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 2014-15 were:

  • Welcomed the appointment of Carmine Galasso as Lecturer in Catastrophe Risk Engineering, made jointly with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, and strengthening our links with EPICentre and earthquake engineering
  • Welcomed the appointment of Robert Wicks as Lecturer in Space Weather Risks, made jointly with the Department of Space and Climate Physics and the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory in an exciting new development
  • 10 IRDR staff were included in the research excellence ‘REF’ submissions by the Departments of Earth Sciences, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and Statistical Sciences, and we contributed to 2 impact case studies
  • Mumtaz Ghafoor was appointed as IRDR Administrator, Farnaz Arefian as Enterprise Manager, Zehra Zaidi as research associate, Steve Kirby as Honorary Professor, David Cope as visiting professor and Björn Erlingsson as honorary researcher
  • Congratulated Andria Sarri and Alexis Cartwright-Taylor as the first PhD students to graduate from the IRDR while welcoming Andrew Goldsmith, Omar Velazquez, Justine Uyimleshi and Rhea Leung as new IRDR PhD students and Alexandra Tsioulou, Stelios Minas, Ivy Zhou, Michael Duong and Enrico Mariconte appointed jointly with other departments
  • Our Doctoral Research Centre grew to 23 PhD students, funded from diverse sources and co-supervised across UCL
  • Held the second IRDR Student Forum for our PhD students, second Spring Academy for all IRDR researchers, staff and students and third IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair
  • Our masters student numbers grew to 25
  • 550 participants in IRDR events from UCL and beyond
  • Undertook fieldwork in the Himalayas, the Arctic Ocean, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, Japan, the USA, Italy and Greece
  • Published over 60 papers and book chapters in 2014-15 including the most “liked” paper on social media ever published by the American Geological Association
  • Joined the UNISDR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, hosting a session on disasters and rights
  • We have provided evidence to the House of Lords Arctic subcommittee, published in the IRDR Arctic Report.

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