Contact IRDR


Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

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

Key Achievements of the IRDR

The key achievements of the IRDR in 2015-16 were:

  • Welcomed the appointment of Dr Farnaz Arefian and Sarah Schubert as IRDR Enterprise and Promotions Managers
  • Our members joined EEFIT earthquake engineering missions to Ecuador and Japan
  • Congratulated Giorgios Papadakis and Giorgos Michas on graduating from the IRDR with PhDs, while welcoming Emmanuel Agbo, Nathanael Harwood, Janto Hess, Tasnuva Tabassum, Rory Walshe and Rebekah Yore as new IRDR PhD students
  • Our Doctoral Research Centre grew to 25 PhD students, funded from diverse sources and co-supervised across UCL
  • We held the fourth IRDR Student Forum for PhD students, fourth Spring Academy for IRDR researchers, staff and student and fifth IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair
  • Maintained out masters student numbers at about 25
  • 600 participants attended IRDR events from UCL and beyond
  • Undertook fieldwork in the Italian Apennines, Outer Hebrides, Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Mexico and Colombia
  • Published over 50 papers and books chapters
  • Joined the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference in Geneva, and the World Bank GFDRR Understanding Risk Conference in Venice
  • At the invitation of the Governor of Fukushima, four IRDR PhD and MSc students went with David Alexander to visit schools, towns and the nuclear plant
  • Developed a web-GIS based landslide early warning system for Bangladesh for which Bayes Ahmed was awarded the 'ICT Development Award'

Some of our key achievements from earlier years include:

  • Attracted £213k complementary funding from the MAPS Faculty and Departments
  • UCL co-leads the euro 4.75 million Cascading Crises European project
  • Launched a new MRes in Risk and Disaster Reduction and an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience
  • Achieved impact for UCL research and reports in government, the City and the global media and through knowledge exchange with partners, internationally