Project focus and rationale


The focus of the UKADR project is all contexts and systems of disaster risk, recognising the UK's role in this field across an interconnected world.

UKADR understands that the science of disaster risk and its management is interdisciplinary. There is an emphasis on integrated and applied dimensions of knowledge production rooted in fundamental science. This includes work from the natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural science, social sciences and humanities, and includes information technology, economics and behavioural sciences.

UK science on disaster risk is widely recognised as world leading. UKADR aims to support excellence in science and enhance opportunities for impact on policy and practice by acting as:

To help meet these aims, UKADR will sit on the UK Disaster Research Group, a committee of research funders, government departments and charitable donors, which has been hosted by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) since 2009.


UK Government first called for improved interaction with the disaster science community in its 2011 Humanitarian Emergency Response Review. This was repeated in the 2012 Government Office of Science Foresight Report on Reducing the Risk of Future Disasters. In 2015, UK Government's responsibilities under the UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 placed renewed emphasis on science and on evidence-based policy and practice. In 2016, many from the international science community attended the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, and a roadmap for supporting Sendai was shared under the leadership of the UNISDR Science and Technology Advisory Group.