Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF)

June 2012 to June 2017

Earthquakes cause great human suffering and economic damage, leading to the loss of millions of lives and at a cost of billions of dollars. This five-year project aims to build resilience in earthquake-prone regions through three overarching objectives:

  • To increase transformational knowledge of primary and secondary earthquake hazards.
  • To identify pathways to resilience in populations exposed to these hazards.
  • To build networks and partnerships to secure these gains over the long term.

EwF takes a transdisciplinary approach to helping communities build resilience. It brings together earth scientists, who specialise in earthquake hazard, and social scientists, who specialise in community vulnerability and resilience to earthquakes.

Our role is to bring these two groups together with other influential actors, such as governments and NGOs, to ensure the research is useful and to help translate the results into policy and practice.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), EwF is part of the wider programme Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards. It is a collaboration between natural scientists in Oxford and Cambridge, social scientists at Durham and Hull, and ODI's Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme.

In China, EwF is collaborating with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tongli International College, World Vision and Gender Development Solutions.

In Nepal, EwF is collaborating with the National Society for Earthquake Technology and the Nepalese Risk Reduction Consortium.


Earthquake science in DRR policy and practice in Nepal

Working and discussion papers | June 2016 | Katie Oven, David Milledge, Alexander Densmore, Harry Jones, Susanne Sargeant, Ajoy Datta
Nepal has a long history of destructive earthquakes – most recently in 2015. But despite recent advances, it's unclear what role science plays in DRR in the country.

Pathways to earthquake resilience in China

Working and discussion papers | October 2015 | John Young; Cui Ke; Lena Dominelli, Timothy Sim, William Weizhong Chen, Ning Li, Ling Zhang, Zhao Bin, Yunxi Yang, Brian Tucker, Tony Zhang Jun, Patrick Zhang Jun
This report brings together the voices of different groups working to build China’s resilience to earthquakes - with a focus on rural communities in Shaanxi Province.