Contact IRDR


Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

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


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 […]


Disaster Risk Reduction Communication: challenges and chances

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:11:37 +0000

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a rising field, growing in scientific production and relevance. DRR aims to identify causes and trends of hazards impacting human lives, in order to reduce their intensity, reduce the possibility of occurrence and tackle the resulting effects. A key action of DRR is to share knowledge, so that the people […]


UCL IRDR at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – Human Rights and DRR Panel

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:26:47 +0000

On Monday 16th March 2015, UCL IRDR hosted a public forum panel discussion on “Human Rights and Disaster Risk Reduction” as a side event of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai. David Alexander, UCL IRDR Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, convened the panel to explore whether failure to mitigate disaster […]


Educating Future Leaders in Understanding Risk

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:04:55 +0000

  As part of the 2014 Understanding Risk Forum, UCL IRDR and UCL STEaPP co-chaired a session on ‘Educating Future Leaders in Understanding Risk’. The very need for having a conference titled “Understanding Risk” suggests the actual topic under discussion is misunderstanding risk. Indeed, misunderstanding risk is increasingly being seen as a barrier to risk […]


IRDR Panel Discussion on “Disability and Disasters”

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:43:20 +0000

The IRDR’s Panel Discussion on “Disability and Disasters” on 12th March was billed as a discussion of human rights, addressing an issue that may be unpopular, but that must be addressed whenever we consider how we plan for, manage, and cope with disasters, since disabled people make up 15% of the world’s population. In addressing […]


Chilean Volcano Field Work

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:23:10 +0000

In 2008 Chaitén Volcano in Chile reawakened spectacularly after what was thought to be over 5000 years of slumber. In early May 2008 the residents of nearby Chaitén town received just 24 hours warning of the imminent eruption in the form of earthquakes strong enough to knock objects from shelves. Residents of the small town, known as […]


EEFIT Report published about the Recovery Two Years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:55:48 +0000

A report has been published (December 2013) by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) outlining key lessons following 2 years of recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear incident, based on the mission to Japan findings in June 2013. The consequences of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami made this event the most expensive natural […]