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Centre for Risk Research

The Centre for Risk Research (CRR) is a multi-disciplinary team of academics who have developed an international reputation for excellence in the related fields of decision making, risk analysis, risk management and risk taking research. In these areas we have a track record in successful research grant applications, regularly publishing papers in international journals and in producing leading research text books. We offer an important competitive advantage, as there are no comparable risk-related research centres in the UK that are embedded in a Russell group university, which have been established for over 25 years, and which offer the combination of ‘hard' and ‘soft' risk skills for which we have an outstanding reputation.

Centre for Risk Research
An Interdisciplinary Approach

The Centre provides a forum within which members of the Risk Research Group pool ideas, share information and support each other's research through regular workshop sessions. This collaborative ethos has further enhanced the School's international reputation in the field of risk research, consultancy and teaching. The Centre has also established databases of journals and funding sources, including the development of several research grants. The broad range of disciplines and skills associated with the Centre enables it to develop a distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to the analysis and management of risk.

In recent years a broad range of risk-related research projects have been undertaken and many of these have been supported by research grants, including €3.3million to explore the feasibility of adding crowdsourcing to an existing EU funded multi-country network infrastructure project. Executive education courses and consultancy projects exploring various aspects of risk taking and risk management have been provided for a number of organisations. In addition, staff associated with the Centre have produced a variety of books, academic journal articles, working papers and contributions to edited works. They have also acted as key-note speakers and delivered numerous presentations at international conferences. The Centre currently delivers MSc programmes in Corporate Risk and Security Management and in Risk Management. These programmes currently attract over 50 participants.

We have developed strong research links with a large number of universities and research institutions from around the world that include University of Hamburg, University of Nottingham, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Technical University of Eindhoven, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bath, University of Kent, University of Strathclyde, National Chen-Chi University (Taiwan), Clark University (USA), Macao Polytechnic Institute, National Taipei University of Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Georgia State University, University of Cape Town, ETH Zurich, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Lancaster, University of Manchester, City University, Brunel University, University of Surrey, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Leeds, London School of Economics, Heriot-Watt University, Durham University, University of Warwick,  Newcastle University, University of Zurich, University of Luxembourg, LAAS-CNRS France, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, Dalian University of Technology, China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL), Rutgers University, York University (Canada), and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: Science and Facility Research Council.

We welcome enquiries concerning our work and further information can be obtained from Professor Johnnie Johnson (email:, tel: +44 (0)2380 592546).


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The revolutionary idea that defines the boundary between modern times and the past is the mastery of risk: the notion that the future is more than whim of the gods and that men and women are not passive before nature.

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