UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction



Contacting staff in the IRDR

For general enquiries, please use the following email addresses:

Taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes: irdr-education@ucl.ac.uk

PhD programmes: irdr-pgr@ucl.ac.uk

General enquiries about the department: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Using the emails above means your query can be handled quickly if individual staff members are not available.


Professional Sevices Staff

Staff in managerial and administrative roles, the first point of contact.

Academic & Teaching Staff

Staff who teach, lead and supervise research, and shape the direction of the Institute.

Research Project Staff

Our research staff lead and supervise IRDR research projects and contribute to the strategic direction of the institute.

PhD Students

See the projects our research students are undertaking.

Honorary Staff & Visitors

Honorary Academics and research staff at UCL IRDR.


Professional Services staff

Managerial and administrative staff and roles.

Joanna Faure Walker

Professor Joanna Faure Walker

Role: Professor in Earthquake Geology and Disaster Risk Reduction, Head of Department
Email: j.faure-walker@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0203 108 1109

Earthquake geology and seismic hazard are my main research themes. I study faults in the Earth's continental crust to better understand the physical processes controlling earthquake locations, timing and generation. I am also interested in disaster resilience, especially topics such as risk perception, warning and shelter. I am motivated to tackle scientific problems that have potential to improve quality of life. My teaching encompasses earthquakes and other natural hazards, disaster-related vulnerability and risk, and integrating science into decision-making. I have industry experience working for the catastrophe modelling firm RMS and academic consultancy practice for clients such as the World Bank.


Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor

Role: Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator
Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 02031081108

Mumtaz is responsible for IRDR postgraduate teaching and learning academic administration, and providing teaching and learning administration guidance to the rest of the IRDR team.

Jose Delgado

Jose Delgado

Role: Senior Education Administrator
Email: irdr-education@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7679 9616 (internal 

Jose is part of the IRDR's Education team, and is responsible for the smooth running of the department's academic programmes. 

Sarah Jeal

Sarah Jeal

Role: Communications and Digital Content Manager
Email: s.jeal@ucl.ac.uk or IRDR-Comms@ucl.ac.uk

Sarah is responsible for developing, delivering and reviewing the institute’s student recruitment and external communications strategy, and their contingent elements, especially marketing, events, and building networks and partnerships. She manages the department's digital channels, including the IRDR website and social media channels.

Nicola Jordan

Nicola Jordan

Role: Work Placements Manager
Email: nicola.jordan@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 679 9403 (ext 09403)

Nicola is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with partners and managing employer / host engagement with the IRDR and its students, especially to secure summer placements for BSc Global Humanitarian Studies students.


Paula Ktorides

Role: Senior Education Administrator (on secondment)
Email: irdr-education@ucl.ac.uk

Paula is part of the IRDR's Education team, and is responsible for the smooth running of the department's academic programmes. 

K Mbamba

Kamariyah Mbamba

Role: Senior Research and Finance Officer
Email: irdr-finance@ucl.ac.uk

Kamariyah is responsible for financial side of supporting grant applications, finance reporting, and procurement.


Claire Meade

Role: Engagement, Networks and Partnerships Manager
Email: c.meade@ucl.ac.uk

Claire is responsible for engagement strategy, event management and alternative funding streams.


Harpreet Mullay

Role: Education Administrator
Email: irdr-education@ucl.ac.uk

Harpreet is part of the IRDR's Education team and supports students and staff with BSc, MSc and MRes administration.


Dhash Ramanathan

Role: Operations Administrator 
Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Dhash is responsible for IRDR departmental staffing and HR administration, operational support, events administration and assistance with some finance administration.


Nidhi Rathod

Role: Department Manager
Email: n.rathod@ucl.ac.uk

Nidhi is responsible for managing the professional services team, administrative procedures, estates, finance, HR, and non-teaching departmental operations.