Welcome to RADAR

The Research Alliance for Disasters and Risk Reduction (RADAR) is a research centre based at Stellenbosch University South Africa which is committed to advancing capacity building in the disaster risk field through academic programmes and short courses, as well as conducting research and enhancing knowledge concerning hazards, vulnerabilities and risks within the Western Cape region, South Africa and the African continent at large.

​RADAR is a member of the Periper U (Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks) consortium, a  partnership of research units and departmens from 12 African universities which focus on advancing research and capacity buidling in risk and vulnerability reduction action on the continent.



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Why study disaster risk?

Stellenbosch University offers programmes in the discipline of Disaster Risk Reduction which leads to a broad range of career opportunities. In this podcast we talk to Dr Robyn Pharaoh for more information on this field.
What to study is a podcast for prospective SU students about the study opportunities.

Periperi U

RADAR is a member of the Periperi U consortium. Periperi U is a partnership of African universities that spans the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include twelve universities across the continent. More information on Periperi U can be found on the website www.riskreductionafrica.org

Recent Research & Publications


A collaborative research report between Santam, the University of Stellenbosch and CSIR



APPLICATIONS FOR RADAR ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES 2022 are closed. Applications for the 2023 academic year open in March 2022

Applications for all of RADAR's 2022 academic programmes are now closed. Applications for the 2023 academic year will open in March 2022. To see more about our academic programmes, their entrance requirements and application procedures, please visit our academic programmes pages.

Please note that applications for International students wishing to apply close on 31 August, and 31 October for South African Students.


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