Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) takes a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms. Although the approaches in the sciences vary, Programme approaches the issues of natural and human-induced hazards and disasters from several perspectives: from the hazards to the disasters, and from the human exposures and vulnerabilities back to the hazards. This coordinated and multi-dimensional approach takes the IRDR programme beyond approaches that have traditionally been undertaken.

In 2012, IRDR continued to work with global, national, and local partners to develop the capacity of natural and social scientists to conduct integrated disaster risk research; develop case studies and demonstration projects; and carry out the assessment, data management and monitoring of hazards, risks and disasters in fulfilment of its mission.