UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Rebekah Yore

Transitional Phase(s) to Disaster Recovery

I’m a final year a UCL IRDR PhD candidate with over ten years of experience working for NGOS in the development and humanitarian fields. My research comprises disaster risk mitigation processes before, during and in the first few months and years following an event, demonstrating how transitional phases to disaster recovery can be crucial time periods in determining longer-term vulnerability among hazard-exposed populations. Through analysing case studies from around the globe of microinsurance initiatives as a mechanism for disaster preparedness, I have looked at how considering such initiatives through both a humanitarian and business lens can be most helpful to disaster affected people. My fieldwork-led studies of the effectiveness of warning systems support the notion of warning systems being a process in which scientific, communications, social and infrastructure components need to be considered, and my 2020 paper in Disasters proposes that these components can be considered in terms of foreground factors, those factors that relate directly to the warning system, and background factors relating to culture, understanding, trust, perception and decision-making power of the individuals affected. My research on disaster microinsurance, the complexity of hazard warning systems and temporary housing ultimately accentuates that disaster preparedness, emergency response and longer-term reconstruction are highly social and strongly connected processes, and improving one means considering them all.

I am currently the coordinator for the Local Procurement Learning Partnership (LPLP) Advocacy Group for the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA), and through UK-based humanitarian organisation Rescue Global , I am collaborating on an innovative disaster and anti-slavery project with the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab. 


Tsioulou, A., Faure Walker, J., Lo, D. S. & Yore, R. (2020) A method for determining the suitability of schools as evacuation shelters and aid distribution hubs following disasters: case study from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Natural Hazards https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04380-3