Research Focus and Areas of Expertise
HDI studies a diverse range of humanitarian disaster issues, from natural disasters to armed conflicts. HDI researchers also conduct research across the “life-cycle” of humanitarian disasters, from pre-event vulnerabilities to post-event community recovery and development. HDI’s areas of humanitarian disaster research expertise include: mental health, public health, ministry, political and international relations, relief and development, health economics, and urban and environmental policy.
Approaches to Research
HDI utilizes both basic research and applied research approaches. Basic research (e.g., epidemiological studies) carried-out by HDI researchers contributes to new insights and scientific knowledge about humanitarian disasters. HDI also utilizes applied research approaches (e.g., community-based participatory research) to studying humanitarian disasters, often engaging and empowering communities in the process, to find real-life tangible solutions to complex challenges. Across approaches, HDI leverages current and cutting-edge technologies, such as GIS and mobile applications to enhance their capabilities.
Dissemination of Research
HDI holds to the ideal that if research is to make a difference, it must be communicated. HDI is committed disseminating research findings in useful ways to public, religious, policy, and scientific communities. HDI researchers share their findings through publications (e.g., articles, books, briefings), presentations (e.g., professional and community presentations), and resources (e.g., technology tools). From grassroots leaders to policy and decision makers, HDI strives to equip the church and society with the latest knowledge and findings available to improve understanding and to mobilize responses to humanitarian disasters.