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Completed Projects

 CEDRRiC Project Village

Community-based Earthquake Disaster Risk Reduction in China (CEDRRiC) 

January 2016 - January 2019 

Earthquakes are a major threat to lives, livelihoods, and economic development in China. Of the 2-2.5 million deaths in earthquakes worldwide since 1900, at least 650,000 have occurred in China 


Mapping Flood Extent in Nepal for the 2017 Monsoon 

Rainfall generated flooding is a significant annual problem in the Himalaya, especially in the latter stages of monsoon season. To reduce the impacts on communities we normally apply hydrological and hydraulic simulation models and analysis to test a range of mitigation scenarios. For these tools to work, we need detailed datasets on the flood flows, floodplain topography and the inundated extent within the floodplain areas.  

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Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions (HIVE) 

Claire Horwell, Earth Sciences (2015 - 2019) 

HIVE is a research consortium that compiled an evidence base on the effectiveness and suitability of different forms of respiratory protection for general population use during volcanic crises. Results of the laboratory work have been used by NGOs and communities in Indonesia in decision making on mask procurement during the eruption of Agung volcano. 

HIVE website 


Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA) 

Nick Rosser, Geography (2002 - 2019) 

Exploring the relationship between cliff rock falls and their association with marine and weather conditions using advanced monitoring and modelling techniques. 

COBRA website 



Sim Reaney, Geography (2009 - 2018) 

A national demonstration test catchment for monitoring the River Eden to reduce risks of diffuse pollution from agriculture. 

EdenDTC website 


Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF) 

Alex Densmore, Geography (2012 - June 2018) 

A multidisciplinary project studying the physical environment of the continental interiors and vulnerabilities of communities who live in these areas. 

Read more about Earthquakes Without Frontiers. 


Multi-dimensional Perspectives on Flood Risk 

October 2014 – April 2018 

A multi-disciplinary project using a novel participatory framework to work with people at risk from flooding in re-imagining flood risk communications to help build preparedness and resilience. 

Find out more about Multi-Dimensional Perspectives on Flood Risk


COST Action IS1101 

Andrew Baldwin, Geography (2013 - 2016) 

Climate Change and Migration: knowledge, law and policy and theory. 



Susana Carro-Ripalda, Anthropology 

GMFuturos is a cross-cultural comparative study on the debates, perceptions and practices surrounding GM technologies in Mexico, Brazil and India. 


Regeneration of Brownfield Using Sustainable Technologies (ROBUST) 

Karen Johnson, Engineering (2012 - 2015) 

ROBUST investigates the role of sustainable technologies for recovering brownfield land and is searching for ways to transform land formerly used by industry into a valuable resource. 

Find out more about Regeneration of Brownfield Land Using Sustainable Technologies



The SESAME project aims to understand and model the effects of flooding on the UK’s small / medium businesses and the wider economy, along with helping businesses to be better prepared for flooding in the future. 


Tipping Points 

Sarah Curtis, Geography (2012 - 2015) 

Use of the tipping point metaphor in academia and the media has accelerated recently. Through a series of work packages that bring together researchers from the sciences and humanities, this project will discover how 'tipping point' is used and whether it describes actual socioeconomic or physical events in the world we live in. 


Securing against Future Events 

Louise Amoore, Geography (2012 - 2015) 

SaFE investigates the use of security protocols, pre-emptions and technologies to safeguard against future terrorist attacks. 


The Water Hub

The Water Hub is a new collaborative initiative between Durham University, Durham County Council, the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water. 

The aim is to engage with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the North East of England to identify and develop innovative, practical solutions to challenges in the region’s water sector. 

The project, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will deliver support to SMEs through challenge events, partnership working, flexible small grants and access to test facilities. 

Project features 

  • Challenge events will offer SMEs the chance to work on specific problems to try and find innovative solutions. Suitable solutions will be tested and further developed using live testing facilities. 
  • Innovations partnerships will facilitate the development of new networks of SMEs, partners and researchers with the aim of bringing people together to form new, exciting collaborations. 
  • A number of small grants, which can be made available at different stages in the innovation process. Grants will have a value of between £1000 and £5000, to be fully matched by the SME. 
  • A range of test facilities to encourage and facilitate new product development and assist with market feasibility testing. These facilities including residential homes, laboratories and supply chains, to help test and develop innovative ideas. 
  • Valuable mentoring and facilitation to SMEs which in turn will help to develop ideas further, open up new supply chains and connect SMEs with research innovation services across the North East of England. 

“The Water Hub is all about harnessing the talent and technology of the North East business community to solve real challenges that affect us all, in areas such as water efficiency, water cleaning and flooding. 

“We are really excited to be launching this ambitious initiative and look forward to sharing lots of valuable opportunities with businesses we can work with in the near future.” 

Professor Louise Bracken, Scientific Director of The Water Hub and Executive Director of IHRR 

Read more on The Water Hub website.