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New Zealand Research Programmes

GNS Science – Massey University Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR)
This Centre is a joint venture between Massey University and GNS Science within the School of Psychology and is based at the Wellington Campus of Massey University. The Centre undertakes multi-disciplinary applied teaching and research aimed at understanding the impacts of disasters on communities, improving risk management and enhancing community preparedness, response and recovery.

GNS Science
GNS Science selected research programmes
Hazards and Society Research Programme
Surveillance and Assessment following disaster
Post-earthquake Functioning of Cities

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research NIWA
Mitigating Weather, Flooding and Coastal Hazards
Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change
Physical Hazards Affecting Coastal Margins and the Continental Shelf

Landcare Research programmes on Environment and Society
Built Environments Contributing knowledge and understanding of urban systems, including sustainable urban design, urban futures, and urban society
Global Change Processes Science underpinning New Zealand’s ability to develop new mitigation options, adapt to the effects of a changing climate, and manage in land–based systems the risks and opportunities arising from global change.
Sustainability and Society Looking at the long–term effects of society on the environment

University of Waikato International Global Change Institute
The (IGCI) International Global Change Institute's goal is to integrate knowledge on the natural and human dimensions of global environmental change for use in policy development and decision-making. The main thematic areas focused on by IGCI for its research and training activities are:
Integrated assessment modelling
Integrated community development
Governance and Planning
Environmental Change and Health
Natural hazards and disasters
Climate change impacts

Resilient Organisations
Resilient Organisations is a six year research project (funded by the Foundation for Research, Science, and Technology (FRST)) designed to assist New Zealand organisations to recover economic competitiveness after hazard events by improving their resilience.

Opus Research Labs – Social and Economic Recovery through Community Resilience
This FRST-funded research asks how we can enhance the resilience of New Zealand urban communities. The research recognises the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act's intent to promote resilience among individuals and communities so they can help themselves in times of disaster. The research aims to understand the likely response of New Zealanders to a natural disaster, so that disaster response planning grows within a developed framework of knowledge.

University of Canterbury, Natural Hazards Research Centre
The Natural Hazards Research Centre has research programmes related to studies of active tectonics and earthquakes, landscape evolution modelling, land-use planning, urban vulnerability to volcanic eruptions and health risks from eruptions.
Earthquake Engineering civil and natural resources engineering

Victoria University of Wellington
Natural Hazards Research Cluster (Geology, Geophysics and Geography departments)
Earthquake Hazard Centre The Earthquake Hazard Centre (EHC) within the School of Architecture is an information network and dissemination centre for earthquake-resistant construction in Developing Countries.

University of Auckland
Auckland It’s Our Volcano Research Programme
Earthquake Engineering

Massey University, Volcanic Hazard Risk
Learning to Live with Volcanic Risk - FRST programme that aims to improve national resilience to activity from the cone-building andesitic volcanoes in New Zealand (especially Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu).

EQC Research
One of EQC’s roles is to facilitate research about natural disaster damage, methods of reducing or preventing natural disaster damage, and the insurance provided under the Earthquake Commission Act. EQC research aims to reduce the Crown’s liabilities arising from geological hazard events and to make communities more resilient to such events.
Download (pdf) summary of an EQC-funded workshop on social science and disaster research

New Zealand Fire Service - Fire Safety Research
Each year the New Zealand Fire Service Commission determines a set of research priorities that will assist them in meeting their mission of reducing the incidence and consequence of fire. This link takes you to the the Fire Service website, containing research project reports and details on the fire safety research funding rounds.