Building safer communities and industries through innovative research with real world impact.

Risks such as climate change, natural hazard events and COVID-19 are changing the world we live in. They require new approaches that support resilience building and innovative solutions.

The Risk, Disaster and Resilience (RDR) Network tailor-makes research and training to support our end users assess, plan for and manage their risk and impacts, before, during and after events.

The Risky Women forum on 28 June 2022 brought together four of our most exciting female researchers at VU, to discuss how risks are becoming more complex and unpredictable.

It unpacks risks such as:

  • arson
  • violent extremism
  • climate change and natural hazards
  • risks in our built environment.

Our researchers point to new directions for how individuals, communities and organisations think and manage risk.

Watch the full one-hour panel discussion or listen to the podcast.

Key expertise


Community development, health and economics.


Climate, ecology, fire and water.


Emergency management, public safety and training.

Built infrastructure

Water, energy, green and sustainable infrastructures and their use.

Systems & strategy

Policies, foresighting and the future workforce.

Read more about the expertise of the RDR Network.

Meet some members of the Risk Disaster and Resilience Network - a research team formed in 2021, to identify multiple areas of risk, including Climate Change.

Discover how VU researchers are shaping and working to create solutions that make our communities safer and more resilient.

Contact us

For further information, please email [email protected].