UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


Centre For Gender and Disaster

The Centre for Gender and Disaster, part of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), aims to develop awareness of and responsiveness to gender for risks and disasters, and humanitarian contexts more generally, through excellence in research and teaching. 

The Centre is strongly embedded in gender responsive resilience (GRR) research in disaster risk reduction (DRR). While this research field has a history of several decades, it still lacks an extensive evidence base which is sufficiently scientifically robust to overcome resistance from some policy- and decision-makers. The Centre aims to fill that gap by:

Advancing understanding of gender in the DRR and humanitarian fields (‘gender’ doesn’t just mean ‘women’); 

Building bridges between hazards, DRR and internal or cross-border conflicts – these normally exist in parallel in research even while they frequently overlap in reality; 

Combining gender and disaster research with other subjects, in some of which gender is absent, of low perceived salience, or simply inadequate.

The Centre will focus initially on 5 broad subject pillars, some of which align with UCL’s Global Challenges:

  1.  Social Justice, Equality and Equity; 
  2.  Engineering & Infrastructure; 
  3.  Transformative Technologies; 
  4.  Data (data collection, validation of data, gender analysis, big data); and 
  5. Health & Wellbeing (working with our sister Centre for Gender and Global Health <http://ighgc.org> but with a specific focus on the DRR and humanitarian domains).

The Centre will develop and support challenging research questions and evidence-based research and teaching. It will provide a connection space for researchers, students, policy makers, decision makers, NGOs and anyone who shares a desire to work collaboratively to answer difficult questions. 

The IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster has a sister organization, the Gender and Disaster Network <www.gdnonline.org> (already located at UCL) which provides a social and professional, networking and advocacy space. The new Centre will reach out locally, nationally and internationally to seek partnerships, sponsorships, associations and ways to meet diverse research needs. 

If you are interested in learning more and contributing to the further development of the Centre, please contact the Director of the Centre, Professor Maureen Fordham <m.fordham@ucl.ac.uk>.

News and Events                         

The IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster will be officially launched at UCL on Wednesday 7th March 2018 from 6pm until 9pm. <www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/events-news-publication/launch-centre-gender-disaster

  •  Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 18:00-19:30 
  • Speakers: 
  1.  Cecilia Aipira, United Nations Development Programme 
  2.  Ellie Cosgrave, UCL City Lab 
  3.  Maureen Fordham, UCL IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster 
  4.  Virginie Le Masson, Overseas Development Institute 
  5.  Sara Hall, Stonewall and Sunil Pant, Blue Diamond Society, Nepal 
  6.  Ilan Kelman, UCL IRDR and IGH 
  7.  Roger Yates, Plan International 
  • Followed by a networking reception: North Cloisters, 19:30 - 21:00 

This event is open to the public and free to attend, but you need to register via Eventbrite.

Full event listing and registration here