To deepen the understanding of disasters and find
implementable solutions to achieve disaster resilience, by
integrating knowledge and technologies from around the world.


The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) was established through an initiative of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University in March 2015. It is a global collaborative network of research institutes engaged in furtherance of disaster risk science knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters. A major stimulus for the formation of GADRI was the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 that called for prioritising understanding of disaster risks at global and regional levels which was adopted in the same year in Sendai at the Third UN World Conference for DRR.

5th Global Summit of GADRI: Held online


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A panoramic of part of Mayfield, Kentucky in the Midwest of the U.S. following the December 2021 Enhanced Fujita 4 tornado estimated to have winds approaching 300 kph. Photo credit: Prof. John van de Lindt, Colorado State University, USA.

  • To establish a global research network
  • To provide a research roadmap, and plans and organization of disaster research groups
  • To promote capacity development of disaster research institutes and enhance researcher and student exchange
  • To promote exchange and sharing of data and information for scientific research across the world
  • To serve as an advocacy organization to present views in an effort to influence decision-making processes.

GADRI Strives to:




GADRI and the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

GADRI strongly contribute to the implementation of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Science and Technology Roadmap.

GADRI activities are not limited to the above!

Organizational Structure

The structure of GADRI consists of:

Currently GADRI Secretariat is hosted by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

GADRI Regional Alliances

GADRI has become the foundation for many international joint research networks, and has created a system to promote disaster prevention science & technology roadmaps and action plans. As a result, GADRI regional networks are formed in:


Membership is open to institutes with an aim to contribute to the advancement of disaster risk reduction and resilience research. Various research institutions from around the world have joined GADRI among which are universities, networks, organizations in collaboration with UN agencies such as UNDRR, UNESCO, UNU, International Science Council (ISC) and others. GADRI membership is free of charge.

Currently, there are 210 GADRI members based in 53 economies that constitute as the GADRI General Assembly.

GADRI Member Institutes

Geographical Distribution
As of 31 March 2022

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Member Institutions of the Board of  Directors

The Board of Directors is established on a broad geographical basis with regard to academic, scientific, educational and disaster vulnerability trends in the world, and recognizing the designated research areas. The Board consists of 11 member institutions serving in their individual capacity, who are nominated by the Secretariat and approved by the GADRI General Assembly which is made up of the member institutions of GADRI.



  • Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

Europe and Africa

  • Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS), Germany
  • Institute for Risk and Disaster Research, University College London, UK
  • Research Center for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK

Asia, Japan, and Oceania

  • Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR), Sichuan University, China
  • International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO, Japan
  • International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan
  • Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand


  • Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University, Canada
  • National Unit for Disaster Risk Management in Colombia (NGRD), Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres (UNGRD), Colombia
  • Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, Colorado State University, USA
  • Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, USA
Message from the Secretary-General of GADRI

Since its inception in March 2015, GADRI has rapidly moved forward and recognized by the international community for its efforts to contribute to disaster risk reduction and resilience.

We combine our efforts with various international actors and stakeholders at global, national, governmental, and UN levels.

GADRI activities are recognized worldwide and especially by the UNDRR as a direct partner of its activities. During the 4th Global Summit of GADRI held in March 2019, GADRI directly contributed to the contextualization of the UNDRR Science and Technology Roadmap and shared its recommendations at the UNDRR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Geneva, Switzerland in May 2019.

During the 5th Global Summit of GADRI in August 2021, GADRI contributed its recommendations on climate change and adaptation to the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) held in Glasgow, UK in November 2021 through the UK Research and Innovations (UKRI). GADRI will also share its recommendations from the August 2021 Global Summit of GADRI at the Global Platform for DRR (GP22) to be held in Bali, Indonesia in May 2022.

With GADRI vision in mind, an expectation from you is your contributions to current research gaps linking to your areas of research to achieve disaster risk reduction in the real world; and to share evidence-based research among members and other stakeholders to strengthen knowledge and mutually derived understanding.

I look forward to working together to join our efforts to overcome disaster risk prevention and reduction. Thank you for your continued support to GADRI.

Prof. Hirokazu Tatano
Secretary-General, GADRI;
Head, Social Systems for Disaster Risk Governance,
DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan


GADRI Secretariat
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)

Kyoto University, Uji Campus,
Gokasho, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

TEL +81-774-38-4651