The Hazard, Risk and Disaster research group (HRD)

The Hazard, Risk and Disaster research group (HRD)

The Hazard, Risk and Disaster research group (HRD)

The Hazard, Risk and Disaster Group (HRD) will explore issues regarding natural disaster, flood risk and community preparedness.

In Higher Education, excellent learning and teaching is founded in strong scholarship and pioneering research activities. Research informs our knowledge of cutting edge techniques, debates and emerging challenges in the world.

Sharing this expertise with our student community makes for a richer and more vibrant learning and teaching experience that ultimately better prepares you for your future careers. You are the next generation facing a rapidly evolving, globalised workplace and you will have to apply your developing knowledge and skills to solve problems that may arise on a potentially global scale.

Reflecting the developing expertise and activity of BSU staff, the Geography department is happy to announce the recent formation of the Hazard, Risk and Disaster (HRD) research group, which aims to build on pre-existing research specialisms and teams. Additional information on our members, projects and related research can be found on our new webspace.

We are a multi-disciplinary grouping of Physical and Human Geographers that work alongside researchers from other disciplines across the University, with a goal to engage in research that challenges the complex problems affecting society and environment.

Our work focuses on the following themes: 

  • Flood event histories, dynamics, impacts and responses in urban and mountain settings
  • Upland sediment system hazard dynamics
  • Climate change, variability and adaptation
  • The diverse field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), particularly in regard to the Indian Himalaya and Tamil Nadu (Southern India).

Our approaches seek to impact society by

  • Embracing a spectrum of disciplinary to interdisciplinary methods
  • Encouraging participation across the entire geography community (student and staff), in an effort to increase public engagement
  • Fostering collaboration with industrial partners (in research and consultancy) to achieve knowledge of value to society.

We apply new-cutting edge technologies in the capture and analysis of data (e.g. terrestrial laser scanning and UAVs), across a range of process environments and heritage assets. We seek to collaborate with international partners in order to build our research network and to widen the opportunities available to learn from from different cultures.

We encourage students to participate in our research in a variety of ways, including collecting new data or processing existing data in their final year dissertations and actively engaging in research activities alongside academic staff. From time to time we invite students to apply to work on research projects and we would encourage you to take the opportunity to do this to develop your own research experience.

If you are interested in our work, or in collaborating with us on a project or an event, please get in touch with our director, Dr Rich Johnson, at

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