The Centre for Disaster Studies (CDS)

College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

The Centre for Disaster Studies is a multi-disciplinary research unit dedicated to the study of the impacts of disaster and the translation of this research into effective policy recommendations, industry standards, and community actions, both national and international. We apply our expertise to a range of hazards—floods, droughts, cyclones, severe wind events, tsunamis, storm surge, sea level rise, bushfires, heat waves, environmental pollutants, and disease outbreaks, among others—and their interconnections.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
Building 34, College of Science and Engineering, 1 James Cook Drive, Bebegu Yumba Campus, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811

Strengths and capabilities

  • Natural hazards and extreme events
  • Integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  • Land use planning for disaster risk reduction
  • Resilience for the built, natural, economic, and social environments
  • Impacts of disasters on individuals, families, and communities
  • Community based vulnerability and capacity assessment
  • Community mapping for disaster risk reduction and recovery
  • Post disaster assessment for response and recovery
  • Social network analysis for disaster resilience
  • Sustainable development and redevelopment

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