UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Master's Students' Research Briefings

Our Master's students undertake research as part of their programmes and these briefings give an insight into the variety of areas explored.

“Solidarity Not Charity”. Modelling the Emergence of Mutual Aid Groups in London (UK) during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic

Joshua Anthony, Risk and Disaster Science MSc 2020

The emergence of localised community-led “Mutual Aid” groups has proven a valuable asset in the emergency response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Even though such emergent groups of citizens are commonly seen in disasters, emergency plans rarely make provisions for including them. With the intention of aiding emergency planning, this research report builds a model of the Emergent Mutual Aid Facebook Group using socio-economic population data, structured questionnaire responses and information collected from Facebook group pages.