The Disaster and Development Network (DDN) aims to develop through research, teaching and learning, the knowledge and skills to address hazards, disasters and complex emergencies from the perspective of different development debates and experience.
The Network undertakes research, teaching and learning activities that encompass disaster reduction, sustainable development and resilience building. By necessity an inter-disciplinary field of inquiry, disaster and development studies address human security and wellbeing for individuals, groups and institutions in contexts of current and potential crises.
Northumbria University launched the DDN in 2004 in association with its acclaimed postgraduate programme in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development. Our work has included research, enterprise, capacity building activities across 25 countries for multiple national, international and local organisations. This includes regularly hosting and participating in major events associated with this field in locations around the world.
DDN Impact Case Study Selected within the Top 20 most Impressive Examples of UK Research Contributing to Development’
Our MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development benefits from the research of this network.
Further Information: please contact Professor Andrew Collins
Themes engage cross cutting and critical issues such as environmental sustainability, uneven development, poverty reduction, rights, civil society, living with uncertainty, adaption to global change, emergency and humanitarian response.Discover More
DDN combines a mix of Northumbria University Internal Affiliates and External Affiliates including those listed here:Discover More
Research, Consultancy & Collaborations
Other DDN activities include links with emergency services and association with national and international bodies, particularly the United Nations or hosting bi-lateral links such as for example the Japan-UK Disaster Risk Reduction Study ProgrammeDiscover More
Examples of Impact and Engagement
DDN research has focussed on how people in marginalised locations can control ecological and socio-economic risks. The risks, frequently thought to be a result of climate change, resurgent pathogens or physical instability...Discover More
Study with us
The Disaster and Development Network supports the MSc Disaster Management and Sustainable Development and postgraduate research for PhDs in topics related to this field.Discover More
MSc Dissertations produced through the DDN associated MSc Programme:Discover More
Associated PHD Thesis:Discover More
News and Events
An account of our news and events in this field since 2000 is available:Discover More
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