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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

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Communicating Lethal Risks

13:00 - 14:00 26 January 2021

The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation presents Dr. Carina Fearnley, Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies, and the Director of the UCL Warning Research Centre. The 2009 L’Aquila 6.3 magnitude earthquake sent a ‘shockwave’ through the hazard scientific community, causing scientists to become increasingly concerned..

Careers in Humanitarianism Day 2021

12 February 2021

Our annual Careers in Humanitarianism Day is returning for the 8th time in February 2021 - virtually! This is a brilliant opportunity for our students, and wider community, to hear and learn from experts in their field about working in the humanitarian sector. Find out more about relevant issues such as the need to decolonise aid, mental heal..

The Masculinities of Humanitarianism: Governing and Gendering Syrian Refugee Men

15:00 - 17:00 18 February 2021

Dr Lewis Turner, Newcastle University, will be sharing material from his latest book, and discussing questions of masculinity and gender in humanitarianism. Exact agenda tbh Speaker bio: Lewis Turner is Lecturer in International Politics of Gender at Newcastle University, UK. He is a political ethnographer of humanitarianism in ‘the Middl..

Bombing Walls: Graffiti and Street Art in Conflict-Affected Spaces

15:00 - 17:00 04 March 2021

Join the ICCG for a discussion on 'Bombing walls: Perspectives on the functions of graffiti and street art in conflict-affected spaces' The International Consortium for Conflict Graffiti (ICCG) is a consortium of researchers. Led by The University of Manchester, in collaboration with the University of Waterloo in Canada and the Stockholm Inte..

HCRI Research Seminar: Human Shields and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Gaza

15:00 - 17:00 15 April 2021

From Syrian civilians locked in iron cages to veterans joining peaceful indigenous water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, from Sri Lanka to Iraq and from Yemen to the United States, human beings have been used as shields for protection, coercion, or deterrence. Over the past decade, human shields have also appeared with incre..

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Contact us

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