Oxford Brookes' Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) receives major award for work with householders after disasters

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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A team from the Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Development and Emergency Practice - CENDEP - has received a £690,000 share of £14.8M from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), for a joint project focused on helping householders respond to major disasters, by creating shelter in extreme circumstances.

The researchers say that earthquakes, storms, floods, and conflict cause substantial damage to housing, infrastructure, services, agriculture and livelihoods. Householders themselves are invariably the first to respond, and the majority -  80 to 90% - receive little or no assistance from the international community and they become the main drivers of their own recovery process or 'self-recovery'.

The project, led by the CENDEP and CARE International UK, is in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, CRAterre and the British Geological Survey. The work builds on previous research based on understanding how housing self-recovery works to develop guidance and tools, which will help operational agencies support the process.

Charles Parrack, Subject Coordinator: Shelter after Disaster for CENDEP, commented:

“For us at the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, collaboration with development practitioners and agencies who are directly involved in humanitarian aid is a key part of our research strategy. This grant enables us to work with partners to show how research can lead to better practice in post disaster recovery.”

The GCRF is used to develop practical tools to help millions of people around the world. The projects cover a wide range of issues from flooding and plastic pollution to animal diseases and unsafe water. They will be delivered by 18 partnerships between UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and organisations from across low and middle income countries.

UKRI Director of International Development, Professor Helen Fletcher, said:“This is a really exciting opportunity to fund 18 projects through the Global Research Translation awards. Each and every one will make a massive difference to peoples’ lives in communities spread across the world to ensure some of the most challenged communities have a brighter future.

“Over the next year and a half, UK researchers will work with their international counterparts, policy makers, businesses and local organisations to turn promising research into solutions that can be taken forward through various pathways such as spin-out companies and social enterprises to make a positive difference to people who live with the reality of challenges such as climate change, poor sanitation and disease every day.”

Find out more about courses and activities at CENDEP in the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture.

You can find out more about the awards on the UK Research and Innovation website.