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Research Update: Localising Emergency Management in Nigeria

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Article by Emmanuel Agbo The recent devastating effects of natural hazards globally, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, erosion, tsunamis, and landslides, in spite of the many predictive, defensive and reduction measures, call for great concern. Though this situation is often largely attributable to climate change, population growth and urbanisation, its catastrophic effect to humans and the environment, […]

David Alexander gives keynote talk in Canada

Wednesday, 01 November 2017

Halifax Sound, 1917 and 2017 On 26th November 2017 David Alexander gave the keynote speech at the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network annual conference. His topic was “One Hundred Years of ‘Disasterology’: Looking Back and Moving Forward”. His presentation can be found on The conference was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which, almost exactly 100 […]

On the Provost’s visit to Japan

Thursday, 05 October 2017

I joined the visit to Japan by the UCL Provost, senior UCL academics and staff from the UCL Global Engagement Office, Alumni Relations and the Grand Challenges for a week in September/October 2017. We visited the Fukushima Prefecture (location of the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 after the tsunami), Tohoku University, Kyoto University, a major […]

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

Monday, 31 July 2017

  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.

Friday, 16 June 2017

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

Monday, 15 May 2017

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

Monday, 24 October 2016

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

Friday, 21 October 2016

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

Tuesday, 06 September 2016

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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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 […]