UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Key Achievements

The key achievements of the IRDR in 2018-19 were:

  • Launched the IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies.
  • Welcomed the appointments of Dr Gianluca Pescaroli as Lecturer in Business Continuity and Organisational Resilience and Dr Bayes Ahmed as Lecturer in Risk and Disaster Science.
  • Welcomed Amira Osman, Nurmala Nurdin, Jessica Field, Roberto Gentile, Anwar Musah and Akhtar Alam as research staff; and Anjali Saran, Kathinka Evertsen and Xiaojun Zhang as visiting researchers.
  • Congratulated Nurmala Nurdin, Gianluca Pescaroli, Alexandra Tsioulou and Sally Scourfield on graduating with PhDs, while welcoming Mohamed Alwahedi and Mater Almehmadi as new IRDR research students.
  • Proposed new cross-UCL undergraduate humanitarian degree for launch in 2021.
  • Won Commonwealth Scholarships and set up IRDR scholarships for masters students from partner universities in China.
  • Ran first masters residential field course to Southwest England including UK Met Office, Hinkley nuclear plant and flood risk.
  • 700 participants attended IRDR events.
  • Launched monthly Gender and Disaster seminar series.
  • Undertook fieldwork in the UK, Italy, Svalbard, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Oman, Nigeria, New Zealand, Brazil and the Philippines.
  • Won funding from the Royal Society to set up landslide early warning system for Rohingya refugees and host communities.
  • UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health published with IRDR contributing on climate change and disaster risks.
  • Published over 70 academic papers and book chapters in 2018–19.

    Some of our key achievements from earlier years include:

    • Launched the UCL Humanitarian Institute with a Town Hall Meeting in October 2016 and the first Humanitarian Summit in June 2017.
    • Welcomed the appointment of Maureen Fordham, Patty Kostkova, Bayes Ahmed and Sonja Mueller as research staff; Katerina Stavrianaki as Teaching Fellow, Yasmine Boudiaf as Finance/IT Officer; Ben Wisner as Visiting Professor; and the promotion of Joanna Faure Walker and Carmine Galasso to Senior Lecturers.
    • Congratulated Luke Wedmore and Serena Tagliacozzo on graduating with PhDs, while welcoming Mark Shortt, Patrizia Duda, Kholoud Mohsin Al Mufarraji, Saqar Alzaabi and Michiko Shinta as new IRDR students.
    • Launched the new PhD Risk and Disaster Reduction.
    • Launched the new MSc Risk and Disaster Science.
    • Won Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarships for masters students.
    • PhD student Amy Chadderton was a finalist at L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science.
    • 600 participants attended IRDR events from UCL and beyond.
    • Undertook fieldwork in the Italy, Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Nigeria, New Zealand, Mexico and Chile.
    • Our researchers joined the EEFIT post-earthquake disaster mission to Italy.
    • Published over 70 papers and book chapters in 2016-17. 
    • Joined the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.
    • Expansion of the IRDR and Humanitarian Institute prioritised in the 2017 Faculty Strategic Plan presented to the Provost.
    • 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
    • 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'