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Postgraduate Study

The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience provides a Risks Masters course and opportunities for PhD research. This includes Action for Natural Disasters (AND) Doctoral Training. 




PhD Research 

We fund and work with a group of world-leading researchers who focus upon doctoral research. We offer space, both physical and intellectual, for doctoral students working in the University on Hazard and Risk to benefit from interdisciplinary engagement from IHRR colleagues, staff and visitors.  

Resources include: 

  • Risk Masters modules 
  • public lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences 
  • special student-led research initiatives 
  • the opportunity for day-to-day exchange provided through facilities like the Gordon Manley Room, the Institute’s magnificent social space. 

We convene a Postgraduate Research Forum which is organised by PhD students to present and discuss research being undertaken across Durham University related to the themes of hazard, risk and resilience. The Postgraduate Forum meets four times a year. 

IHRR works with Departments across Durham University to host PhD students, so each student will be registered with a home department that manages admissions, progression, and examinations. 

Past PhD Titles:

  • Ensuring resilience through rebuilding post-earthquake; the case of Pakistan. Funded by Christopher Moyes Memorial Fund. 
  • Gendered impacts of disasters on healthcare access and gaps in prevailing disaster management plans. Funded by Christopher Moyes Memorial Fund. 
  • Community resilience in practice. Donor Funded. 
  • Interbasin Water-Transfer Linkages in India: The Case of Sankh-South Koel-Subarnarekha link. Durham University Doctoral Fellowship. 
  • Catchment connections: New perspectives on the role of stakeholders in catchment-scale management of water resources. ESRC Funded. 
  • Exploring local and institutional conceptualisations of flood risk using interactive mapping. NERC IAPETUS funding. 
  • Risk governance and governmentality in experimental urban adaptation from Indonesian cities. Funded by Christopher Moyes Memorial Fund.