UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Dr Punam Yadav

Research Fellow: Gender and Distasters

Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
9th Apr 2018


London School of Economics and Political Science
PGCert, Academic studies in Higher Education | 2017
University of Sydney
PhD, Political Science and Social Science | 2014
Grad. Cert., War & Peace studies | 2010
Asian Institute of Technology
MSc, Gender studies | 2007
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
MEd, Mathematics | 2000


Punam Yadav is a Senior Research Fellow and the Co-Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster. She joined 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 in December 2014. She started her professional career as a development practitioner in Nepal and worked for over ten years with various International and National NGOs before starting her academic career in 2010. She has continued engagements with various organisations working in conflict and humanitarian settings. 

Dr Yadav is interested in examining the gendered impacts of disaster and the complex interplay between different types of disasters and their impacts on peoples’ lives and their gendered characters. The uniqueness of her research is that she is interested in examining not only the negative impacts of disaster but also their empowering effects. She has a number of publications including her recent academic monograph Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, published by Routledge in 2016.

Dr Yadav's research interests include gender and disaster; gendered impacts of conflict on women, gender and development; women, peace and security; social transformation in post -conflict post-disaster contexts, impacts of conflict on women including sexual violence; gender and transitional justice; conflict-induced internal displacement, conflict sensitive programme management; gender analysis, gender planning and mainstreaming, women's reproductive health and rights; sex-selective abortion, and abortion rights, South Asia and Nepal.