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The Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) is an interdisciplinary, international research programme jointly funded for five years by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). Learn more about us!

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR)

The SHEAR programme aims to support improved disaster resilience and humanitarian response by advancing monitoring, assessment and prediction of natural hazards and risks across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. SHEAR is working with stakeholders to co-produce demand-led, people-centred science and solutions to improve risk assessment, preparedness, early action and resilience to natural hazards.

The programme comprises research and application components that aim to better understand the multifaceted and complex drivers of risk. Research institutions, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and hydro-meteorological services are collaborating to deliver world-leading, interdisciplinary, end-to-end research with the goal of improving the characterisation and prediction of hazards, and analysing the evidence to support decision making processes for early action.

How can we understand and predict disasters, and minimize the risk posed to vulnerable communities?

Over the last 5 years, The Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme has carried out innovative and paradigm-shifting research on this question in the most hazard-prone parts of the world. With:
  • Over 60 research-practice projects and grants.
  • In over 20 countries around the world.
  • Over 68 global partnerships.
  • More than 100 peer-reviewed high-profile research papers.
  • Over 79 tools developed for disaster risk reduction.

Read all about our work at shear.org.uk/.

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