MRU opens Centre for Community Disaster Research

September 25, 2014

Mount Royal University on Sept 19 officially opened its Centre for Community Disaster Research. The centre is reportedly among the first of its kind in Canada; professor Tim Haney, who will head the Centre, says that it will be “the only disaster centre in Canada that focuses only on people, communities, and families, and that brings in the social aspect.” The need for the centre was identified in the wake of the Calgary floods of 2013. “I want to bring together faculty members at Mount Royal who are thinking about doing something disaster-related as well as community managers, government, and researchers to figure out what it is that we don’t know about how to mitigate disaster, how to make our communities more resilient, and what kinds of programs we can develop to meet those needs,” Haney said. He added that the number of annual disasters could double by 2050, emphasizing the need for additional research. Projects to be carried out by the Centre have received funding from several bodies including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, MRU’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability, and The Calgary Foundation’s New Initiative Program. MRU News Release