QuakeCoRE awarded $31.5 million TEC funding
The University of Canterbury (UC) has been awarded $31.5 million of government funding over seven years to continue hosting Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE, a national centre of research excellence for earthquake resilience.
“Building on achievements during its first five years since establishment, Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE will further establish multi-institutional research programmes throughout Aotearoa New Zealand with links to international networks,” Professor Bradley says.
Inter-disciplinary research that leverages Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique situation and challenges to advance the vision of earthquake resilience is a key feature of Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE, he says. It includes programmes to address the greatest challenges for New Zealand’s earthquake resilience, such as: repairable multi-storey buildings, thriving residential communities, a resilient transport system, and harnessing disruptive technologies for seismic resilience.
“The aim is to advance the science and implementation of earthquake resilience through deep collaborations coordinated across engineering, physical and social science disciplines and research institutions,” Professor Bradley says.
The research projects include advancing understanding and modelling of individual earthquake-induced geohazards (including ground motions, liquefaction, and slope instability); the behaviour of structures and infrastructure in the built environment; law, planning and economics; understanding critical cultural and social factors of New Zealand people, and the role of Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).