About Avoidable Deaths Network


The Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) is a diverse, dynamic, inclusive and innovative global membership network dedicated to avoiding human deaths from natural hazards, naturally triggered technological hazards and human-made disasters in low- and middle-income countries.


To provide a dynamic forum for experts, practitioners, researchers and organisational partners to identify and promote theoretical and practical solutions to reducing avoidable deaths.


“No day shall erase you from the memory of time” – Virgil

This quotation is from the Book IX of The Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil. It suggests the transformative potential of remembrance.

“Ut vitam habeant” – So that they may have life.

This is the University of Leicester’s motto.

“Gaku no Jitsuge (学の実化)” – Theory into practice.

This is Kansai University’s motto.


To help policy makers, practitioners, researchers make better decisions to save lives and injuries for sustainable development.


The ADN is led by the Universities of Leicester and Kansai. From 2022, ADN operates from the School of Business as well as the Institute for Environmental Futures’ research challenge ‘Climate Risk’.


In 2018, the ADN was founded by Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita, and officially launched at the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) in Kyoto on the 12th of March 2019.

The ADN is inspired by Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett’s research monograph on Avoidable Deaths: A Soft-Systems Approach to Disaster Risk Management  (Springer Nature, 2017).

Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita met at Northumbria University’s Disaster and Development Centre (DDC) in 2007. Since then, they have collaborated in a number of research projects.