Academic research plays a vital role in development of a country. This is equally true for disaster management. Research brings new dimensions and learnings which helps to improve the established systems of governance. National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under APP has started a unique initiate of supporting university students in their research on DRR related subjects. This targeted support aims to encourage students to take up impactful research on disaster preparedness topics related to national priority.
As a pilot project, 9 research thesis of 17 students from Center of Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar were supported in their M.Sc. research. The students developed research papers on subjects relating to assessments of industrial and natural hazards, mediation of technology in DRR, deforestation cause and its effects etc. contributing to resilience building of Pakistan.