Prof Maureen Fordham
Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Nov 2015
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).
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.