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Centre for Risk, Resilience and Renewal

The UC Centre for Risk, Resilience and Renewal (UCR3) was established following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 to consolidate the University’s internationally recognised strengths in hazard and disaster teaching and research.

Experience and Expertise:

Because of the internationally acknowledged quality of the University’s response, both institutionally and academically, the University of Canterbury is uniquely qualified to host and support UCR3 through a combination of passionate and well qualified academic and professional staff able to lead and promote the development, dissemination and application of knowledge in risk, preparedness, response and recovery from major adverse events.
UCR3’s staff and associates have a wide range of skills and experience to contribute, from hands on operational emergency management experience through to applied academic knowledge. Internationally recognised experts also contribute to selected UCR3 teaching programmes as applicable.


The goal of the Centre is to improve understanding of risk, resilience and renewal; and to apply this to development of improved strategies for risk reduction, development of resilience and implementation of post-disaster renewal. This will be done by scientific but practice-aligned research, by practically relevant professional and academic education programmes, by strong linkages with international organisations in relevant fields, and by promulgating our advances widely and effectively. Through its work, UCR3 will become a nationally and internationally recognised Centre of Excellence contributing positively to community capability and resilience, as they relate to natural and human caused disasters.

Chris Hawker


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    Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800
    Christchurch 8140
    New Zealand
  • Physical
    Level 3, Room 304
    Department of Geological Sciences
    Von Haast Building
    Ilam Campus
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    0800 GO-UCR3 (46 8273)
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