UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Centre for Gender and Disaster

The IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster aims to develop awareness of and responsiveness to gender for risks and disasters through excellence in research and teaching.

GIRRL Project, South Africa, GDN Africa Regional Hub

The IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster is a world leading trans-disciplinary research centre, based in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL. The Centre aims to bridge the gap between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences by developing awareness of, and responsiveness to, gender in the context of hazard, risk, disaster and conflict. 

The Centre has identified five research pillars as its initial focus, some of which align with UCL's Global Challenges:

1. Social Justice, Equality and Equity: Inclusion, participation, and leadership for all social categories, including intersecting axes of difference and complex identities.

2. Engineering & Infrastructure: Gender responsive infrastructure and planning – making cities, towns and villages work for all; before, during and after disaster.

3. Transformative Technologies: Working with our sister IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE), we focus on gender responsive, gender balanced technologies. 

4. Data: Advocacy for, and collection of, gender disaggregated data. We are also working on the validation of gender data, gender analyses, and the gender dimensions of big data.

5. Health & Wellbeing:  We are working with our sister Centre for Gender and Global Health <http://ighgc.org> but with a specific focus on the DRR and humanitarian domains.


  • Gender and disaster data reviews
  • Gender and disaster bibliographies
  • Studying gender and disaster

– please see our individual pages on all these - coming soon