UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


PhD Students

Ahmed Ziaur Rahman
Ahmed Ziaur RahmanGeospatial assessment of water and soil salinisation risk to climate and disaster resilience in coastal Bangladesh
Christiana Iliya
Christiana IliyaDesertification and the Covid-19 pandemic as contributors to food insecurity in Africa
Ava Sullivan
Ava SullivanCharacterising risky human-animal interfaces to prevent zoonotic disease spillover events
Aimee Colgate
Aimee ColgateFlood modelling and climate change implications
Md Main UddinNon-Traditional Security of Bangladesh Focusing on Rohinga Crisis and Its effects in the Region
Zerong Li
Zerong 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

Umut Lagap
Umut LagapQuantifying post-disaster housing stock resilience
Zhu Yu
Zhu Yu

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

Dan Thompson
Dan ThompsonLeveraging disaster insurance and financial instruments as policy tools to reduce disaster risk 
mhari Gordon
Mhari GordonDisplaced People’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge of the Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).


M Vanderpuye
Melodie VanderpuyeInvestigating spatio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes.


Rebekah Yore
Rebekah YoreTransitional Phase(s) to Disaster Recovery


E Agbo
Emmanuel Agbo Disaster Mitigation and Emergency ResponseA case of flood vulnerability in Nigeria.


K Muffarraji
Khuloud M Al MufarrajEffective risk and crisis communication for better community resilience.


S Zaabi
Saqar AlzaabiVulnerability Assessment of Coastal Areas to Cyclone Hazards: A Case Study from the Sultanate of Oman.


Rhea Leung
Rhea LeungMitigation and disaster preparedness measures enacted in remote mountainous areas affected by earthquake-triggered geohazards.



Shinta Michika Puteri 

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 systems.
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David GregoryA statistical study of earthquake recurrence rates on shallow active faults.
Mater Almehmadi
Mater Almehmadi

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

Mohamed Alwahedi
Mohamed AlwahediTime series analysis of borehole strainmeter data in the western US reveals coseismic and postseismic surface deformations associated with intermediate magnitude earthquakes (M4-6).
Lal Mohamed Al Zadjali

Salma Al Zadjali

Decadal Variability of Precipitation in Oman and the Assessment of Cloud Seeding in the Al-Hajar Mountains
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Myles Harris

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

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Xiao HanDisaster, vulnerability, and development. 
Xuanrong Wang
Xuanrong WangAgricultural insurance in China.
Jeremy Reynolds
Jeremy ReynoldsLearning from organisations regarding adaptive capacity and their relevance to urban resilience planning.
Bernice Mufor NkekehCommunity Emergency Preparedness and Response. A comparative analysis of the cases of Mount Cameroon and Mount Etna.
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Aisha AldoseryInternet of Things (IoT) based Surveillance System for Predicting Areas that are High- risk of Mosquito Infestation: A Case Study of Mosquitoes Surveillance at Brazil
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Lan LiThe Real Impact of Social Media on Vaccination: A Comparison Study on Behavior Change between the UK and China
Naif Alrehaili
Naif Alrehaili

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

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Alexander ThompsonHealth system emergency preparedness, resilience and response: the case of wildfires
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Rob Davis Exploring the flood early warning risk data and how this is used by rescue service for a search and rescue methodology
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Joshua Anthony

Evaluating geophysical surveying methods to inform flood hazard risk assessment

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Olafiyinfoluwa Taiwo

Multisectoral Approach to Planning for Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction. 

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Qiushuang Shi Community-based Cascading Risks Assessment
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Sangita Thebe Limbu

Indigenous Knowledge, Gender, and Climate Change

Musaad S. Almuthaybiri
Musaad S. Almuthaybiri 

How Does GIS technology impact Emergency Medical Services in Saudi Arabia during Disaster?



Visiting PhD Students:

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



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.