Disaster resilience

Disaster resilience

Forums and events

Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) holds regular forums and events to bring together disaster resilience professionals and disseminate current research and best practices in the field.

Thursday 26 November
Risk, Reform, Resilience - Broadening Resilience to Emerging Non-Traditional Events
including the
10th Annual Professor Frederick 'Skip' Burkle Jnr Keynote Lecture
Register here
Please see the 2015 Program for more information.

Learn from the best

MIRI offers research students the chance to work alongside world leaders in injury prevention.


Disaster resilience has become an integral part of Australia's ability to anticipate and respond to man-made and natural disasters that pose population-level threats to society, the national economy and the environment. From fire, drought and flood, to the long-term impacts of climate change, we recognise the growing importance of preparing communities to help themselves. 

We are making significant gains in the area of disaster resilience with the aim of improving community preparedness and recovery in the event of a disaster.

MUDRI / EMV Compendium of Case studies

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Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) share a strong interest in helping communities develop their resilience, particularly in the setting of disasters / emergencies. As a result a compendium of these studies is being compiled.

This Compendium aims to support community-led resilience initiatives. If you think you can contribute, please review the compendium guidelines (MS WORD 60kB).

Through high-quality research, education and community engagement, we are challenging and supporting communities, governments and organisations to strengthen their resilience against major disasters.

Gender and Disaster Pod

Gender and Disaster POD

The Gender & Disaster (GAD) Pod is an initiative of two Victorian Women's Health organisations, Women's Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women's Health In the North (WHIN), working in partnership with MIRI. The GAD Pod will build on the many initiatives emerging from foundational research conducted by WHGNE researchers Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria.

Monash has a strong track-record in research related to disaster resilience. In bringing together the University's talent, resources, and research we are making a significant contribution to disaster risk reduction. Our ambition is backed by our expertise across many areas including:

  • disaster epidemiology
  • injury prevention and management
  • emergency and disaster health
  • terrorism research and response
  • robotics for rescue, relief, security and emergency management
  • natural resource management
  • sustainable communities
  • long term health implications of emergency/ major events
  • communications systems (early warning systems)
  • human factors and systems research
  • emergency management and response
  • basic, clinical and health social sciences across many disciplines.

Our research is driven by the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI)