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Ext: 51101

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


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 […]


Disasters: No Quick Fix, No Money

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:37:35 +0000

One can’t help feeling a little bewildered by the news of yet another global catastrophe, another ‘biggest’, ‘worst’, ‘deadliest’. The Philippines is struggling through the immediate aftermath of the worst storm since records began, and getting the attention it deserves. Here’s hoping that attention brings with it the sense to think ahead. My bewilderment lingers, […]


Roots of earthquake-prone faults brought to light

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:55:46 +0000

Earthquakes affect many highly populated areas around the world so understanding what controls the distribution and frequency of them is a top priority for the earth science and disaster risk reduction communities. Often, however, the controlling factors remain elusive because scientists have limited information about what happens deep down in the Earth’s crust where earthquakes […]


Fieldtrip on Organising Post Disaster Reconstruction

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:28:50 +0000

Even though it is important to understand how reconstruction programmes are organised in order to reduce future disaster risks, there is a gap in theory in that it lacks a conceptual model or analytical framework for understanding and analysing the reality of organising post-disaster reconstruction programmes. I am addressing this gap in theory my PhD […]


Two NGOs set up by the young people of Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:47:05 +0000

Dr Joanna Faure Walker visited Rikuzentakata, one of the worst affected towns in the Iwate Prefecture, as part of the Great East Japan Earthquake EEFIT return mission. While there, she and her associates met with two NGOs: ‘Save Takata’ and ‘Sakura Line’ that were set up following the disaster. In March 2011, Okamoto Shoma was […]


Arctic Field Training in Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:09:30 +0000

Arctic sea ice cover has had a high profile in the media over the last few years. There has been a growing interest in the region from across the scientific community, such as oceanographers and marine engineers in particular. The Arctic ice cover has reduced, allowing increasing access to the natural resource base in the […]