UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Gender, War and Peace

We are interested in exploring various aspects of gendered impacts of war as well as women’s agency in conflict and post-conflict contexts.


Our experience of any crisis is largely determined by gendered power relations and unequal social structures. Women, men and sexual minorities are impacted differently in conflict and disaster. In general, more men are likely to die in conflict, whereas more women die in disaster. This is due to their gender roles, social expectations and unequal power relations. Women are faced with different forms of violence in conflict and disaster, as they are in their everyday life. Hence, we are interested in exploring various aspects of gendered impacts of war on women, men and sexual minorities. We are also interested exploring women’s agency in war and post war contexts. Some of the topics we are currently involved in are:

  • Gender and Post-conflict Transformation
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • Feminist Peace Research
  • Gendered impacts of Internal Displacement and Refugee
  • Women in Leadership
  • Increasing women’s access to humanitarian assistance
  • Gender, conflict and Disaster as a continuum

Temporary Internally Displaced People-IDP camp in Kathmandu, following the 2015 Erthquake in Nepal. Photo: Punam Yadav, 2017.













Banner image: Purmima Mane, UNFPA, at the launch of Nepal Action Plan on women, peace and security in New York in 2011. Credit Norway UN Mission Martin Lerberg Fossum

Current activities

GRRIPP project

Teaching: MSc Module: IRDR0016 Gender, Disaster and Conflict

Gender and Political quota project

UCL-Tohuku Strategic Partnership project