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:

Core Staff

Peter Sammonds Professor Peter Sammonds Director
Rosanna Smith Dr Rosanna Smith Deputy Director
missing Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor

Academic Staff

Prof David Alexander 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 
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 Earthquake Engineering
R Wicks Dr Robert Wicks Lecturer in Space Weather Risk 

Research Staff

Ben Lishman Dr Ben Lishman
Research Associate
Megan French Dr Megan French Research Associate
Shams Dr M Shamsudduha (Shams) Research Associate
Dr Stephen Edwards Dr Stephen Edwards Senior Research Associate
Dr Simon Day Dr Simon Day Senior Research Associate
Dr Joakim Beck Dr Joakim Beck Research Associate
Rosanna Smith Dr Rosanna Smith  Deputy Director, IRDR

PhD Students

Alexis Cartwright-Taylor Alexis Cartwright-Taylor A non-extensive statistical physics approach in earthquake geophysics
Missing Andria Sarri Statistical emulation of tsunami models for more efficient uncertainty and sensitivity analyses
Giorgos Michas George Michas Self Organized criticality and Non-extensivity in the Corinth rift zone.
Giorgos Papadakis George Papadakis A non-extensive statistical physics approach to the seismicity in subduction zones. 
Stanislav Pavlov Stanislav Pavlov Risk to Arctic Offshore Operation; Structure, formation and strength of freeze bonds in sea ice
Luke Wedmore Luke Wedmore Assessing seismic hazard in central Italy from rates of slip and earthquake recurrence through geophysical and geodetic measurements
Amy Chadderton Amy Chadderton High temperature pressurisation, fracturing and permeability in volcanic systems
Melodie Vanderpuye Melodie Vanderpuye Investigating spatio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes
Serena Tagliacozzo Serena Tagliacozzo Social Media in disasters
Zoe Watson Zoe Watson Geography of earthquake recurrence on active faults 
Jabran Ahmed Jabraan Ahmed Towards sustainable and risk free gas production from an unconventional source
Katerina Katerina Stavrianaki Complexity of seismicity in a statistical physics view: From fracture to earth's scale.
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.
Regis Garandeau Regis Garandeau
Environmental impacts and risks to natural resources from mega-dams in the Amazon basin: the proposed Cachuela Esperanza dam, northeast 
Bayes Ahmed Bayes Ahmed
Understanding the Issues Involved in Human Adaptation to Landslide Risks: Case Studies from Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar City, Bangladesh
Nurmalahayati Nurdin Nurmalahayati Nurdin
Integrating disaster risk reduction into senior high school chemistry curriculum in Indonesia
Danielle Charlton Danielle Charlton The threat of volcanic activity to major urban centres.
Gianluca Pescaroli Gianluca Pescaroli  Critical Infrastructure Resilience in Cascading Disasters - Tackling the Problems and Planning Requirements for London in Case of a Major Disruption of Civil Aviation. 
Alexandra Tsioulou Alexandra Tsioulou Validation of simulated ground motions for catastrophe risk engineering
Stylianos Minas Stylianos Minas Advancing vulnerability assessment Implementation of mid- and high-rise RC buildings
S Scourfield Sally Scourfield The consolidation and deformation of brash ice

Visiting and Honorary Staff

Honorary Professors

  • Virginia Murray

Visiting Professors

  • Dr Robert Muir-Wood
  • Dr Gordon Woo
  • Frank Furedi
  • Knut Hoyland
  • Dr Dougal Goodman
  • Dr Filippos Valianatos

Honorary Researchers

  • Dr Eleanor Bailey
  • Linda O'Halloran

Executive Board

IRDR Executive Board

Advisory Board

  • Prof David Price, Vice Provost (Chair)
  • Dr Ian Scott, UCL Grand Challenges
  • Prof Dougal Goodman, Director, Foundation for Science and Technology
  • Prof Yvonne Rydin, UCL Environment Institute and Bartlett School of Planning
  • Prof Julian Hunt, FRS and UCL CPOM
  • Geoff O'Donoghue, CAFOD
  • Tony Gilland, Institute of Ideas

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