The Centre’s background, driving principles, and introduction to its core members.


Established on 1 February 2017, the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Research Centre strives to contribute towards the betterment of disaster and emergency management in the country. While the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM) is generally more focused on defence and security, the establishment of HADRRC provides a new opportunity for the institution to establish itself in a relatively new, but highly relevant field. Our unique position with the NDUM allows us to approach our focus area in a similarly unique manner. As such, our approaches include research, capacity building, knowledge sharing and community outreach programs through collaborations with government agencies, armed forces, non-governmental organisations, and various community stakeholders. In the future, the Centre aims to become a R&D one-stop centre for disaster management and HADR operations, as well as a valuable support for the government to develop a safer and more resilient Malaysia.

Our areas of expertise and interests include:

  1. Disaster management and preparedness
  2. Community-based disaster risk reduction
  3. Emergency response planning
  4. Industrial safety and health
  5. Disaster policies and governance (including Islamic perspective)
  6. Environmental services during emergencies
  7. Humanitarian aid planning and delivery
  8. Hazard and risk assessment
  9. Civil – Military Coordination
  10. Urban disaster management and planning



To become the leading regional research centre in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

HADR Research Centre is committed to be a centre of excellence for research, training and consultancy based on interdisciplinary approach that contributes to the development of the country and humanity.

  1. To conduct and identify HADR research and consultancy needs/priorities across discipline, sectors and regions.
  2. To enhance and support civil-military operations coordination (CMOC).
  3. One-stop centre for HADR and disaster/emergency management, humanitarian logistics, training, and competencies.
  4. To conduct strategic and policy research in HADR.
  1. Review, optimise, and develop best practices to adapt them to national and regional socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions.
  2. Engage and collaborate with suitable institutes/organisations to conduct training, competencies, collaborative research and consultancies.
  3. Conduct activities to comply with national and international framework wherever applicable.
  4. Collaborate and coordinate HADR activities with the Malaysian Armed Forces.