UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction



Find out more about the people behind UCL IRDR

Core 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 Staff

Our research staff work on specific IRDR research projects.

PhD Students

See the projects our research students are undertaking.

Honorary Staff & Visitors

Honorary Academics and research staff at UCL IRDR.


Core Staff

Managerial and Administrative staff and roles

Professor Peter Sammonds

Professor Peter Sammonds

Role: Institute Director
Email: p.sammonds@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 6792422 / 07795056201

My research aims are to investigate the mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials, through theory, field work and laboratory experiments. The Earth's crust and ice sheets are the parts of the solid Earth with which humankind interact directly, and therefore of the greatest interest to me. I apply my research towards studying the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, particularly in relation to my role as Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.

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Dr Rosanna Smith

Role: Deputy Director and Department Manager
Email: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 02076793157

As Deputy Director, Rosanna plays a key role in developing and implementing the strategy for the UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and enabling it to achieve its objectives, operating at a high level to ensure new research, programmatic, and teaching and learning initiatives in the area of Risk and Disaster Reduction (RDR) are integrated across disciplines, faculties and departments at UCL. 

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Mrs Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor

Role: Institute Administrator
Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 02031081108

Mumtaz is responsible for IRDR academic administration, financial contracts, and general administrative queries.

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Ms Yasmine Boudiaf

Role: Finance, IT and Web Officer
Email: irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 02031081108

Yasmine is responsible for IRDR financial administration, IT arrangements, and is the IRDR webmaster.

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Sarah Jeal

Sarah Jeal

Role: Communications and Events Manager
Email: s.jeal@ucl.ac.uk or IRDR-Comms@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 679 9490 (internal ext 09490)

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.