UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


PhD Students

   IRDR supervisor(s)
Abby Ewen
Abby EwenDisability and identity in times of Crisis in Nepal, balancing urgency and inclusion in disaster resilienceMark Pelling 
Ahmed Ziaur RahmanAhmed Ziaur RahmanGeospatial assessment of water and soil salinisation risk to climate and disaster resilience in coastal BangladeshMohammad Shamsudduha  
Aimee Colgate
Aimee ColgateHow cascading effects of hazard events happening in occurrence are managed Roberto Gentile and Gianluca Pescaroli
zika mapAisha AldoseryInternet of Things (IoT) based Surveillance System for Predicting Areas that are High- risk of Mosquito Infestation: A Case Study of Mosquitoes Surveillance at BrazilPatty Kostkova
Alex Thompson profile photo Alexander ThompsonHealth system emergency preparedness, resilience and response: the case of wildfiresDavid Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli
Field with crop divided into squares
Anuja Jaitly

The impact of crop insurance and anticipatory action at the household level for small holder farmers

Punam Yadav, Maureen Fordham and Stefan Leeffers
Ava SullivanAva SullivanCharacterising risky human-animal interfaces to prevent zoonotic disease spillover eventsPatty Kostkova
MountainBernice Mufor NkekehCommunity Emergency Preparedness and Response. A comparative analysis of the cases of Mount Cameroon and Mount EtnaPeter Sammonds and Lisa Danquah
Christiana IliyaChristiana IliyaDesertification and the Covid-19 pandemic as contributors to food insecurity in AfricaBayes Ahmed
Dan ThompsonDan ThompsonLeveraging disaster insurance and financial instruments as policy tools to reduce disaster risk Gianluca Pescaroli and Rozana Himaz
laquila centroDavid GregoryA statistical study of earthquake recurrence rates on shallow active faultsJoanna Faure Walker and Peter Sammonds

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Emmanuel Agbo Disaster Mitigation and Emergency ResponseA case of flood vulnerability in NigeriaDavid Alexander 
Izaz HaqIzazul Haq

Risk of groundwater salinisation in an Asian Mega-delta under global change: evidence from the Bengal Basin

Mohammad Shamsudduha
Jack Bestwick
Jack Bestwick

Tsunami Evacuation Modelling

Fatemeh Jalayer
Jeremy ReynoldsJeremy Reynolds

Learning from organisations regarding adaptive capacity and their relevance to urban resilience planning

David Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli
Joshua Anthony profile photoJoshua Anthony

Evaluating geophysical surveying methods to inform flood hazard risk assessment

Katerina Stavrianaki and Simon Day

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Khuloud M Al MufarrajEffective risk and crisis communication for better community resilienceDavid Alexander and Katerina Stavrianaki
Ana Chau

Kim-Anh Anastasia Chau

The efficacy of disaster-related warnings triggering safety-seeking behaviourJoanna Faure Walker 

Kimon Pentelides

Kimon PantelidesDeveloping a Consistent Approach to Ensuring Community Resilience to Risk during times of Financial Crisis: A study of Fire Services in Southern Europe and the importance of Quality Assurance systemsDavid Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli
Lan Li photoLan LiThe Real Impact of Social Media on Vaccination: A Comparison Study on Behavior Change between the UK and ChinaPatty Kostkova
Mark OjalMark OjalRethinking the city in a multi-hazard resilience contextMark Pelling
Mater AlmehmadiMater Almehmadi

Post Disaster Waste Management Reducing Human Vulnerability when dealing with Toxic Wastes in Post Disaster Waste Management: The Case of Hurricanes

David Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli
mhari GordonMhari GordonDisplaced People’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge of the Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)Ilan Kelman
Mohamed AlwahediMohamed AlwahediTime series analysis of borehole strainmeter data in the western US reveals coseismic and postseismic surface deformations associated with intermediate magnitude earthquakes (M4-6)Peter Sammonds and Katerina Stavrianaki
Musaad S. Almuthaybiri Musaad S. Almuthaybiri How Does GIS technology impact Emergency Medical Services in Saudi Arabia during Disaster? David Alexander and Yasmine Sabri
Myles Harris photoMyles Harris

Prolonged field care theory: prehospital health for disaster risk reduction in remote environments and outer space

Ilan Kelman
Naif AlrehailiNaif Alrehaili

Assessing the Emergency Planning Requirements for Responding to Flash Floods in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

David Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli

Nicole Paul

Nicole PaulPopulation displacement following disastersCarmine Galasso
Qiushuang Shi profile photoQiushuang Shi Community-based Cascading Risks AssessmentDavid Alexander

Rebekah Yore

Rebekah YoreTransitional Phase(s) to Disaster RecoveryJoanna Faure Walker and David Alexander

Rhea Leung

Rhea LeungMitigation and disaster preparedness measures enacted in remote mountainous areas affected by earthquake-triggered geohazardsDavid Alexander and Simon Day
Rob Davis Profile PhotoRob Davis Exploring the flood early warning risk data and how this is used by rescue service for a search and rescue methodologyDavid Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli
Lal Mohamed Al Zadjali

Salma Al Zadjali

Decadal Variability of Precipitation in Oman and the Assessment of Cloud Seeding in the Al-Hajar MountainsPeter Sammonds and Mohammad Shamsudduha
Sam MitchellSam Mitchell

Improving the understanding of fault mechanics: A seismic study in central Greece

Joanna Faure Walker
Sangita Thebe Limbu Profile photoSangita Thebe LimbuIndigenous Knowledge, Gender, and Climate ChangePunam Yadav and Maureen Fordham

Shinta Michika Puteri

Umut LagapUmut LagapQuantifying post-disaster housing stock resilienceCarmine Galasso and Roberto Gentile 
Xiao (Shaw) Profile PhotoXiao HanDisaster, vulnerability, and development

Peter Sammonds and David Alexander

Zerong LiZerong Li

An integrated approach of GIS and space syntax modelling to investigate how well an ethnic group is integrated into its host city – a case study of the London China Town

Bayes Ahmed and Yasmine Sabri
Zhu YuZhu Yu

Building a mandatory and effective response framework to the disaster chain: Managing hazard materials as a case study

Bayes Ahmed and Yasmine Sabri



Visiting PhD Students:

Liuqing YangNov 2022  
Ruidong LiOct 2022  
Gina Charnley Oct 2019 – Sep 2022Infectious disease outbreaks as a consequence of disaster-related risk factors  
Xiaojun ZhangOct 2018 – Sep 2019The Role of Government in Wenchuan Earthquake Reconstruction: A Mixed Methods Study 



IRDR PhD Alumni:

Andria SarriCompletion date: Jan 2015Statistical emulation of tsunami models for more efficient uncertainty and sensitivity analyses 
Alexis Cartwright-TaylorCompletion date: April 2015A non-extensive statistical physics approach in earthquake geophysics 
George MichasCompletion date: Dec 2015Generalised statistical mechanics description of fault and earthquake populations in Corinth Rift (Greece) 
George PapadakisCompletion date: Dec 2015A non-extensive statistical physics analysis of seismic sequences: Application to the geodynamic system of the Hellenic subduction zone. 
Luke Wedmore Completion date: Dec 2016Assessing seismic hazard in central Italy from rates of slip and earthquake recurrence through geophysical and geodetic measurements 
Serena TagliacozzoCompletion date: June 2017Social Media in disasters 
Katerina StavrianakiCompletion date: June 2017Complexity of seismicity in a statistical physics view: From fracture to earth's scale. 
Bayes AhmedCompletion date: July 2017Community Vulnerability to Landslides in the Chittagong Hill Districts of Bangladesh 
Zoe MildonCompletion date: September 2017

Geography of earthquake recurrence on active faults

Danielle CharltonCompletion date: May 2018New approaches to volcanic hazard mapping at Campi Flegrei, Southern Italy 
Gianluca PescaroliCompletion date: June 2018Cascading crises 
Sally Scourfield

Completion date: February 2019

The consolidation and deformation of brash ice 
Rory WalsheCompletion date: September 2019Ground-truthing the assumptions of climate change impacts on small island states by cross-referencing multiple methods 
Nathanael HarwoodCompletion date: September 2019A rise in the frequency of extreme weather in response to Arctic Amplification and its implications for European decision-making  
Tasnuva TabassumCompletion date: July 2020

Assessing seismic hazards by using generalized linear modelling for Gumbel-distributed data: From a Bayesian perspective

Janto HessCompletion date: July 2020Financing adaptation in Small Island Developing States: Investigating tourism related adaptation funds. 
Omar VelazquezCompletion date: December 2020Investigating the cross-disciplinary components of Earthquake Early Warning Systems 
Patrizia DudaCompletion date: March 2021Community-Based DRR&R in the Arctic. 
Mark ShorttCompletion date: July 2021Risks to Arctic offshore operations: Consolidation and strength of thick sea ice features. 
Justine UyimleshiCompletion date: August 2021Effectiveness of the Nigerian emergency management system with respect to building collapses, human stampedes and electrical power failures 
Gillian DaceyCompletion date: August 2021Surviving earthquakes: A study of preparedness advice and protective actions 
Claudia SgambatoCompletion: April 2022Variations in fault parameters and seismic hazard in the Central and Southern Italian Apennines. 
Melodie VanderpuyeCompletion: May 2023Investigating spatio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes