Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM)


2. What we do

As a body that is committed to research on natural disasters, its prevention and mitigation, we strive to deliver our mission goals, both regionally and internationally, through (a) Research; (b) Education & Training; (c) Workshop & Training Courses; and (d) Outreach & Networking activities.

a) Research

Our main core activities being research-based, our approach is holistic and integrated (science, technology, impact, vulnerability & governance). The ultimate objective is always to prevent or better manage the effects of hazards, be they Climatic HazardsGeological Hazards or Technological Hazards.

  • Climatic Hazards: Conduct research and strengthen capacity to support the national agenda on adaptation to extreme weather and climate change. The focus of research includes disaster prevention, risk reduction and management, post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Aspects taken into account are science and technology for disaster risk reduction, socio-economic impacts and vulnerability assessments, education and awareness as well as governance for human security and sustainability.
  • Geological Hazards: Also, geohazards, include all geological or hydrological processes. Geological hazards include earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, slope failures, debris flows, subsidence and sinkholes. Aims to strengthen the emerging international strategy for disaster mitigation and prevention. To shift the focus of current practices, from a responsive to a more preventive approach.
  • Technological Hazards: Our research is currently focused on reducing chemical hazards, which is a relatively unexplored field in the Asian region. This is in line with the priority of the government in establishing an efficient national system on chemical management.

see also Research Programme and Projects

b) Education and Training

The main education activity is in the form of Postgraduate courses. Presently SEADPRI offers graduate research programmes in Masters and Doctoral/ PhD levels which involves studies relating to disaster in the following areas:

  • Policy and Disaster Management
  • Climatic Hazards
  • Geological Hazards
  • Technological Hazards

see also Postgraduate Programme

c) Workshop and Training Courses

We also conduct workshops and training courses on specialised subjects pertaining to the fields of environmental and technological hazards, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and policy, governance and disaster management.

see also Workshop-Training Courses

d) Outreach and Networking

In order to develop knowledge and disseminate information and technology. We collaborate with other agencies and institutions to synergise expertise. We identify and reach out to stakeholders to facilitate/enable technology transfer.

see also Networking and Projects


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