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Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle


Working in the USA for 6 months as a visiting researcher

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:48:23 +0000

I am a third year PhD student in the IRDR and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL. My research focuses on the use of simulated ground motions in catastrophe risk engineering. Earlier this year, I travelled to the USA to work as a visiting PhD student for 6 months at the University […]


Five members of the IRDR visit Amatrice as part of the EEFIT mission

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:31:30 +0000

Six weeks after the earthquake that struck Amatrice, central Italy, EEFIT (Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) deployed a team to the region to investigate the damages. The team involved five members of the IRDR; Prof. David Alexander, Dr Joanna Faure Walker, Dr Carmine Galasso and PhD students Zoe Mildon and Serena Tagliacozzo. Joanna and Zoe’s […]


Italian Earthquakes, Large and Small

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:01:55 +0000

O 1693 c’ha succirutu! E si n’ha ghiutu lu Vallu ri Nuotu S’u u pi sorti an-Catania iti Ciù ri milli voti lacrimati! Catania ca era ciù perfunna Ricca ri –ngegnu e ri storia ornata Spincitivi l’ate a truviriti L’afflitta virgine a batiuoti.* (Burderi 2014) Traditional poem on the M 7.4 earthquake that struck Sicily […]


Interview with Rebekah Yore, PhD Candidate at IRDR and Research Associate at Rescue Global

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:16:02 +0000

Rebekah Yore is a second year PhD Candidate in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is carrying out a PhD co-sponsored by Rescue Global, an international organisation specialised in disaster risk reduction and response. In her PhD, she explores how local and international intervention following the initial aftermath and transitional period of disasters affects […]


Interview with Gianluca Pescaroli, founder of the Cascading Disasters Research Group at IRDR

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:35:54 +0000

Gianluca Pescaroli is a third year PhD student in the IRDR and one of the founders of the Cascading Disasters Research Group ( The group aims to understand, assess, and mitigate the escalation of crises in the global interconnected system. – Gianluca, how did you come up with the idea of creating a research groups on cascading […]


Resilient to Landslides: The Indigenous Tribal Communities of Bangladesh

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:06:19 +0000

Landslides are common socio-natural hazards in the Chittagong Hill Districts (CHD) of Bangladesh. Communities living in the hills of CHD can be categorized as urbanized and tribal, each community experiences a different level of risk to landslides. With this knowledge, I conducted fieldwork in the three tribal hill tracts districts (Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati) in […]


Not working in Japan, aka travelling

Fri, 13 May 2016 09:30:55 +0000

As well as working during my fellowship in Japan (see previous blog post), I have been able to travel around much of the country and see a variety of sights. My first travels outside Sendai were to the Fukushima prefecture to meet with a group of UCL students who were in the country for a […]


Working and living abroad as a visiting researcher

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:39:49 +0000

I am a third year PhD student in the IRDR, my research is focussing on the geometry of normal faults in the central Apennines and the implications for stress transfer during earthquakes. Through my PhD I have travelled many times to Italy to do fieldwork, but my travels have now taken me further afield to […]


A group of six IRDR members visit the Fukushima Prefecture

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:02:01 +0000

From the 8th to the 15th March 2016, a group of students and researchers from UCL and the UCL Academy visited the area affected by the Fukushima- Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in the Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The group included six members of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction: four PhD students – Nurmala […]


Investigating communications after the Canterbury earthquakes – fieldwork

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:23:12 +0000

Serena Tagliacozzo is a PhD student in the IRDR who is investigating the requirements for a web-based platform to allow effective communication between authorities and citizens in the disaster recovery phase. The platform would allow citizens to effectively share their knowledge and experiences with planners and developers, and for authorities to communicate plans to interested […]