research

The primary motivation for the UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR) is to bring together the UK's rich and diverse disaster research community. This will facilitate collaboration and partnership to aid representation of the research community at government level in the UK, and, where appropriate, help with the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Alliance is independent and managed by voluntary contributions from the UK research community.

Membership is open to staff and PhD students of any research-and-capacity-building institute based in the UK that is active in researching disaster risk and its management. This includes universities and other educational institutions, charitable trusts, think tanks and research departments within government agencies, private businesses or civil society organisations. Disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness, disaster response, reconstruction and recovery are all of interest.

Update (29 May 2020) – Delivering disaster risk research for the Sendai Framework and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26)

UKADR 2020 Conference now 2021: The UKADR 2020 Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the postponed 2020 conference will now be held in Edinburgh on 27th–28th May 2021. Registration and the call for abstracts will open in September 2020. The theme of the conference will still be Delivering disaster risk research for the Sendai Framework and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26).

September 2020 Seminars Online: We are pleased to announce the new UKADR 2020 September Sessions that will be taking place online on 10th–11th September 2020. This will include a selection of virtual seminars and the 2020 UKADR AGM. Although we can’t meet in person, these seminars aim to enable the UKADR community to share and discuss changes in our research practice, the role of disaster researchers in a green and resilient post–COVID recovery as well as lessons from multi–stakeholder disaster research programmes. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

If you would like to contact us about either the 2021 Conference or the 2020 September Sessions please email