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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

HCRI Landmark Lecture: When Wounds Travel

15:00 - 17:00 22 October 2020

Join Dr Omar Dewachi (Rutgers University) and chair Dr Stephanie Sodero (HCRI) virtually, for a fascinating discussion on the movement of wounds: physical, social and political. Decades of war and violence in the Middle East have left vast numbers of war injured and disabled populations with the quest of seeking care and recovery. From Iraq,..

HCRI and UK-MED: A partnership to tackle growing humanitarian need

18:00 - 19:00 10 November 2020

Today, more people are in need of humanitarian assistance than ever before. An increasing number of disease outbreaks, natural disasters and conflict is placing additional strain on already overwhelmed health services globally. Against this backdrop, collaboration between academic and operational partners has never been more vital. Join us as..

Research Seminar: Creative Engagement

15:00 - 17:00 26 November 2020

Join Professor Jenny Edkins (University of Manchester) and chair Dr Nat O'Grady (HCRI) for a virtual research seminar on creative engagement in response to disaster and atrocity. The seminar will discuss the possibilities of life-writing, poetry, textiles, installations and other forms of creative engagement that might be thought of as more..

End of term Lecture: Historical Revisionism and Genocide Denial

15:00 - 17:00 10 December 2020

EXACT DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED. Join Remembering Srebrenica, a charity memorialising the Bosnian genocide in 1995, along with a survivor from the genocide and a leading academic in genocide studies (tbc) for a discussion around how society remembers and rewrites these shocking events, and the act of denialism today. Sign-up will open soon:..

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Contact us

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