Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) was established at UTAR in March 2014 through a strong support from former UTAR President Ir. Prof. Academician Dato' Dr. Chuah Hean Teik. The centre aims at promoting building of safe & secure societies in Malaysia by carrying out a holistic and proactive disaster risk reduction (DRR) research on both natural and man-made disasters of complex urban societies.

To conduct a holistic DRR study, CDRR functions as a multidisciplinary research centre of UTAR by attracting regular & associate members from multiple departments and faculties of UTAR such as LKC_FES (Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science), FAM (Faculty of Accountancy and Management), FBF(Faculty of Business and Finance), FEGT (Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology), FICT (Faculty of Information and Communication Technology), and FMHS (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). Also external members collaborate with CDRR.