Intergrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

The IRDR is an interdisciplinary research programme sponsored by ICSU in partnership with the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR). It is a global initiative seeking to address the challenges brought by natural hazard events, mitigate their impacts, and improve related policy-making mechanisms.

The complexity of the task is such that it requires the full integration of research expertise from the natural, socio-economic, health and engineering sciences as well as policy-making, coupled with an understanding of the role of communications, and public and political responses to reduce the risk. IRDR addresses technological and health-related events when these are consequences of natural hazards.

Periperi U has been recognised by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) as a leader in enhancing risk related research and education on the African continent. For Periperi U’s success in this matter the IRDR Science committee awarded the partnership with the honourable status of being an ‘International Centre of Excellence for Risk education and Learning’ (ICoE-REaL). Periperi U aims to live up to this title by enhancing our academic programs and focusing on generating graduates who can make significant contributions to the field of disaster risk on the continent.

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