Avoidable Deaths Network

Welcome to the ADN

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.

The ADN’s mission is: to provide a dynamic forum for experts, practitioners, researchers and organisational partners to identify and promote theoretical and practical solutions to reducing avoidable deaths.

The ADN is led by the Universities of Leicester and Kansai. The ADN was founded by Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett (Associate Professor in Risk Management, University of Leicester) and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita (Associate Professor in Disaster Education, Kansai University) in 2018, and was 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 S. Ray-Bennett’s monograph on Avoidable Deaths: A Soft-Systems Approach to Disaster Risk Management (Springer Nature, 2017). Dr. Nibedita S. 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.


ADN’s mottos are:

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

This quotation is from 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.