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Natural Disasters Research Institute (NDRI)


In the aftermath of the disastrous Gilan and Zanjan earthquake in 1990, the Technical Capacity Mobilization Office of Iran was established for the reconstruction of the affected areas in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) under the supervision of the Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution. By ending the World Bank's loan and approving a new statute in 1993, the Centre for Natural Disasters Mitigation Studies of Iran was established and continued its activities until 1998.

In 1998, the Centre was renamed to Natural Disasters Research and Study Centre. As a response to a national need in conducting research on natural disasters, the Centre's statute was revised in 2003. Following the permit issued by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and approved by the Higher Education Development Council, the Centre was transformed to the Natural Disasters Research Institute to address these goals:
1. Development and promotion of research in the field of natural disasters
2. Promoting the relevant research activities
At present, the Institute consists of six research groups, i.e. Crisis Management Research Group, Environmental Hazards and Meteorological Disasters Research Group, Structural Retrofitting and Reconstruction Research Group, Geological Hazards Research Group, Hydrological Hazards Research Group, and Post-disaster Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Research Group. There are also affiliation units, including the UNESCO Chair on Natural Disasters Management, Centre of Applied Science, Journal of Housing and Rural Environment, Natural Disasters Technology Start-up Incubator, International Center for Urban Resilience Research (ICURR), Innovation and Future Study Think Tank in Crisis Management, Rural Development Research Centre, Vulnerable and Distressed Urban Areas Research Centre.

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