About


Delivering world-class interdisciplinary research & innovation to improve the whole-system response & resilience of infrastructure, institutions & communities against extreme events and critical incidents, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) was established in 2014 at the University of Melbourne.

CDMPS strives to promote disaster management research at the University of Melbourne. It fosters interdisciplinary research collaborations, provides training and skills development for our community of researchers, and promotes knowledge exchange and impact with regional, national and international stakeholders.

The Centre provides research facilities for disaster management researchers at Masters level and above. The building provides a workspace for higher degree researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as visiting scholars and research groups. The Centre hosts a wide range of collaborative, training and engagement activities.

Through consultation with key stakeholders and a review of research on major disasters and further review in 2016, CDMPS has identified five key priority areas that are critical for enhancing disaster management practice and policy:

  1. Understanding and Mitigating Extreme Events and Critical Incidents
  2. Enabling Technology, Informatics and Analytics
  3. Improving Whole-Life Infrastructure System Performance and Resilience
  4. Strengthening Organisational, Institutional and Community Resilience
  5. Enhancing Policy and Decision Making

We welcome questions about the Centre and suggestions for research and engagement activities. Please contact us at cdmps-info@unimelb.edu.au.