UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Mara Torres Pinedo

Associate Lecturer

Research Summary

Mara Torres Pinedo's research looks at institutional networks as influences on differential vulnerability to disaster risk and whether institutional connectivity is contingent with respect to gender, migration status and socioeconomic characteristics. This is explored in the context of Mexico city’s recent 2017 19S disaster which allows to review these elements on several stages of the disaster continuum. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and engages with mix methods to develop a more holistic understanding which could help elucidate pathways for more inclusive risk management systems. Her research is concerned with broader questions on urban inequalities and risk governance in the global south.

Mara has lectured and provided teaching assistance on the MSc Global Prosperity, MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as on the BA of Arts and Sciences (Urban Inequalities and Global Development) and BA Geography (Human Ecology and Urban Political Ecology) at UCL. As well, she is co-founder and co-lead of IGP’s Writing and Assessment Support Labs.

Mara holds an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience from UCL, a Graduate Diploma on Project Management and a BA in International Relations from ITESO (Mexico). Beyond academia, Mara has over 8 years of experience working on international development practice, human rights, human security, participatory planning and open government in her natal Mexico, the US and Central America.