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UCL IRDR Public Events Calendar 2016/17

Event Date and Time Venue Event Chair
UCL IRDR Special Seminar: Gender Responsive Resilience by Professor Maureen Fordham Tues 11th Oct, 18:00-21:00 Wilkins Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre Gordon Ross
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 15th Nov,
Medawar Watson Lecture Theatre  Gordon Ross
Alumni and Members Dinner
 Tues 22nd Nov, 18:00-22:00
Haldane Room
IRDR Administrator
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 6th Dec,
Medawar Watson Lecture Theatre  Gordon Ross
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 10th Jan,
Physics Building, Room A1/3 Gordon Ross
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 7th Feb,
Physics Building, Room A1/3 Gordon Ross
 IRDR Careers Fair
Weds 1st March, 17:00-20:00
Darwin Lecture Theatrea nd Roberts Foyer
Rosanna Smith
Public Panel Discussion and Reception
Weds 8th March, 18:00-19:30 (+ reception)
Anatomy JZ Young LT and North Cloisters
Rosanna Smith
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 14th Mar,
Physics Building, Room A1/3 Gordon Ross
IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 2nd May,
Physics Building, Room A1/3 Gordon Ross
IRDR Annual Conference
Weds 21st June, 09:00-20:00
Roberts G06 and Roberts Foyer
Rosanna Smith


New Research Published: Tourism Industry Financing of Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:28:40 +0000

  Tourism is the most important economic sector in many small island developing states (SIDS), often driving development. Tourism in these island nations is however, threatened by climate change impacts, such as sea level rises or tropical cyclones. To cope with the damage costs of these impacts, a larger amount of money will be needed. […]


Understanding the Nigerian Emergency Management System: A Key to Improving Preparedness.

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:50:12 +0000

Nigeria has over the years, been challenged with human induced disasters unlike other parts of the world that have faced the challenge of natural hazards. Reports revealed that between July 2013 and March 2016, Lagos state alone recorded four major cases of building collapses with around 122 dead and several injured. Between September 2013 and […]


Investigating the Implementation of Disaster Education in Indonesia

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:43:47 +0000

Schools can play an important role in reducing the impact of disasters, and students can be very vulnerable to the effects of disasters if they are not prepared with sufficient knowledge. My study therefore focuses on the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) concepts into the Secondary High School curriculum in Indonesia. As part of […]


Working in the USA for 6 months as a visiting researcher

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:48:23 +0000

I am a third year PhD student in the IRDR and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL. My research focuses on the use of simulated ground motions in catastrophe risk engineering. Earlier this year, I travelled to the USA to work as a visiting PhD student for 6 months at the University […]


Five members of the IRDR visit Amatrice as part of the EEFIT mission

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:31:30 +0000

Six weeks after the earthquake that struck Amatrice, central Italy, EEFIT (Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) deployed a team to the region to investigate the damages. The team involved five members of the IRDR; Prof. David Alexander, Dr Joanna Faure Walker, Dr Carmine Galasso and PhD students Zoe Mildon and Serena Tagliacozzo. Joanna and Zoe’s […]


Italian Earthquakes, Large and Small

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:01:55 +0000

O 1693 c’ha succirutu! E si n’ha ghiutu lu Vallu ri Nuotu S’u u pi sorti an-Catania iti Ciù ri milli voti lacrimati! Catania ca era ciù perfunna Ricca ri –ngegnu e ri storia ornata Spincitivi l’ate a truviriti L’afflitta virgine a batiuoti.* (Burderi 2014) Traditional poem on the M 7.4 earthquake that struck Sicily […]


Interview with Rebekah Yore, PhD Candidate at IRDR and Research Associate at Rescue Global

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:16:02 +0000

Rebekah Yore is a second year PhD Candidate in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is carrying out a PhD co-sponsored by Rescue Global, an international organisation specialised in disaster risk reduction and response. In her PhD, she explores how local and international intervention following the initial aftermath and transitional period of disasters affects […]


Interview with Gianluca Pescaroli, founder of the Cascading Disasters Research Group at IRDR

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:35:54 +0000

Gianluca Pescaroli is a third year PhD student in the IRDR and one of the founders of the Cascading Disasters Research Group ( The group aims to understand, assess, and mitigate the escalation of crises in the global interconnected system. – Gianluca, how did you come up with the idea of creating a research groups on cascading […]


Resilient to Landslides: The Indigenous Tribal Communities of Bangladesh

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:06:19 +0000

Landslides are common socio-natural hazards in the Chittagong Hill Districts (CHD) of Bangladesh. Communities living in the hills of CHD can be categorized as urbanized and tribal, each community experiences a different level of risk to landslides. With this knowledge, I conducted fieldwork in the three tribal hill tracts districts (Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati) in […]


Not working in Japan, aka travelling

Fri, 13 May 2016 09:30:55 +0000

As well as working during my fellowship in Japan (see previous blog post), I have been able to travel around much of the country and see a variety of sights. My first travels outside Sendai were to the Fukushima prefecture to meet with a group of UCL students who were in the country for a […]