Research Themes

HADRI has three main thematic research areas, all of which intersect:

Disaster Preparedness, Response and Management

International guidelines such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and the SPHERE project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are supporting an increasingly sophisticated response to population preparedness and response to disasters. This HADRI theme examines public policy, international standards and scholarly research within the disaster management sector. The DRM theme has a particular focus on ethics and accountability, specifically the factors that govern their translation into organisational philosophies and implementation as operational outcomes achieved with affected communities. DRM also informs disaster epidemiology work within our team, including population health and mental health effects of disasters and both the research and policy frameworks which support effective linking of relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) programs.

Migration and Diaspora

During times of natural disaster, human-induced disaster and complex emergencies, diaspora communities have proven to be key partners in the provision of humanitarian aid and development, liaising with governments in affected countries, donor states and international organisations. Their close connections to local communities, make them important humanitarian actors in situations of humanitarian relief, early recovery and development. This theme examines the contributions and transnational connections of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in relief and development settings as well as countries of origin, asylum and resettlement. It explores the social, cultural and economic impacts and contributions of diaspora communities across these contexts. In addition, this theme also works with migrant communities settled in Australia on various issues and debates to inform program and policy.

Human Security and Sustainable Development

The framework of Human Security extends traditional concerns about state security to include threats to livelihoods that may come from climate change, erosion, depleted food systems, human rights abuses or the lack of health, education, gender equality, shelter and employment opportunities. In this sense Human Security articulates with the concept of Sustainable Development, as articulated in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a road-map to a just transition from a fossil fuel economy to more equal global society that utilises principles of development that does not take resources from future generations. This theme articulates strongly with the two other HADRI themes in the key concept areas.