The issue of safety, security, crisis, disaster and emergencies induced from natural, environmental, biological, technical and societal sources are on rise in national and international levels over the last decades. Most importantly, vulnerabilities are increasing as a result of unequal wealth distribution and limited access to resources, lack of rights, mal-governance and administration, rapid urbanization and land-use change.
Understanding risks, reducing disasters and humanitarian crises presents a major challenge that requires cross-disciplinary and multi-agencies approaches. It is paramount to establish a multi-hazard, cross-disciplinary theoretical framework in which research into disasters can make progress conducting field visits, observations, social survey, laboratory and numerical experiments, and satellite-based observation. Taking this on-board, the Rabdan Academy’s integrated emergency management (IEM) research team who are from both professional academicians and practitioners in the discipline aims to achieve leadership in risk, disaster reduction and emergency response both in the UAE and internationally.
Over the years, the IEM team has contributed to the development of a range of research outlets contributing to the theoretical and practical knowledge solving complex problems relating to the safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness and crisis management (SSDEC) sectors.