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Contact IRDR

Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

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

IRDR Enterprise

IRDR Collaborators


The IRDR is the champion of Risk across UCL and brings 19 UCL institutes and departments together around the notion of Risk and disaster reduction. The IRDR has a successful track record in rapidly assembling multi-disciplinary project teams to address an industry’s problem and form the particular combination of skills required by the nature of the project. The following are examples of IRDR collaboration with industry that could be shared with public.

FORTRESS, Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis (in partnership with 12 European partners: Technische Universität Berlin, Trilateral Research & Consulting, TREE, EDF, Dialogik, VICESSE, RCAB, SiTI, GMV, VRK, SDIS 04, BWB.


European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme

Disaster Risk Assessment Training (in partnership with Ambiental)


World Bank

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards


Natural Environment Research Council & Economic and Social Research Council

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering CPD Course


Project team included UCL EPICentre , UCL Civil Engineering & University of San Diego


Integrating the disaster risk reduction into Senior High School Chemistry Curriculum in Indonesia


Indonesian Government, MORA

PhD research

Engineering Earthquake Early Warning Systems



PhD research

Consolidation and deformation of brash ice


TOTAL (France) & UCL Impact studentship

PhD research

Advancing vulnerability assessment Implementation of mid- and high-rise RC buildings


EPSRC, AIR Worldwide

PhD research

Complexity of seismicity in a statistical physics view: fracture to earth's scale


THALES Program of the Ministry of Education of Greece and the European Union and UCL IRDR

PhD research

Earthquake geology and seismic hazard in the central Apennines, Italy


UCL Impact Studentship with CASE support from Geospatial Research Limited

PhD research

Investigating spatio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes


Aon Benfield

PhD research

The link between earthquake recurrence and structural geology in the Apennines of Italy


Natural Environment Research Council

PhD research

Case Studies

Research partnership

Rural agricultural-mining communities in the Lake Poopó Basin in Bolivia were assessed as highly vulnerable to water scarcity and contamination, with 70% of sites unsuitable for drinking water or irrigation without treatment. In a three-year partnership research project with the development agency CAFOD, Bolivian organizations and communities, we advised on improving water management strategies, supported local decision making, and reported to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.


We undertook a consultancy on multi-country exposure to natural hazards such as storms, floods and earthquakes, major industrial risks such as explosions and toxic material releases, and intentional threats such as acts of terrorism. We assessed strategies for managing hazards, vulnerability and disaster impacts in the insurance market.

Professional training

We developed bespoke professional training for a one-week programme in Disaster Risk Assessment with Ambiental, delivered to the World Bank in Washington DC, given by a multi-disciplinary team of natural scientists, practitioners and industry specialists. The IRDR led on natural hazards, exposure, vulnerability, challenges of rare events and communication in disaster risk reduction.

IRDR Associated Centres

The IRDR works closely with UCL Enterprise, UCL Consultants, UCL Corporate Partnerships and UCL Life Learning for a high quality project delivery. To form each project team if required, IRDR cross-cuts departmental expertise in the following UCL institutions:

• Centre for Law & Ethics

• Centre for Systems Engineering

• Chorley Institute

• Earth Sciences

• EngD Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience

• Environment Domain

• EPICentre (Earthquake People Interaction Centre)

• Eurotempest

• Extreme Citizen Science: ExCiteS

• Institute for Global Health

• Institute for Sustainable Resources

• Mullard Space Science Laboratory

• Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory, UCL Earth Sciences

• School of Public Policy

• Statistical Science

• The Bartlett Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis: CASA

• The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

• Tropical Storm Risk

• UCL Hazard Centre

At IRDR Enterprise we are motivated by our passion for bridging the gap between practice and academia. The multidisciplinary nature of risk to disasters overlaps with a range of industry sectors including, insurance and finance, the built and natural environment and space. This creates multidimensional opportunities that place the IRDR as a hub for UCL in providing research, consultancy, advice and training, to both commercial and social enterprise.

We have partnered business and humanitarian agencies, undertaken consultancy for private and public sectors organisations in the UK and internationally, and participated in training and continuing professional development.

• Seeking out business needs for fundamental and applied risk analysis research and practice that maps onto the profiles of academics and researchers across UCL, covering mathematics, statistics, natural hazards, population health, environment, catastrophic engineering risks, financial risks and resilience.

• Acting as a broker for delivery of high quality consultancy across UCL to financial institutions, legal firms, brokerages and consultants and manage the development of the consul consultancy portfolio in collaboration with UCLc.

Developing a programme of continuing professional development courses particularly for the international audience as part of UCL’s commitment to Lifelong Learning

• Aiming to build long-term commercial and social enterprise partnerships in collaboration with UCL Corporate Partnerships

• Developing MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in risk and disaster reduction as part of UCL’s new commitment to MOOCs

The IRDR people benefit from successful professional experiences and project delivery in their field. We understand practical challenges in each industry. IRDR combines industry awareness with depth of research quality at UCL, one of the most prestigious research institutions in the world. The multidisciplinary and diversity of skills at IRDR supports our partners and clients to reduce disasters and understand how to deal with that in the following ways:

• understand risk from a specific disciplinary perspective

• understand the multifaceted nature of Risk

• integrating risk

• disaster management and emergency planning

• resilience and business continuity

• reducing risk during recovery

IRDR Enterprise Award

IRDR Enterprise Award aims to encourage innovative ways for engaging with practice for commercial and societal benefit. The award is open to IRDR staff and both PhD and MSc student groups.

For more information please see our IRDR Enterprise brochure.