Joint Centre for Disaster Research


Welcome to these web pages, which describe the research, teaching and outreach activities in which the Joint Centre for Disaster Research is involved.

This Centre is a joint venture between Massey University and GNS Science, is located within the School of Psychology and is based at the Wellington Campus of Massey University


Joint Centre for Disaster Research

The Centre undertakes multi-disciplinary applied teaching and research aimed at understanding the impacts of disasters on communities, improving risk management and enhancing community preparedness, response and recovery from various hazard events.

Our publication pages provide access to the newsletters, research reports, journal articles and other outputs created by our staff, students and affiliates.

Massey University has expanded its emergency management qualifications to better equip graduates for the rapidly evolving profession of emergency management.  Check out our teaching programmes to find out what qualification may best suit your needs.

Our Outreach programme is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals.  Our Summer Institute provides a development platform for those involved in emergency management, while conferences, seminars and workshops provide networking and skill updating opportunities.




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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) based Emergency Management taster course.


Accentuating the positive out of earthquake adversity
Tuesday 23 February 2016
An innovative study by Massey University researchers explores how nurses have coped in a positive way with the personal and professional effects of...
Opinion: Nurturing nature pivotal to climate change response
Monday 14 December 2015
The Paris climate change talks bring to the fore the connectedness of the world we now live in. Climate change is an upfront example of what happens...
New thinking for climate change impact on coasts
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Irrespective of the success or otherwise of the Paris climate change conference, New Zealand needs to grapple with adapting to a changing climate,...
Writer’s climate change play goes global
Thursday 19 November 2015
A short play highlighting a Pacific perspective on climate change is being staged at theatres in the United States as part of a global theatre...

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