Staff in Managerial and Administrative roles, the first point of contact.
Staff who teach, lead and supervise research, and shape the direction of the Institute.
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Managerial and administrative staff and roles
Professor Joanna Faure Walker
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.
Dr Rosanna Smith
Role: Deputy Director
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.
Mrs Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor
Role: Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator
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.
Pamila is responsible for IRDR departmental Finance and HR transactions, queries and other general administrative tasks relating to Finance and HR activities.
Role: Senior Operations Coordinator
Role: Education Administrator
Jose part of the IRDR's Education team, and is responsible for the smotth running of the department's academic programmes.
Nadia supports all GRRIPP research finance including Worktribe costing for research proposals and project financial management.
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.
Role: Work Placements Manager
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.
Role: Senior Education Administrator
Role: Finance and HR Administrator, Research Finance Assistant