UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Announcing GRRIPP

20 November 2020

The IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at UCL, has been awarded a prestigious Network Plus grant as part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.


The GRRIPP project, Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice – Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/research-projects/2020/nov/gender-responsive-resilience-intersectionality-policy-and-practice), is a four-year global collaboration and knowledge-exchange project. It aims to bring together theory, policy and practice to promote a gender-responsive approach to disaster management and development. Almost £2 million will be dedicated to support projects in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and South Asia, responding to the needs and priorities identified in each region. With this, we aim to make knowledge produced in the Global ‘South’ more visible and support diverse initiatives that can have a positive impact on local communities.

GRRIPP is not only about innovative research and development initiatives but also proposes to develop innovative methods and ways of working; we are committed to lead the project in a feminist way and will be guided by a decolonial approach, by which we mean a critical reassessment of power relationships between and within countries, communities and social relations more generally. Our structure of management is flat and horizontal, and all the partners will follow a code of conduct that ensures a diverse, fair and safe working environment. The needs of each region and scope of the projects will be defined through a collaborative process with the Regional Networks and will be orientated by a gender and intersectional lens. The regional projects aim to provide the opportunity to build capacity, support early career researchers and practitioners, and give visibility to those who do not usually benefit from access to funding. In this regard, GRRIPP is not just another ‘development’ project, but rather an international collaboration that brings to the forefront initiatives from the Global ‘South’. With this change of focus and methods, we will contribute to renew theory and implement better policies and practices in the field of disaster risk reduction and development.

This project is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Programme.

More information

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. 

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. www.ukri.org 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses the global issues faced by developing countries. It is a £1.5bn Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy fund and part of the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance commitment. For more information visit. www.newton-gcrf.org


The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction is The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) is a young and growing institute with a mission to lead transdisciplinary research, advanced teaching and knowledge exchange in London, the UK and internationally. It aims to impact global humanitarian challenges and to promote education for global citizenship and the research-connected curriculum. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/


University College London (UCL) is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 42,000 students from 150 countries. UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the most recent Research Excellence Framework and is ranked 10th in the 2021 QS World Rankings. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/


Regional Leads

  • Professor Pablo Vega Centeno Sara Lafosse, Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru
  • Dr Mahbuba Nasreen, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Thematic Leads

  • Professor Sarah Bradshaw, Middlesex University School of Law, UK
  • Professor Camillo Boano, UCL Development Planning Unit, UK
  • Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Loughborough University, Civil and Building Engineering, UK
  • Dr Hanna Ruszczyk, Durham University, Geography Department, UK
  • Dr Jessica Field, UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UK
  • Professor Peter Sammonds, UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UK

UCL GRRIPP Management Team

  • Professor Maureen Fordham, UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Centre for Gender and Disaster, UK
  • Dr Punam Yadav, UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Centre for Gender and Disaster, UK
  • Dr Louisa Acciari, UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Centre for Gender and Disaster, UK

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Belen Desmaison, Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru
  • Dr Kylah Forbes-Biggs, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
  • Dr Virginie Le Masson (UCL Management Team), UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Centre for Gender and Disaster, UK


  • Nadia Jackson, (UCL Management Team), UCL Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UK