UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Research project staff

Our research project staff lead and supervise IRDR research and contribute to the strategic direction of the institute.

 Research Associates and Fellows

Louisa Acciari

Dr Louisa Acciari

Role: Research Fellow and Co-director of the Centre for Gender and Disaster 
Email: l.acciari@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Louisa Acciari has a Master in Comparative Politics – Latin America (Sciences Po Paris) and a PhD in Gender Studies (LSE). She is one of the Co-Directors of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster. Her research looks at gender in the world of labour through an intersectio

nal and decolonial lens, and in particular, at how marginalised and informal women workers organise to defend their rights. She has been studying and collaborating with the domestic workers’ movement in Brazil and Latin America since 2014, and recently started researching the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the sector. Before joining UCL in August 2020, Louisa worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for 2 years, and has extensive experience in conducting research, consultancy and training on gender and labour rights with the ILO, the International Domestic Workers’ Federation, Solidarity Centre and the OECD, among others. She currently works as Global Network Coordinator for the GRRIPP project.


Jonathan Barnes

Role: Research Fellow in Climate Change Adaptation
Email: jonathan.barnes@ucl.ac.uk


Thaisa Comelli Dutra

Role: Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban Risk Governance
Email: thaisa.comelli@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Jessica Field

Dr Jessica Field 

Role: Research Fellow
Email: jessica.field@ucl.ac.uk


Jessica Field is a humanities scholar interested in the history and political geography of humanitarianism. Jessica is a Co-Investigator on the GRRIPP project and an independent researcher and educator. Her academic research focuses on the history and politics of disaster governance in India, refugee protection and assistance across South Asia and the professionalisation of international humanitarianism. Publications include a co-authored book, The Echo Chamber: Results, Management and the Humanitarian Effectiveness Agenda, an edited volume on the Global Compact on Refugees in India, and dozens of articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Jessica is also a research skills coach and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Susannah Fisher

Dr Susannah Fisher

Role: UKRI Future Leaders Principal Research Fellow
Email: susannah.fisher@ucl.ac.uk

Susannah works across research, policy and practice on adapting to climate change. Her interest is in ensuring climate finance supports effective and equitable adaptation, and that adaptation is at the scale and ambition we need for the escalating impacts of climate change. She is the Principal Investigator of a five-year research programme exploring the politics of knowledge in climate change adaptation, funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. Prior to joining IRDR, Susannah led a research portfolio in Europe’s climate innovation agency and provided technical support to climate funds, philanthropy and civil society on adaptation. She has been a team leader at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) developing action research with local and national governments and an adaptation expert in the UN African Climate Policy Centre based in Addis Ababa (UNECA).  She was previously a Lecturer in the Development Planning Unit and holds a PhD from the geography department at the University of Cambridge.


Professor Maureen Fordham

Role: Professorial Research Associate, Visiting Professor and Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster
Email: m.fordham@ucl.ac.uk

Maureen Fordham is the Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster. She 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).

Femke Mulder

Femke Mulder

Role: Senior Research Fellow, RiskPACC
Email: f.mulder@ucl.ac.uk

Tyler Valiquette

Tyler Valiquette

Role: Research Associate, Uncovering the Hidden Dangers: The Risk of Human Trafficking for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Children in Home Office-Operated Hotels
Email: tyler.valiquette.22@ucl.ac.uk


Jingren Wu

Role: Research Fellow in Damage-Dependent Fragility and Consequence Modelling
Email: jingren.wu@ucl.ac.uk


Debora Galvao 

Role: Finance Assistant, GRRIPP


Project Staff

Aishath Green

Aishath Green

Role: Research Project Officer
Email: aishath.green@ucl.ac.uk

Aishath Green is a Research Manager for the Accountable Adaptation Programme based at IRDR. Aishath has an MSc in Environment, Politics and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Environment and Sustainable Development MSc at UCL’s Development Planning Unit (DPU) for the past two years. During this time she has been involved in guiding young development professionals through DPU’s research learning alliances, with partner organisations including the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and Ardhi University in Tanzania. Prior to this Aishath has also worked in communications with the architectural and design charity CatalyticAction and on freelance projects with Southern Voice, a network of think tanks from the Global South seeking to rebalance the knowledge asymmetry within development.

Nadia Jackson

Nadia Jackson

Role: GRRIPP Finance and Due Diligence Manager
Email:  nadia.jackson@ucl.ac.uk

Nadia is part of the UCL management team for the GRRIPP project, which aims to support the evolution of gender and intersectionality, resilience and sustainability through establishing a new network of networks. Her role is to develop appropriate systems of financial management at UCL and to support the regional management teams (RMTs) based in South Africa, Peru and Bangladesh to develop their own finance systems to be interoperable with UCL and its financial management reporting. She also supports RMTs in developing due diligence processes appropriate to their region and which satisfy UCL’s requirements.

Jess Roberts

Jessica Roberts

Role: Assistant and Reference Guide Developer, GRRIPP
Email: j-roberts@ucl.ac.uk

Jess is an early career gender and sexuality researcher. They graduated from the LSE with a distinction in MSc Gender (Research), specialising in queer socio-linguistics. They have presented primary data from their research at two international conferences and have recently been working with UCL Centre for Gender and Disaster on the GRRIPP project. Their other interests include disability advocacy.


Olivia Walmsley

Role: GRRIPP and GDN Coordinator at the Centre for Gender and Disaster 
Email: olivia.walmsley.19@ucl.ac.uk

Olivia holds an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience and is responsible for assisting with the coordination of the GRRIPP project and the Gender and Disaster Network, alongside managing and developing the Gender and Disaster Bibliography and Reference Guide Series.


Hui Hui Zheng

Role: Assistant Project Officer, GRRIPP
Email: hui.zheng@ucl.ac.uk