UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Research Staff

Our research staff work on specific IRDR research projects




Dr Simon Day

Dr Simon Day

Role: Senior Research Fellow
Email: simon.day@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Nurmalahayati Nurdin

Dr Nurmalahayati Nurdin

Role: Research Fellow
Email: Nurmalahayati.nurdin.13@ucl.ac.uk

My research interests focus on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in education, school vulnerability and resilience, curriculum development and secondary school science curriculum. 

I currently work for Indonesia School Program to Improve Resilience (INSPIRE) program that aims to combines a wide range of state-of-the-art risk and resilience models into a comprehensive safe school framework in Indonesia.

Some of my publication including Improving school resilience, who are the key actors?. A perspective from Indonesia, expert view, published in prevention web and chapter book, Integrating DRR and CCA into school curriculum in Indonesia, published by Springer in 2017.


Caroline Wood

Caroline Wood

Role: Senior Research Fellow / Project Coordinator
Email: caroline.wood@ucl.ac.uk

My research interests focus around the use of theory, change techniques and evidence-based practice to underpin development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour.  I currently work as a Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator for several global digital health projects including GASDA - gamified antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) decision support app and MANTRA - mobile technology support for perinatal women in rural parts of Nepal. 

Hui Zhang

Dr Hui Zhang 

Role: Visiting Research Fellow
Email: hui.zhang@ucl.ac.uk

My research interests focus around community disaster resilience and risk communication. I try to find out the influencing factors of resilience in disaster-affected areas of Japan and China, and try to combine qualitative and quantitative methods in the research. 


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Dr Punam Yadav 

Role: Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director, IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster
Email: p.yadav@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Punam Yadav joined the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster as a Research Fellow in April 2018. Prior to this, Dr Yadav was Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Yadav completed her PhD from the University of Sydney in December 2014. She started her professional career as a development practitioner in Nepal and worked for over ten years with various International and National NGOs before starting her academic career in 2010. Therefore, she calls herself a practitioner academic. Dr Yadav's research interests include, gender and disaster; gendered impacts of conflict on women, development; women, peace and security; social transformation, conflict related sexual violence; transitional justice; conflict-induced internal displacement, gender planning and mainstreaming, women's reproductive health and rights; sex-selective abortion, and abortion rights and South Asia. She has a number of publications including her recent academic monograph Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, published by Routledge in 2016.

Roberto Gentile

Dr Roberto Gentile 

Role: Research Fellow in Earthquake Engineering IRDR 
Email: r.gentile@ucl.ac.uk

My research is focused on the seismic assessment of existing structures, with particular reference to reinforced concrete buildings and bridges. Along with numerically-based non-linear static and/or dynamic analyses, I try as much as possible to use “by hand” methods, such as the Displacement-Based Design/Assessment and the Simple Lateral Mechanism Analysis (SLaMA). In this way, I aim to achieve a greater impact with my research, trying to contribute both to the state of the art and practice. Currently I am involved in the INSPIRE project, led by Dr Carmine Galasso, which aims to assess the impact of earthquakes on school infrastructure in Indonesia and investigate the enhancement of the resilience of schools through retrofitting of buildings, and disaster risk reduction education.

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Dr Akhtar Alam 

Role: Research Fellow  
Email: akhtar.alam@ucl.ac.uk

My research primarily aims to evaluate the components of disaster risk. I attempt to develop hazard, vulnerability and exposure scenarios at varied spatial scale. Furthermore, I am interested to assess the spatio-temporal dynamics of earth surface systems; integrate qualitative and quantitative data for decision making, and understand the interplay of natural and social processes.

Jessica Field

Dr Jessica Field 

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

I am an interdisciplinary scholar and my research focuses on past and present humanitarian crises in Asia. Recent publications have examined disaster management and refugee protection in India and the conflict-disaster nexus in the Philippines. I advise on humanitarian policy and am a member of UNHCR India’s Research and Advocacy in Action Group and an Advisory Group member for Save the Children India’s new Risk Vulnerability and Resilience Centre of Excellence in Delhi. I am co-investigator on a British Academy grant, "Rohingya Journeys of Violence and Resilience in Bangladesh and its Neighbours: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives".

Rosanna Smith

Dr Rosanna Smith

Role: Deputy Director, Department Manager, and Senior Research Fellow
Email: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 02076793157

As Deputy Director, Rosanna plays a key role in developing and implementing the strategy for the UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and enabling it to achieve its objectives, operating at a high level to ensure new research, programmatic, and teaching and learning initiatives in the area of Risk and Disaster Reduction (RDR) are integrated across disciplines, faculties and departments at UCL. 

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Dr Amira Osman

Role: Social Science Research Fellow in Conflict, Disaster and Migration
Email: amira.osman@ucl.ac.uk

My teaching experience includes working as a secondary teacher with the British Council in Botswana. I have also worked as a Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, and taught at the University of Bradford.

My academic and non-academic experience has included working in Africa (primarily East and Southern Africa), the Middle East, and the UK, focusing primarily on internally displaced people, refugees, humanitarian aid, human trafficking, and conflict resolution and peace building. I have worked with different national and international NGOs including the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Gender Centre for Reseach and Training (GCRT), Refugee Action, and Migrant Help.