About the Centre

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We provide 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.

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.

Contact us

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Disaster hub

We launched the disaster hub in 2015 as a facility where staff and anyone with an interest in emergency management can congregate. 

The hub is housed in low-rise, earthquake resistant buildings on the Wellington campus.

Read about the hub

Mexico Office

The Centre’s Dr Thomas Huggins is currently based in Colima, Mexico.

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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