About the Centre

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The Centre provides leadership, coordination and delivery of research and teaching in disaster risk and emergency management. Our approach is multi-disciplinary with a focus on psychology and psychological aspects of disasters and emergency response and recovery. Staff and students at JCDR research the impacts of natural, man-made and environmental disasters on communities, looking for ways to improve how societies manage these potential risks. Our goal is to develop good response and recovery plans and community preparedness, in the face of hazard events.

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Study with the Centre

The Centre coordinates the emergency management teaching programme that is entering its 27th year, producing over 100 graduates.

Learn more from our study emergency management pages.

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Where can you find us

The Centre is a section of the School of psychology, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Staff and students are based at the Wellington Campus of Massey University.

Our partnerships include a range of local and international organisations including GNS Science, Geonet, University of Canterbury and University of Auckland. We also work closely with a number of government agencies and other leading specialists in the emergency management field.

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Disaster hub

JCDR launched the disaster hub in 2015 as a facility where staff with an interest in emergency management can congregate. This includes all public and private organisations, universities, and training entities.

The hub is housed in low-rise, earthquake resistant buildings on the Wellington campus covering about 500sqm. Hub partners include WREMO, New Zealand Red Cross, Earthquake Commission, and the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience.

Mexico Office

The Centre’s Dr Thomas Huggins is currently based in Colima, Mexico.  In his time there he has established relationships with the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Colima Red Cross. All three parties are working to manage public health impacts of ash fall from the Colima Volcano.  The office also works in collaboration with the NGO, Centro Machilla for Educational Evaluation and Development. They are aiming to improve earthquake drills in schools with a very high and reliable level of seismic engineering.


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