Department of Earth Sciences

Disaster Risk Reduction

As a hub in the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS, link to, Uppsala University coordinates a unique Swedish competence for studies of natural hazards and disasters. The strength of the university builds on the combined knowledge within earth, engineering, and social sciences. Earth sciences are central to this new science area.

A disaster takes place when a vulnerable society meets a natural hazard e.g. flooding, volcanic eruption, or earthquake. Nowadays, most societies have efficient means to e.g. evacuate and shelter in emergency situations, but they are also more vulnerable because of their dependence on complex societal and technological infrastructures. Since disasters are created when nature crashes with society, coordinated research efforts are needed from social, earth, and engineering sciences in order to predict, mitigate, or prevent them.

Disaster risk reduction research at Uppsala University takes place within CNDS, a joint initiative by Uppsala University, Karlstad University and Swedish Defence University. Within Uppsala University, PhD students and researchers collaborate between earth, engineering, and social sciences. The main part of the scientific work is carried out by early career scientists, i.e. PhD projects and postdocs.

More information:

Contact persons:

Johanna Mård, CNDS Coordinator

Giuliano Di Baldassarre, CNDS Director