I am pleased to announce the first issue of IHRR’s new magazine Hazard Risk Resilience. Inside you will find articles on some of IHRR’s exciting research projects at Durham University with special attention given to findings from the research. Now and in the future we aim for this publication (available online and in print) to help support practitioners in the field of disaster and risk management as well as for those who work in policy, but also for anyone interested in gaining a better foothold on some the interdisciplinary research IHRR specialises in especially on some of the biggest challenges the world faces today such as climate change, governance of emerging technologies and increasing the resilience of communities to large-scale disasters.
Communicating the research we and others do is important for engaging with and disseminating new ideas from both the physical and social sciences and humanities to help make a difference in the lives of people who are constantly threatened by a multitude of hazards and risks, namely communities who live in less developed countries. While these three terms – hazard, risk and resilience – are broad, in order to resolve problems in mitigating or finding new ways to live with hazard and risk and to build resilience, we think they share a special relationship.
In the first issue of Hazard Risk Resilience we explore the viral term ‘tipping point’ in describing unique events in physical, social and biological systems and what this means for society as a whole; how coffee East Africa’s number one cash crop is threatened by a rapidly changing climate; investigate social housing struggles in Bangladesh after the Cyclone Sidr disaster; and how to regenerate the soil of brownfield land using recycled minerals that can also benefit community wellbeing. These topics and much more are explored in Hazard Risk Resilience.
An eclectic mix no doubt, but while connections between this diverse array of topics might not appear at first I think if you look close enough, they will.