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 and Head of Department
Email: p.sammonds@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 0207 6792422 / 07795056201

I work at the interface of natural and social sciences. My research and knowledge exchange is on natural hazard risks, disasters and recovery. I have worked on earthquake mechanics, volcanoes and ice physics in the Arctic. I work on research council, British Academy and Royal Society-funded projects on Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Border Conflict Zones and Resilience Futures for the Rohingya Refugees. I have advised the UK research councils on the increasing resilience to natural hazards programme; been a member of EEFIT Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation teams, contributing to inter-disciplinary reports on disaster, taken up widely by government for policy advice; and been a Commissioner on the UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, 2017–18, whose report has been influential. I am currently the Gender and Intersectionality Ambassador for the UKRI network+ GRRIPP project led by the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster.

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.

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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.

Sonia Fullerton

Sonia Fullerton

Role: Teaching and Learning Administrator, undergraduate programme
Email: humanitarian-info@ucl.ac.uk 

Sonia is responsible for academic administration for the BSc, undergraduate student support and general queries related to the undergraduate programme.

Nadia Jackson

Nadia Jackson

Role: Research Finance Manager
Email:  irdr-finance@ucl.ac.uk

Nadia supports all IRDR 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.

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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.

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Afsana Begum

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