UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Dr Punam Yadav

Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies

Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
9th Apr 2018


London School of Economics and Political Science
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate | 2017
University of Sydney
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Graduate Certificate | 2010
Asian Institute of Technology
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2007
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Other higher degree, Master of Education | 2000


Dr Punam Yadav is Co-director of the Centre for Gender and Disaster and Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is also a Co-Investigator for the UKRI Collective Fund award – GRRIPP Network Plus (2019-2023). Dr Yadav coordinates an MSc module, ‘IRDR0016 Gender, Disaster and Conflict’. She will also be coordinating Humanitarian Research Methods module for the new BSc in Global Humanitarian Studies programme. 

She joined the IRDR in April 2018. Prior to this, she was Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Yadav completed her PhD from the University of Sydney. She started her professional career as a development practitioner in Nepal and worked for over decade with various International and National NGOs before starting her academic career in 2010. She has a number of publications including her recent article, "Can women benefit from war? Women's agency in conflict and post-conflict contexts", published in the journal of Peace Research and her academic monograph Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, published by Routledge in 2016. 

Dr Yadav's research interests include gender, conflict and disaster; gender and development; women, peace and security; impacts of conflict on women including sexual violence; gender and transitional justice; conflict-induced internal displacement, women's reproductive health and rights; sex-selective abortion, and abortion rights. 

Dr Yadav is currently accepting PhD candidates. Please contact her directly, if you are interested.