UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha

Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha

Associate Professor in Humanitarian Science

Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2021

Research summary

By academic training and educational background, I am a geoscientist, deeply interested in distribution of earth’s freshwater resources, water risks and resilience, hydrometeorological and climatological hazards, and sustainable development with a special geographic focus on the Global South. Having decade-long research experience on water and climate risks, and environmental sustainability, my aim is to bridge the humanitarian-development divide as I argue that protracted humanitarian crises and human displacement that are rapidly rising worldwide as a result of regional conflicts, natural hazards, and climate change cannot be solved with short-term humanitarian interventions but fundamentally with sustained development solutions, social changes, and global cooperation. I strongly opine that digital data, information technology and geospatial big data can play a crucial role in the humanitarian-development nexus in addressing people’s vulnerability, reducing disaster risks and enhancing societal resilience to global change.

Using an array of geospatial, machine learning, and remote sensing tools, and earth observation satellite data, my research addresses the fundamental challenges to achieving sustainable development by studying the complex interactions of water, climate, and human development. My work promotes building community resilience to climate change and seeks to increase accessibility and reduce water inequality, especially in the Asian megadeltas and Sub-Saharan Africa. I apply my research on water resources as a diplomatic tool to address transboundary hydropolitical conflicts and humanitarian crises that are on the rise in the face of an emerging global climate crisis.

Teaching summary

I love teaching as much as I find my research interesting and important in making real impacts on people, environment and society. My teaching is focused on my own research on water resources, water risks and resilience in the field of humanitarian action and sustainable development with a special focus on the Global South. Students find me passionate, approachable and caring, and my teaching to be informative, engaging, and stimulating.

I co-convene IRDR MSc module IRDR0001 Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability. At the BSc level, I convene IRDR0024 Technology for Humanitarian Studies and contribute to IRDR0020 Climate and Natural Hazard Risks modules.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2011
Auburn University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2007
University of Technology, Sydney
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2004
Dhaka University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2001
Dhaka University
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1998


I received academic training on a range of disciplines and developed technical skills from leading academic institutions in Bangladesh, Australia, USA, and the UK. I served the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in Physical Geography from 2019 to 2021. Between 2012 and 2019, I served UCL IRDR as a Research Fellow working on water and climate risks around the world. I have published more than 50 journal articles and his Google Scholar citation is over 4000. I am currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Hydrogeology Journal and the Frontiers in Water. I am a contributing author on the Water Chapter in the forthcoming 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).