Message from the Director

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Welcome to the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS). Our website will give you an insight into our Centre and its capabilities. Here you will find information about our research, training, and engagement activities.

The mission of CDMPS is to conduct multi-disciplinary research on all aspects of disaster management and public safety both nationally and internationally. Our strength is translating research into innovative solutions and tools and also to academic and executive training programs, community talks, government policy that directly meet the real-world challenges facing stakeholders in the disaster management and public safety environment. We prioritise engagement and aim to respond to the local and global challenges that disasters present through collaborative research with academic, industry and government institutions at different jurisdictional levels.

Our core purpose is to further our understanding of disasters and advance knowledge and technology to improve current disaster management practices and approaches and to transition this work to the community for enhanced outcomes. We believe that the success of any research institute lies in transferring knowledge to society for the benefit of the greater community. Therefore, our Centre activities are focused on building leading research and training programs, and engaging widely with industry, governments, and academia, both nationally and internationally.

Our research program is organised around five priority areas critical for enhancing disaster management practice and policy identified through consultation with key disaster management and public safety stakeholders and a review of research on major disaster events. These areas are addressed through the established research units of the Centre, which focus on challenges and developing innovative solutions. The inter-disciplinary composition of our Centre enables teamwork across areas ranging from structural engineering to community resilience, communications, and food security which enriches our research outcomes.

Our training program is tailored for both practitioners currently working in the field, and postgraduate students aspiring to enter the field of disaster management and public safety. The program is delivered through specialised workshops, research symposia, and conferences, and shorter intensive training programs for executive groups from government and the private sector, as well as for members of the community.

Our engagement program is central to our success as a Centre. We engage with a wide range of local, national and international stakeholders and service providers from government and the private sector of disaster and emergency management. We also work to engage with industry and communities to grow their understanding of disaster management practices and to improve public safety and community resilience to disasters. Our engagement activities are realised through joint research and [projects, as well as through forums, symposia, workshops and public lectures to reach our broad audience.

With the three years in operation, CDMPS is currently working on its next steps with a strong strategic plan. We are examining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Agenda 2030 in the context of disaster management and public safety, given that disaster risk reduction has been identified as playing a significant role in the advancement of the SDGs. We are working to build a blueprint that explores potential opportunities and that presents a framework for researchers, key industry players and government practitioners to reach the SDGs and to make the world a better place for all.

I welcome you to explore the website for more information on our research activities and outputs, and we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard