IRDR International Centre of Excellence 
for Spatial Decision Support for Disaster Risk Reduction

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The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) consortium promotes a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.

ITC is one of its International Centers of Excellence in Spatial Decision Support for Disaster Risk Reduction which aims to assist decision making in all parts of the Disaster Cycle by providing timely, accurate and useful spatial information. It is hosted by the ITC, the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. 

ITC specializes in state of the art modelling and analysis of geospatial data for capacity building in developing countries and emerging economies. Its mission “Space for Global Development” highlights the efforts in understanding and reducing impact of population growth and climate change on Disasters, Food and Water Security, Urbanization and Energy Transition.


Within ITC we aim to cover the entire cycle of Disasters:

  • Hazards: spatial modelling of multi-hazards and consequences of extreme weather events
    PhD research: hazards (floods, landslides, earthquakes) and drought
  • Risk: spatial multi hazard risk assessment, scenario development.
    PhD research: risk
  • Post disaster reconstruction, Planning and governance: collaborative decision making, scenario development, resettlement, urban growth modeling”
    PhDs research disasters

Disaster related research themes at ITC

Disaster related research and education at ITC can be found in the following research programmes:

  • Disaster Risk Management and Reduction: is done here
  • Food security: is done here
  • Governance and empowerment: is done here
  • Urbanization and smart cities: is done here

Disaster related education at ITC

MSc Spatial Engineering: get more info
MSc Geoinformatioin Science and Earth Observation: