United Nations University

Centre for Spatial Analysis and Disaster Risk Management

UNU-DRM Centre for Spatial Analysis and Disaster Risk Management

UNU-DRM supports capacity building of people and organizations that are involved in natural hazard assessment and disaster risk management. We do this through education and training, knowledge development and research collaboration, and by delivering advisory services. The use of geo-information through remote sensing and GIS technology is emphasized in all out activities.

UNU-DRM aims at building a new generation of natural hazard experts, disaster risk managers and decision makers capable of producing and applying up-to-date geographical information to reduce disaster risk.

UNU-DRM was established in 2006 (as UNU-DGIM) after the United Nations University (UNU) appointed ITC as an Associated Institution.

Project services

Projects services by UNU-DRM include technical advisory, on-the-job training, tailor-made worskshops and courses, contract reserach and institutional development. Our approach involves the use of RS and GIS tools, and a multi-disciplinary focus on strengthening work processes.


The Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management research theme (DMAN) led by professor Victor Jetten forms the research branch of UNU-DRM. Overall aim of our reseach is to contribute to reducing diaster risk and the impact of disasters.This is also achieved by integration of research results in our courses and project services.

Research projects

UNU-DRM realises knowledge development and research collaboration through its involvement in research projects. The following list presents an overview of research projects and reserach networks.

Research output

Scientific publications by staff and PhD candidates, as output from research projects and from the 4D-Earth research themes: Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management (DMAN) and Geological Remote Sensing.