Massey University - Joint Centre for Disaster Research


Active research ranges from business risk management to natural hazards planning, specific natural hazards and societal response to disasters. A Diploma, Masterate and PhD are offered in Emergency Management.

Specific research strengths in natural hazards include coastal erosion, floods, landslides and volcanic hazards by staff in the School for People, Environment & Planning and the Institute of Natural Resources. Social science research has centred on post-traumatic stress syndrome and the ability of communities to prepare for disasters. The University publishes the electronic journal the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies.



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