UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Associate Professor

Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
9th Jan 2017

Research summary

I have successfully completed projects, managed research teams, delivered outcomes with impact and worked with communities that are vulnerable to (a) landslides in China and India; (b) earthquakes in Ecuador; (c) droughts, landslides, cyclones and flash floods in Bangladesh; (d) tsunamis in Indonesia; (e) the Aral sea crisis in Uzbekistan, (f) conflict (Rohingya crisis) in Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh, and (g) Covid-19 impact in Bolivia.

I am the recipient of the prestigious “ICT for Mountain Development Award”, for developing a dynamic and publicly available landslide early warning system (LEWS), from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). On 24 October 2022, I introduced Bangladesh's first-ever web-based LEWS in collaboration with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). To learn more about my work, please visit https://www.landslidebd.com/

Ongoing projects:

[1] Project Manager: "Resilient Futures for the Rohingya Refugees"; £500,000 funded by the Royal Society (Grant Scheme: Challenge-led Grants); March 2019 – April 2023. 

Teaching summary

My teaching includes topics linked to multi-hazard risk mapping, statistics in social sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, research methods (quantitative and qualitative), vulnerability assessment, disaster displacement, landslides, and refugee crises. At UCL, I teach:

IRDR0021: Social and Geospatial Data Analysis (Module Tutor); Level – BSc

IRDR0004: Data Analysis and Interpretation (Module Tutor); Level – MSc


Core Teaching Interests: Application of Geospatial Technologies and Advanced Statistics in Humanitarian Studies and Crisis Management.


Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
Other undergraduate qualification (including professional), Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning |
University College London (UCL), UK
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) | 2017
Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Spain
Other higher degree, Master of Science (MSc) | 2011


I am an Associate Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) at University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL Humanitarian Institute. I lead the MSc Risk and Disaster Science programme at IRDR.


My research interests include disaster risk reduction (DRR), conflict and migration, climate change adaptation, community vulnerability assessment, climate mobility, and geospatial data science. I work at the intersection between conflict and disaster with a vision to improve the living standards of displaced people and the stateless population. I am passionate about working with at-risk people in producing applied policy guidelines to mitigate adverse disaster impacts. I lead the UCL-IDMC disaster displacement research hub.  


I obtained a PhD in Disaster Risk Reduction from UCL in 2017, a joint MSc degree in Geospatial Technologies from Spain, Germany, and Portugal in 2011, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2008. I am a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Disaster Science and Climate Resilience at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an editor of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR). 


To learn more about me, please visit https://www.bayesahmed.com/