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University of Twente




The Centre for Disaster Resilience of the University of Twente works across disciplines and international boundaries to reduce disaster risk and promote global sustainable growth. It is hosted at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). To achieve our ambitions we do fundamental, interdisciplinary and applied research, disseminate knowledge through education, training, and international cooperation, and we provide advisory services globally.

The CDR brings together the expertise from different disciplines from within the university and from outside, with the common denominator that they all relate to disaster risk. This includes the utilization of geo-spatial information for hazard and risk analysis, planning and governance, (water) resource management and the development of new methodologies and software tools. We aim to find new solutions to global challenges like climate change, increasing disaster impacts and growing demands for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing.

The Faculty ITC was founded in 1950 as International Training Centre for Aerial Survey Cartography, but nowadays its mission is to apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling wicked global problems. We aim to enable our many partners worldwide to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. We are here to identify and understand vulnerability and use geospatial solutions to convert it into resilience, thereby contributing to the establishment of sustainable living environments anchored in an inclusive society.

Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies. 

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