UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Key Achievements

The key achievements of the IRDR in 2016-17 were:

  • Launched the UCL Humanitarian Institute with a Town Hall Meeting in October and the first Humanitarian Summit in June.
  • 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.

      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
      • 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'