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Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation

Centre for Crisis Studies
and Mitigation

Maintaining a sustainable society by understanding the causes of crises, how to best manage them, and how to mitigate future crises.

Crises result from the intersection between the natural world and society, engulfing societies in complex interacting social, environmental, engineering, financial, and political system failures.

A crisis resulting from a natural disaster is not merely natural, but also depends upon how those disasters impact society because of weaknesses in physical and social infrastructure, often a combination of multiple factors.

Natural hazards can lead to larger crises than the initial hazard caused, depending on how the crisis is managed during and after the immediate hazard. Such crises can be sudden-onset phenomena and difficult to predict, or expose deep-seated inequalities in access to power, resources or voice. As such, they are markers of dysfunctionality. Furthermore, what makes crises so intractable is that their solutions lie beyond the scope of conventional single- discipline problem-solving techniques.

homeless children following a tornado

Natural hazard preparation

Although the natural hazards themselves cannot generally be tamed, the preparations for and responses to them can be. The University of Manchester possesses the breadth to take a holistic perspective on these hazards and the crises that they can precipitate.

From Earth science to socioeconomics, involving methods spanning theoretical approaches to lab-based experiments, we have created the interdisciplinary Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation that encompasses all Faculties to address the root causes of crisis through tackling prediction, mitigation, and remediation.

Our mission

The mission of the Centre is to articulate, analyse, frame, and – most importantly – devise strategies, modes of engagement, and ways of governing that address the root causes of crisis and build resilience to future societal risks in a manner that is democratic, just, and inclusive. Our engagement with these challenges will cut through traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Centre seeks to establish itself as a globally recognised centre of excellence for the study, monitoring, and management of crises in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world. 

Upcoming events

Crisis of empire in Hong Kong: The art of being poorly governed

13:00 - 14:00 02 June 2020

The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at The University of Manchester invites you for a virtual session. In light of recent Hong Kong protests and longer history of democracy action, this talk will discuss popular protest and crackdown under the current Covid-19 social distancing rules in Hong Kong. What will renewed protest look like..

Glacier loss and the climate change crisis: Evidence from Patagonia and the last glacial maximum

13:00 - 14:00 16 June 2020

The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at The University of Manchester invites you for a virtual session. Globally, mountain glaciers are shrinking and receding, resulting in changing meltwater availability for downstream populations, increased hazards such as outburst floods, rockfalls, and glacier detachments and surges. Climate chang..

Disaster resilient infrastructure: A tale of two floods

13:00 - 14:00 23 June 2020

The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at The University of Manchester invites you for a virtual session. Globally rainfall patterns are changing due to climate change, introducing major challenges to the resilience infrastructure especially in developing countries such as Iraq and Thailand. A need to invest in more climate-resilient in..

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Contact us

David Schultz
Centre for Atmospheric Science
Email: david.schultz@manchester.ac.uk

Pon Souvannaseng
Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation
Email: p.souvannaseng@manchester.ac.uk