International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience

The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience (ICoE:CR) is based in Wellington, New Zealand. The Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University/GNS Science, and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, are coordinating this region-wide initiative to answer the question ‘How does a community make itself resilient to future disasters?’.

Our Vision

The vision of the ICoE:CR is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence to research and enable community resilience to disasters; actively collaborating with individuals, organisations, and communities in the Wellington Region.  Through partnerships at the local, national and international level, leading research will be applied to the practice of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office’s Community Resilience Strategy.

Our Objectives

  • Provide an evidence base for the Community Resilience Strategy.
  • Act as a vehicle to share international good practice in Community Resilience.
  • Promote the Wellington Region as a living laboratory for research and learning.

All members of the ICoE:CR become recognised partners in a United Nations initiative to enhance the regional and research foci of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, and will contribute to the enhancement of New Zealand’s community resilience while also becoming part of a network of national and international research and practice clusters.

If you would like to find out more about the ICoE:CR and associated organisations, please see our information sheet.
ICoE_final_Information_Sheet_2014.pdf (154 KB)

If you would like to become a member, or for further enquiries, please contact us at:

For information about the other established ICoEs, please visit the IRDR webpage here:

Publications by and with the ICoE

Kwok, A.H., Doyle, E.E.H., Becker, J., Johnston, D., Paton, D. (2016) What is 'social resilience'? Perspectives of disaster researchers, emergency manager practitioners, and policymakers in New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 19, 197-211.

Orchiston, C.; Hudson-Doyle, E.; Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Crowley, K.; Beatson, A.; Lambie, E.; Neely, D.P.; Pepperell, B. (2016). Citizen Science in Disaster Risk Management Workshop: summary report, GNS Science Miscellaneous Series 90. 35 p. Citizen Science in Disaster Risk Management Workshop (1,719 KB)

Doyle, E.H., Becker, J.S., Neely, P. D., Johnston, D.M., & Pepperell, B. (2015). Knowledge transfer between communities, practitioners, and researchers: A case study for community resilience in Wellington, New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies: Practice Update, 19(2), 55-66. This practice update summarises our 2014 workshop, and can be found here:

Dallenbach, K., Dalgliesh Waugh, C., Smith, K. (2015). Community Response Planning: A qualitative study of two Community Response Planning Processes undertaken by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office. Victoria University of Wellington. This collaborative report with WREMO can be found here: CRP_Final_Report_to_WREMO_July_2015.pdf (880 KB)

Archived Email Communications of the ICoE