Resilient Cities and Communities

Disaster Preparedness and Resilience

Lying on the boundary of two great slowly shifting tectonic plates in the Pacific ring of fire, Aotearoa New Zealand provides unique opportunities for researchers to explore the effects of natural disasters – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis’, floods and land erosion.

Ōtautahi Christchurch has witnessed a number of natural and human disasters, such as the Christchurch Mosque Attacks, which have devastated our communities and impacted our way of life. These events have also provided learnings for Aotearoa New Zealand to build back stronger, smarter and more efficiently, developing innovative technologies, policy advancements and strategies for community resilience to share with the world.

The University of Canterbury is the home of QuakeCoRE, funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission, which focuses on research to understand and improve how our communities recover after major earthquakes. Also housed at the University of Canterbury is the Institute of Law, Emergencies and Disasters, a cluster of cross-disciplinary researchers working on all aspects of law, governance and policy related to disasters.

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