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Research Center for Urban Hazards Mitigation 

Today urban areas have become increasingly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards because of the extremely high concentration of population and infrastructures, and the acceleration of global climate change. The Research Centre for Urban Hazards Mitigation has thus been established at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2002, striving to be an important contributor to human's ability of preparedness, response, recovery, and prevention action in face of natural and man-made hazard risks. The Centre has been conducting focused but multi-disciplinary research in 14 major areas, namely

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Wind Engineering
  • Slope Engineering
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Retrofit of Structures
  • Vibration Control and Smart Structures
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection
  • Reliability and Risk Evaluation
  • Performance-based Structural Analysis and Design
  • GNSS for Hazard Monitoring
  • GIS for Hazard Management
  • INSAR for Crustal Deformations
  • Remote Sensing for Early Warning and Crisis Mapping
  • Sustainability of the Aging Residential Building Block


The mission of the Centre is:

  • To investigate the risk and potential consequence of natural and man-made hazards in urban areas, and to pursue a sustainable development of urban areas with a rational hazard mitigation planning;
  • To develop innovative technologies and state-of-the-art engineering solutions to monitoring and mitigating damages to urban infrastructures, and reducing the physical, economic and social losses due to catastrophic hazardous events;
  • To offer efficient and effective measures to various post-hazard actions including hazard assessment, rescue control and management and structural retrofitting; and
  • To facilitate knowledge dissemination and technology transfer to the Government and the related industries through specialist consultancy, continuing professional training as well as undergraduate and postgraduate education.


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University provides strong support to the development of the Centre. In 2002, the Centre was selected as one of the University's Areas of Strategic Development (ASD) scheme. It has become one of the Areas of Strength of the University since 2005. In 2007, the Centre was identified as one of Niche Areas of the University to enhance its further development. The Centre is composed of 23 academic staff members from three different departments:


The Centre is also a full member of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER), and a member of the Shenzhen Network of National Key Laboratories. The Centre has been/are carrying out extensively international collaboration with many renowned overseas institutions in USA, Australia, UK, Japan, Singapore, Korea, etc.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact:


Prof. Y.L. Xu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Phone: (+ 852) 2766 6050
Fax: (+ 852) 2365 9291
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