Improving the Resilience of Informal Settlements to Fire

IRIS-Fire is an international and interdisciplinary research project, between engineers and social scientists, that are looking to Improve the Resilience of Informal Settlements to Fire. This international collaboration project, between the University of Edinburgh, UK and Stellenbosch University, South Africa, aims to develop fundamental understanding of the social, political, and technical issues regarding fire safety and fire spread within informal settlements situated in the Western Cape of South Africa and beyond.


Selected latest news from the IRIS-Fire Project

Funding for deeper social investigation and impact

15 Aug 2017

Dr Graham Spinardi has recently been awarded an ESRC grant to look into more depth the social and technological issues within informal settlements with respect to fires.


The ESRC grant, titled "Tackling Fire in Informal Urban Settlements: An Interdisciplinary Approach", is to work alongside many aspects of the IRIS-Fire project. With this being the case, the grants will work together in terms of outputs and deliverables, to maximise the use of resources to the fullest possible extent. 

Settling in with settlement visits

29 May 2017

Imizamo Yethu after som initial reblocking (South Africa)
A street in Imizamo Yethu

An exciting and thought provoking visit to Stellenbosch and Cape Town, meeting with Dr Richard Walls and colleagues as we discuss the next few years of the project.


The trip also included a few trips to some of the settlements that we are considering studying, both socially and physically, for the IRIS-Fire project.

More news can be found on our News page

IRIS-Fire project brief

Project brief for IRIS-Fire - motivation, objectives and key partners.

Data, publications and guidelines

Go to the downloads page for all our accessible content, including up to date publications and data sets.