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 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.

Rosanna Smith

Dr Rosanna Smith

Role: Deputy Director 
Email: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk

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
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.


Pamila Bhatia

Role: Finance and HR Administrator
Finance queries: irdr-finance@ucl.ac.uk
HR queries: irdr-hr@ucl.ac.uk

Pamila is responsible for IRDR departmental Finance and HR transactions, queries and other general administrative tasks relating to Finance and HR activities.


Afsana Begum

Role: Senior Operations Coordinator
Email: afsana.begum@ucl.ac.uk

Jose Delgado

Jose Delgado

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

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

Nadia Jackson

Nadia Jackson

Role: GRRIPP Finance and Due Dilligence Manager
Email:  irdr-finance@ucl.ac.uk

Nadia supports all GRRIPP research finance including Worktribe costing for research proposals and project financial management.

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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.

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
Email: irdr-education@ucl.ac.uk


Matthew Lee

Role: Finance and HR Administrator, Research Finance Assistant
Email: irdr-finance@ucl.ac.uk