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CDEM Research

Developing effective CDEM arrangements requires a robust evidence base, derived from sound research. MCDEM is working with national research policy and funding agencies, research providers and end-users to clarify priorities, foster integrated research and improve accessibility and delivery of research outputs.

Research resources - journals, newsletters, bibliographies
New Zealand Emergency Management Collection
The Department of Internal Affairs Information Centre houses the Emergency Management Collection. This is a specialist collection of books, reports and research journals, provide by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, and available to registered users.
The Department of Internal Affairs Library is an active member of the Australasian Libraries in the Emergency Sector (ALIES), a cooperative emergency management information network

University of Delaware Disaster Research Centre
Here you will find a catalogue of all DRC annual reports, articles, books and monograph series, final project reports, DRC historical & comparative series, DRC miscellaneous reports, DRC preliminary papers, DRC presentations, DRC research notes/report series, and DRC working papers. Most of these are available as pdf downloads, or interloans may be requested via the DIA Information Centre.

The Natural Hazards Observer
The Natural Hazards Observer is the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Centre (University of Colorado at Boulder). It covers current disaster issues; new international, national, and local disaster management, mitigation, and education programs; hazards research; political and policy developments; new information sources and Web sites; upcoming conferences; and recent publications.

Disaster Research (DR)
Published by the Natural Hazards Center, DR is a moderated e-mail newsletter for creators and users of information regarding hazards and disasters. Subscriptions are free, and there are over 3,500 subscribers. DR is distributed biweekly and includes some news items that also appear in the Center's printed newsletter, the Natural Hazards Observer, as well as other timely articles about new developments, policies, conference announcements, job vacancies, resources, and information sources in the field of hazards management.

Research Digest is a quarterly online publication from the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Centre that compiles recent research into a summarised format for the hazards and disasters community. It provides complete references and abstracts (when available) for current research in the field. The issues are compiled and edited by the Centre's library and research staff. Visit the Natural Hazards Centre Web site at for the latest issue. Most articles listed in Research Digest are part of the Natural Hazards Centre's library holdings.

Unscheduled Events
Official newsletter of the International Sociological Associations Research Committee on Disasters.

International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
This publication focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of relatively sudden collective stress situations typically referred to as disasters or mass emergencies.

Australian Journal of Emergency Management
The official publication of Emergency Management Australia

MCDEM Research Projects and Resources
Hazard Risk Research
National Hazardscape Report Link to the download page

Tsunami Research
Review of Tsunami Hazard and Risk in New Zealand (pdf)
Review of New Zealand's tsunami preparedness (pdf)
Tsunami Signage Science Report (pdf)
Tsunami Evacuation Zone mapping (pdf 2MB)
Tsunami Public Alerting Options (pdf 3MB)
Tsunami Threat Assessment Methodology coming soon

Resilience Programme
Download the MCDEM report examining preparedness motivation strategies (pdf)
Download a research paper on Psycho-Social Aspects of Recovery (pdf)

Publications web page to download the following:
Director’s Guidelines
Best Practice Guidelines
Information Series
Tephra Magazine

Sector Research Activities
CDEM Groups/Regional Councils
Environment Waikato regional hazards and emergency management research reports

Social Development Research
Social research generates the knowledge that underpins policy and practice and provides an evidence base for decisions. The Social Policy Evaluation and Research (SPEaR) Committee is a cross-agency group established by the New Zealand Government in 2001 to oversee the government's investment in social policy research and evaluation.

The Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences network, Hui Rangahau Tahi, is a virtual research community.

2nd Australasian Hazards Management Conference July 28-31 Wellington, From Warnings to Response and Recovery
The conference will provide a forum to discuss the integration of hazard information into effective risk management, including: Applying hazard information to best practice planning; Developing effective warning systems; Improved response and recovery from events; Creating resilient communities through integrating science into practice. Our target audience is: Emergency managers, planners, risk assessors, asset and utility managers, natural hazards researchers and scientists.

Australian Disasters Conference 2009: Surviving Future Risks February 10-13, 2009 Canberra, Australia
The Australian Disasters Conference 2009 will provide participants with the opportunity to hear a diverse range of speakers from the fields of emergency management, community safety and risk reduction. The Conference will be an opportunity for interaction with representatives from a broad range of disciplines, while the exhibition display and social events will provide further opportunities for networking and discussion on community safety issues.

Link to EMA conference page

Knowledge Exchange
The Ministry is very interested in hearing from:

  • Researchers, about research activities underway,
  • CDEM practitioners, about research projects you have commissioned for your local area,
  • Practitioners, about what your needs are for CDEM research
  • Practitioners and researchers about ways in which research is being applied successfully to improve CDEM outcomes