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The mission of the Disaster Research Institute is to build a knowledge resource on disaster management which will enhance and enrich the academic pursuits of the University, and meet the needs of Canadian and international agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, which respond to the demands created by disasters.

To this end, the DRI is situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. The University features undergraduate and graduate programs in most contemporary liberal arts, science and professional disciplines. The Disaster Research Institute is one of a small number of institutes that foster interdisciplinary approaches to basic and applied problems.

The DRI conducts interdisciplinary research in disaster-

  • monitoring
  • prediction
  • prevention
  • mitigation
  • relief
  • recovery
  • management

Multidisciplinary research activities are undertaken as collaborative projects by members of the Departments of-

  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Botany
  • City Planning
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

In addition, the Institute has access to the expertise of associate members who may be employed in-

  • other universities
  • consulting firms
  • government departments
  • non-governmental organizations
  • civic emergency management