Staff in Managerial and Administrative roles, the first point of contact.
Staff who teach, lead and supervise research, and shape the direction of the Institute.
Our research staff work on specific IRDR research projects.
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Managerial and Administrative staff and roles
Professor Peter Sammonds
Role: Institute Director
My research aims are to investigate the mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials, through theory, field work and laboratory experiments. The Earth's crust and ice sheets are the parts of the solid Earth with which humankind interact directly, and therefore of the greatest interest to me. I apply my research towards studying the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, particularly in relation to my role as Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.
Dr Rosanna Smith
Role: Deputy Director and Department Manager
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.
Mrs Mumtaz Abdul Ghafoor
Role: Institute Administrator
Mumtaz is responsible for IRDR academic administration, financial contracts, and general administrative queries
Ms Yasmine Boudiaf
Role: Finance, IT and Web Officer
Yasmine is responsible for IRDR financial administration, IT arrangements, and is the IRDR webmaster
Dr Shanshan Zhou
Role: Enterprise and Promotions Officer
Shanshan has a PhD in Change and Complexity Management from Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna di Pisa, Italy, MSc in Innovation Management from Universita di Trento and BA in Advertising from Heilongjiang University, China. Shanshan adopts a holistic approach to resilience for organisations and communities. She is fluent in Chinese, Italian and English.