UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Prof Maureen Fordham

Prof Maureen Fordham

Professorial Research Associate

Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2015

Research summary

Maureen Fordham has been researching disasters since 1988 and is an expert on community-based disaster risk reduction and vulnerability analysis, focusing on the inclusion of a range of marginalised social groups in disaster risk reduction, especially women and girls. She was a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997 and is the Coordinator of its website (www.gdnonline.org) and activities. She has been a governmental advisor at all scales from local through national to the global UN level. She was closely involved in negotiations which led to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. She was a facilitator and researcher involved with developing a gender responsive National Resilience Programme for Bangladesh (launched August 2017) together with the Government of Bangladesh, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Teaching summary

Maureen has teaching experience, both undergraduate and postgraduate, dating from 1989. She has taught across a range of topic areas including hazards and disasters, sustainability, women’s studies, heritage and tourism studies, and research methods, among others. She has been Programme Leader for several postgraduate courses in various UK universities and gives guest lectures in many universities around the world. She has supervised numerous research associates and assistants; and has supervised and examined many doctoral theses in the UK and abroad.


Current Positions:
Professorial Research Associate, University College London (UCL) Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and Visiting Professor (since 2015).
Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster (launching March 2018).
Researcher – Co-Investigator, Durham University, Geography Department (since January 2016).
Professor Emerita (since 2017) Northumbria University, UK.
Director, Gender Etc. www.genderetc.co.uk, since 2016.
Coordinator, Gender and Disaster Network www.gdnonline.org, since 1997.
Research Affiliate, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand, since 2015.

1992: PhD Middlesex University, School of Geography and Planning in collaboration with the National Rivers Authority (Environment Agency) Thames Region. Title of thesis: "Choice and constraint in flood hazard mitigation: the environmental attitudes of floodplain residents and engineers".
1990: Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods in Social Science, Middlesex Polytechnic.
1987: BSc (Science) Society and Technology, Middlesex Polytechnic 

Maureen coordinates the Gender and Disaster Network; is a moderator for the Disaster Resilience JISCMAIL discussion list; is a member of the UN Women's Major Group; and several more.
She is currently developing an online research encyclopedia on Gender, Hazards and Disasters for Oxford University Press as part of its Natural Hazard Science series.