Contact IRDR


Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

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


The IRDR has over 240 members, which includes 55 members of UCL academic staff, 42 PhD students, over 20 UCL alumni and visiting researchers, and over 100 external members. UCL staff members of the IRDR are listed below:

Management Staff and Posts

     Management and Administrative Staff 

Peter Sammonds Professor Peter Sammonds Director
Rosanna Smith Dr Rosanna Smith Deputy Director and Departmental Manager

IRDR Administrator:

Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor


Tel: 02031081101


IRDR Enterprise and Promotions Manager:

Sarah Schubert


Tel: 02031081104

     Management Posts

Academic Staff

DAVID Professor David Alexander Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction 
Peter Sammonds Professor Peter Sammonds Professor of Geophysics
Joanna Faure Walker Dr Joanna Faure Walker Lecturer in Risk and Disaster Reduction
ilan kelman Dr Ilan Kelman Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health
Dr Gordon Ross Dr Gordon Ross Lecturer in Statistics and Risk analysis
Dr Carmine Galasso Dr Carmine Galasso Lecturer in Engineering Risks
R Wicks Dr Robert Wicks Lecturer in Space Weather Risk 
Katerina Katerina Stavrianaki   Teaching Fellow in Earthquake Science

Research Staff

Shams Dr M Shamsudduha (Shams)  Research Associate
Dr Simon Day Dr Simon Day Senior Research Associate
Rosanna Smith Dr Rosanna Smith  Deputy Director, IRDR and Senior Research Associate
Maureen Fordham Professor Maureen Fordham  Professorial Research Associate
Patty Kostkova  Dr Patty Kostkova  Principal Research Associate
bayes2  Bayes Ahmed  Humanitarian Institute Research Associate
Dr Jessica Field  Dr Jessica Field Research Associate
   Sonja Mueller  Researcher

PhD Students

Amy Chadderton Amy Chadderton High temperature pressurisation, fracturing and permeability in volcanic systems
M Vanderpuye Melodie Vanderpuye Investigating spatio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes
Zoe Watson Zoë Mildon Geography of earthquake recurrence on active faults 
Gillian Dacey Gillian Dacey Self-protective behaviour during earthquake shaking: A comparative study of the effect of earthquake preparedness advice on human behaviour and the subsequent impact on survivability.
Nurmalahayati Nurdin Nurmalahayati Nurdin
Integrating disaster risk reduction concept into senior high school curriculum in Indonesia.
Danielle Charlton Danielle Charlton The threat of volcanic activity to major urban centres.
Gianluca Pescaroli Gianluca Pescaroli  The Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure in Cascading Disasters – Contingency Planning for a Major Disruption of Air Transportation in London
Alexandra Tsioulou Alexandra Tsioulou Validation of simulated ground motions for catastrophe risk engineering
S Scourfield Sally Scourfield The consolidation and deformation of brash ice
O Ortiz Omar Velazquez Engineering Applications of Earthquake Early Warning Systems
Justine U Justine Uyimleshi Strategies for emergency preparedness and response to man-made disasters in Nigeria
Rebekah Yore Rebekah Yore The role of immediate disaster response in the transitional phase to recovery
J Hess Janto Hess Financing adaptation in Small Island Developing States: Investigating tourism related adaptation funds
T Tabassum Tasnuva Tabassum  Assessing seismic hazards by using generalized linear modelling for Gumbel-distributed data: From a Bayesian perspective
E Agbo Emmanuel Agbo  Disaster Mitigation and Emergency Response: A case of flood vulnerability in Nigeria
Rory Walshe Rory Walshe Ground-truthing the assumptions of climate change impacts on small island states by cross-referencing multiple methods
N Harwood Nathanael Harwood  A rise in the frequency of extreme weather in response to Arctic Amplification and its implications for European decision-making 
K Muffarraji Khuloud M Al Mufarraji  Effective risk and crisis communication for better community resilience.
M Shortt Mark Shortt Risks to Arctic offshore operations: Consolidation and strength of thick sea ice features
S Zaabi Saqar Alzaabi Vulnerability Assessment of Coastal Areas to Cyclone Hazards: A Case Study from the Sultanate of Oman
Rhea Leung Rhea Leung Mitigation and disaster preparedness measures enacted in remote mountainous areas affected by earthquake-triggered geohazards
Patrizia Duda Patrizia Duda Community-Based DRR&R in the Arctic
Montserrat eruption  Shinta Michika Puteri  

Visiting PhD Students:

Feng Yu Oct 2016 - Sept 2017  
Ting Kan  Jan - Dec 2017  

IRDR PhD Alumni:

Andria Sarri Completion date: Jan 2015 Statistical emulation of tsunami models for more efficient uncertainty and sensitivity analyses
Alexis Cartwright-Taylor Completion date: April 2015 A non-extensive statistical physics approach in earthquake geophysics
George Michas Completion date: Dec 2015 Generalised statistical mechanics description of fault and earthquake populations in Corinth Rift (Greece)
George Papadakis Completion date: Dec 2015 A non-extensive statistical physics analysis of seismic sequences: Application to the geodynamic system of the Hellenic subduction zone.
Luke Wedmore  Completion date: Dec 2016 Assessing seismic hazard in central Italy from rates of slip and earthquake recurrence through geophysical and geodetic measurements
 Serena Tagliacozzo  Completion date: June 2017  Social Media in disasters
Katerina Stavrianaki  Completion date: June 2017  Complexity of seismicity in a statistical physics view: From fracture to earth's scale.
Bayes Ahmed  Completion date: July 2017 Community Vulnerability to Landslides in the Chittagong Hill Districts of Bangladesh

Visiting and Honorary Staff

Honorary Professors

  • Dr Steve Kirby, US Geological Survey
  • Prof Virginia Murray, Public Health England

Visiting Professors

  • David Cope, formerly, Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Dr Dougal Goodman, Chief Exective, The Foundation for Science and Technology
  • Prof Filippos Vallianatos, UNESCO Professor of Natural Hazards, TEI, Crete
  • Prof Frank Furedi, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Dr Gordon Woo, RMS
  • Prof Knut Holland, NTNU, Trondheim
  • Dr Robert Muir-Wood, RMS
  • Ben Wisner, UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London, UK

Honorary Researchers

Executive Board

IRDR Executive Board

IRDR Posts

MRes Risk and Disaster Reduction: David Alexander

MSc Risk and Disaster Resilience: Gordon Ross

MSc Risk and Disaster Science: Peter Sammonds

MSc Space Risk and Disaster Reduction: Robert Wicks

IRDR Members

 The IRDR has over 240 members, which includes 55 members of UCL academic staff, 42 PhD students, over 20 UCL alumni and visiting researchers, and over 100 external members. UCL staff members of the IRDR are listed below:

Dr John Twigg Senior Research Associate Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Professor Peter Sammonds Professor of Geophysics Earth Sciences
Professor Philip Meredith Professor of Rock Physics Earth Sciences
Dr Serge Guillas Reader Statistical Science
Dr Stephen Edwards Deputy Director IRDR Earth Sciences
Dr Irene Petersen Senior Research Fellow Primary Care & Population Health
Dr. Syngjoo Choi Lecturer economics
Professor Nick Tyler Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering CEGE
Professor Bernard Buxton Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences Computer Science
Prof Yvonne Rydin Director of UCL Environment Institute Bartlett School of Planning
Dr Frank Witte departmental tutor Economics
Dr Cassidy Johnson Lecturer Development Planning Unit
Mr Nicholas Tyndale Communications Director, UCL Grand Challenges Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
Mr. Vivek Viswanathan Database Administrator Management Systems
prof james croll emeritus prof of civil engng civil engng
Dr. Sudeshna Basu Post Doctoral Research Assistant Department of Earth Sciences
Dr Rosanna Smith Deputy Director of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Earth Science
Miss Leisa Clemente Departmental Administrator Earth Sciences
Prof David Price Vice-Provost (Research)
Dr Katie Finch BEAMS Associate Research Facilitator Engineering Faculty Office
Dr Anders Johansson Research Associate Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)
Mrs Katherine Anne Perkins Research Associate Gynaecological cancer
Dr. Kevan Edinborough Research Associate: Radiocarbon researcher IoA
Professor Sir Alan Wilson Professor of Urban and Regional Systems Centre for applied spatial analysis
Dr Pushpa Arabindoo Lecturer Geography
Miss Sarah Ball Research & Programme Development Manager, Institute for Global Health Institute for Global Health
Professor Hugh Montgomery UCL Professor of Intensive Care Medicine Medicine
Dr Tristan Smith Research Associate Energy Institute
Ms Marianne Knight Deputy Director Environment Institute
Professor Chris Brewin Professor of Clinical Psychology Research Department of Clinical Educational & Health Psychology
Dr Daniel Feltham Reader Earth Sciences
Dr Anasuya Aruliah Senior Lecturer Physics and Astronomy
Prof Alan Aylward Professor of Atmospheric Physics Physics and Astronomy
Dr Stephen Hall UCL Principal Tutor Chemical Engineering
Professor Eric Fraga Professor of Process Systems Engineering Chemical Engineering
Dr Jacob Sweiry SLMS Research Facilitator VP Research Office
Dr Graham Shields-Zhou Reader Earth Sciences
Professor Dave Tappin Researcher Earth Sciences
Dr Paul Densham Reader Geography
Prof Nigel Harvey Professor of Judgment and Decision Research Psychology and language sciences
Miss Abigail Antao IT support officer EISD
Miss Rebecca Wallace PhD Research Student Geography
Dr Michael Davey professorial research associate mathematics
Dr Ramanarayanan Balachandran Lecturer in Combustion Mechanical Engineering
Ms Adriana Allen Sebior Lecturer DPU
Professor Mark Maslin Professor Geography
Dr Adrian Chandler Visiting Professor ABUHC
Mr Dhiren Kataria Senior Research Fellow Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics
Dr Michel Tsamados Research associate Earth Sciences
Dr David Ishola NIHR Clinical Lecturer Infection and Population Health
Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha Research Associate UCL IRDR
Dr Tristan Robinson Teaching Fellow CEGE
Dr Ingrid Charvet Research Associate CEGE
Dr Liza Griffin Lecturer DPU
Professor Susan Michie Professor of Health Psychology Psychology

 Find and Contact the IRDR


Phone: 02031081101/ extn 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle
Directions: Use the South Junction stairwall/ lift. The South Wing corridor is immediately on the left at the top of the stairs. The office is on the left, towards the end of the first section of the corridor.
Mailing Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, South Wing, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT