Disasters Research Group

The Disasters Research Group (DRG) has been regularly convened informally since 2009 for members to enhance research and technology-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) through improved coordination of UK and international funders, research providers and users. This is done by sharing information on research and investment plans or policy interests and to gain an update on international research initiatives. It largely comprises of UK research funders or experts linked to international disaster reduction initiatives to promote coordination, networking and collaboration opportunities at the UK and international level.

What are the aims?

The aim of the DRG is to deliver components of the UK’s commitment to disaster risk reduction investments, initiatives, investments and impacts.

In doing this, the DRG performs the following roles:

  1. share information on UK funding activities and encourage collaboration between its members and others, where appropriate;
  2. provide funders, research providers and users with readily available and relevant information on research gaps and foci that may support relevant and/or associated mapping works;
  3. develop and recommend processes to facilitate and sustain research uptake across multiple user communities;
  4. provide funders, research providers and users with readily accessible and relevant knowledge resources and tools for DRR; and
  5. influence the international and national research and innovation agenda for DRR.

Who are the members?

The DRG is comprised of senior representation from organisations supporting DRR research, either through direct funding, collaborative support, provision of service in-kind, or other indirect means. This includes UK research funders (such as UK Research and Innovation), government departments (such as the Government Office for Science), and think tanks (such as the Overseas Development Institute).

 

Key Outputs

Among its main highlights, the DRG earned recognition by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and were credited as one of the bodies that strongly supported the inclusion and emphasis of science and technology solutions within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the latest global framework to strengthen disaster resilience.