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We have received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Impact Accelerator Account for a new project “Sustainable Improvement of Cyclone Resilience for Traditional Houses in Coastal Madagascar”. Collaborating with the Croix Rouge Madagascar, this project focuses on using some of the test methods we’ve developed for finding the strength of materials and […]

Our paper “Fragility assessment of traditional wooden houses in Madagascar subjected to extreme wind loads” has been published in Engineering structures and can be accessed at the following link. It is an open access publication and anyone should be able to download the final published paper: The paper details our analysis of past cyclone […]

In March 2023, PDRA Malalatiana Rakotoarivony and collaborator Harianaivo Ramanantoanina, along with interns employed by Conservation International, travelled to communities who had contributed to our main fieldwork studies in Fenerive Est and Antalaha to deliver talks to local leaders and community groups. They presented this poster, which contains some of the key messages from the […]

We’re delighted to have a new funded collaboration with Dr ‪Tahiana Ramananantoandro, Head of the Forestry and Environment Department, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques, part of the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Tahiana worked with us to host the training school at the culmination of our project, in which a group of twenty people, including practising […]

Project partner Conservation International has commissioned and produced a video illustrating the problem of cyclone vulnerability of traditional construction, and how the RC3 project fits is addressing that problem. English / subtitled and Malagasy versions below:

We published this paper at the World Conference on Timber Engineering: WCTE2020-Mada-FullPaper-final  

This video shows how we’ve been testing the types of connection widely used in traditional construction in coastal regions of Madagascar, so we can model the risk these buildings face in a cyclone.

Tom has been part of a course in which academics receive training and support to put together a piece of dramatic writing related to their research. It has then been acted, recorded and edited into something which sounds amazingly professional despite the novice writing! Follow this link, and click on “Risk and Vulnerability”: and […]

We’ve been delighted to have Janet Botha, an undergraduate student here at the University of Edinburgh, working with us over the summer. Here she is describing the work she’s been doing on our project:


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