UCL WRC's current research students and their ongoing projects
I am a PhD student at UCL’s Science and Technology Studies department where my research focuses on technological hazards, accidents and early warning. Previously, I completed an MSc in International Development at Birkbeck College, University of London and I have a BA from Oxford University.
Outside academia, I have worked in the fields of risk management, development and international trade.
PhD Researcher in Environmental Science (Department of Geography)
Rachel is an Environmental Science PhD Researcher in the Department of Geography, her studentship funding is provided by the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. Rachel’s research focusses on New Zealand’s tsunami warning system, exploring considerations for enhancing hazard communication and response. Her research seeks to understand how official warnings are decided upon and communicated and the ways in which warnings can be tailored through education and engagement measures to improve tsunami awareness and preparedness. Rachel’s research aims to improve the understanding of and responses to official tsunami warnings and natural tsunami warning signs, contributing to the development of tsunami resilient communities in New Zealand and beyond.
Mhari Gordon has strong research interests in natural hazards, disasters, displaced populations, and risk communication. In October 2021, she started her PhD study at UCL’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and in September 2022 joined the UCL Warning Research Centre. She has been active in public engagement on her research, including presentations, academic posters, and popular science blog posts. Alongside the PhD, she has been a teaching assistant in IRDR's new BSc in Global Humanitarian Studies programme. In July 2022, Mhari achieved the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her performance and contribution to teaching and supporting learning. Prior to starting the PhD, Mhari completed an MSc in Risk (Distinction) at the University of Durham's Institute of Hazard, Risk, and Resilience and a BA in Geography (2.1) at the University of Exeter. She also has work experience as an Intern in the Information Unit at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and as an environmental consultant trainee.