UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


PhD Students

PhD Student

IRDR Supervisor(s)

Research Title

Abby EwenMark Pelling Disability and identity in times of Crisis in Nepal, balancing urgency and inclusion in disaster resilience
Ahmed Ziaur RahmanMohammad Shamsudduha  Geospatial Assessment of water and Soil Salinisation Risk to climate and disaster Resilience in Coastal Bangladesh
Aimee ColgateRoberto Gentile and Gianluca PescaroliHow cascading effects of hazard events happening in occurrence are managed 
Aisha AldoseryPatty KostkovaInternet of Things (IoT) based Surveillance System for Predicting Areas that are High-risk of Mosquito Infestation: A Case Study of Mosquitoes Surveillance in Brazil
Alexander ThompsonDavid AlexanderPerceptions of extreme heat as a hazard to healthcare systems
Anuja JaitlyPunam Yadav, Maureen Fordham and Stefan Leeffers

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

Arifin ArifinRichard G. Taylor (UCL Geography) and Mohammad Shamsudduha 

Groundwater characteristics and hydrostratigraphy of the Lower Kutai Basin, Indonesia

Ava SullivanPatty KostkovaCharacterising risky human-animal interfaces to prevent zoonotic disease spillover events
Dan ThompsonGianluca Pescaroli and Rozana HimazLeveraging disaster insurance and financial instruments as policy tools to reduce disaster risk 
David GregoryJoanna Faure Walker and Peter SammondsA statistical study of earthquake recurrence rates on shallow active faults
Izazul HaqMohammad Shamsudduha

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

Jeremy ReynoldsDavid Alexander and Gianluca Pescaroli

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

Joshua AnthonyKaterina Stavrianaki and Simon Day

Evaluating geophysical surveying methods to inform flood hazard risk assessment

Kim-Anh Anastasia Chau

Joanna Faure Walker The efficacy of disaster-related warnings triggering safety-seeking behaviour
Kimon PantelidesDavid Alexander and Gianluca PescaroliDeveloping 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
Lan LiPatty KostkovaThe Real Impact of Social Media on Vaccination: A Comparison Study on Behavior Change between the UK and China
Mark OjalMark PellingRethinking the City in a multi-hazard Resilience Context
Md Ashrafuzzaman (Ashraf)Fatemeh Jalayer and Saman GhaffarianModeling Infrastructure Resilience under Multiple Hazards
Mhari GordonIlan KelmanDisplaced People’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge of the Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Mohamed AlwahediPeter Sammonds and Katerina StavrianakiTime series analysis of borehole strainmeter data in the western US reveals coseismic and postseismic surface deformations associated with intermediate magnitude earthquakes (M4-6)
Musaad S. Almuthaybiri David Alexander and Yasmine SabriHow Does GIS technology impact Emergency Medical Services in Saudi Arabia during Disaster? 
Nicole PaulCarmine GalassoPopulation displacement following disasters
Qiushuang Shi David AlexanderCommunity-based Cascading Risks Assessment
Rebekah YoreJoanna Faure Walker and David AlexanderTransitional Phase(s) to Disaster Recovery
Rob Davis David Alexander and Gianluca PescaroliExploring the flood early warning risk data and how this is used by rescue service for a search and rescue methodology
Roquia SalamBayes Ahmed and Peter SammondsExplainable AI-driven Digital Twin-Enabling Technologies for Rainfall-Induced Landslide Forecasting in Bangladesh

Salma Al Zadjali

Peter Sammonds and Mohammad ShamsudduhaDecadal Variability of Precipitation in Oman and the Assessment of Cloud Seeding in the Al-Hajar Mountains
Sam MitchellJoanna Faure Walker

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

Sangita Thebe LimbuPunam Yadav and Maureen Fordham

Indigeneity, Gender, and Climate Change  

Shiyi ZhangSonja Ayeb-Karlsson and Ting SunAssessing the economic and non-economic impacts of climate transition
Umut LagapSaman Ghaffarian and Roberto GentileIntegrating Digital Twin and Machine Learning for Hazard-Agnostic Post-Disaster Recovery Management
Xiao Han

Peter Sammonds and David Alexander

Disaster, vulnerability, and development
Zerong LiBayes Ahmed and Yasmine Sabri

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

Zhu YuBayes Ahmed and Yasmine Sabri

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



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
Mater AlmehmadiCompletion: September 2023Post Disaster Waste Management Reducing Human Vulnerability when dealing with Toxic Wastes in Post Disaster Waste Management: The Case of Hurricanes
Myles HarrisCompletion: December 2023Prolonged field care theory: prehospital health for disaster risk reduction in remote environments and outer space
Naif AlrehailiCompletion: May 2024Assessing the Emergency Planning Requirements for Responding to Flash Floods in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Rhea LeungCompletion: June 2024Mitigation and disaster preparedness measures enacted in remote mountainous areas affected by earthquake-triggered geohazards