Disaster Management Centre Telephone: +44(0)1202 961260
Postgraduate Research

BUDMC conducts internationally recognised, innovative research, contributing fresh ideas and mission critical findings to assist policy making and professional practice in crisis and disaster management across the world.


The Centre is an exciting, interactive community where contemporary applied research meets professional practice training.


Our researchers publish in premier research outlets on crisis and disaster management and regularly convene research panels at prestigious and internationally competitive research conferences.  Recent conventions include the Global Risk Forum (Davos) and the International Studies Association (USA).


BUDMC undertakes major externally funded research projects for international partners including the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on travel and tourism crisis management, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on ‘Hotel Resilience’.


The centre has developed a thriving and vibrant research community, drawing upon its associate lecturers, PhD and post-doctoral researchers and visiting international fellows.  Our research covers a wide spectrum of crisis and disaster management agendas, including:

  1. • Entrepreneurial resilience.
  2. • Innovation in disaster management.
  3. • African disaster management.
  4. • Democracy and crisis management.
  5. • High reliability organisations and disasters.
  6. • Health emergency planning.
  7. • Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and disaster preparedness.
  8. • Crisis leadership.
  9. • Resettlement and community resilience.


Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management (Lee Miles) and Head of BUDMC (Richard Gordon) provide the strategic research leadership to the Centre’s dedicated research team.


Our researchers are actively encouraged to develop innovative opportunities to see their ideas impact upon the policy and professional practices of governments, institutions and organisations.  Our research has already impacted, and continues to impact, upon disaster management planning and procedures across the world, including governments, public sector agencies and private sector resilience. Our researchers contribute actively to new innovative simulations and exercising techniques and platforms informing contemporary professional practice and training.


If you are interested in becoming part of this thriving research community or simply wish to find out more about the work of the centre, please contact Professor Lee Miles.