The Risk, Disaster and Resilience (RDR) Network at Victoria University (VU) is made up of experienced researchers who work collaboratively to address some of the big risks we face today.

Who we are

The Risk, Disaster and Resilience (RDR) Network responds to the emerging needs of our partners by bringing together Victoria University’s risk research and training experts to work collaboratively to achieve sustainable and transformative outcomes.

Our guiding principles are to:

  • collaborate and co-design
  • focus on our end users’ needs and contexts
  • measure success through end user impact
  • model inclusive practice and provide accessible research.

The RDR Network is an initiative of the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC). It is facilitated by the working group who work to enable collaborative capability across Victoria University research and our partners.

What we do

We undertake research that addresses systemic global changes at a local level by matching our researchers with your specific context and need.

Our researchers are experienced in working with a diverse range of stakeholders to find practical solutions to risk-based issues. As a dual-sector organisation, training and learning is embedded in our programs and solutions.

Our researchers offer four different approaches that are used to develop different types of solutions and outcomes:

  • Single disciplinary research focuses on issues requiring a specific area of expertise and focus.
  • Multidisciplinary research uses more than one area of research to provide separate reports or outcomes that may fall under a common theme or area of interest.
  • Interdisciplinary research is where different disciplines inform, modify and enhance each other’s work during the research process and the final outcomes provides a synthesis of these.
  • Transdisciplinary research brings together different sources of knowledge and expertise to work collaboratively towards a shared outcome. The final outputs aim to create new knowledge and transformative outcomes through blending this knowledge.

Our partners include agencies, organisations and individuals in federal, state and local government, emergency services, energy, transport, infrastructure, environmental, health, and community sectors.

To find out more about the scope of our network’s experience and our partners, please visit our programs.

Contact us

For further information, please email [email protected].