How does a community make itself resilient to future disasters?  

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk; International Centre of Excellence LogoThis is a question that the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University/GNS Science) and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office are seeking to answer. The Wellington region has been designated as the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience, as part of a United Nations initiative to enhance the regional and research focus of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.

The International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience is composed of a number of key organisations across the Wellington region, each of which play a fundamental role in the research into, and implementation of, disaster preparedness.  Through partnerships at the local, national and international level, leading research will be applied to the practice of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office’s Community Resilience Strategy.

Community Resilience Strategy

Community Resilience Strategy (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Resilient communities are able to plan for, respond to and thrive after a disastrous event. At the heart of a resilient community is a robust set of social networks which help people address the challenges in their day-to-day lives, as well as those that occur in times of extreme stress.

The implementation and outcomes of this strategy will in turn become a primary research focus of the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience.

The International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience was launched in March 2014.

The key objectives of the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience are to:
  • Provide an evidence base for the  Community Resilience Strategy.
  • To create networks that share international good practice in community resilience
  • To promote the Wellington region as a living laboratory for research and learning.

Find out more 

Further information is available from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research's website.