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Professor Bruce Malamud 

Executive Director & Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk



Bruce joined Durham University on 1 March 2023, as the Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk, and the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR),Durham University.  Bruce is also affiliated with the GeographyDepartment. His research focuses on multi-hazard interrelationships along with single hazard research in landslides, earthquakes, floods and wildfires. Research sub themes include anthropogenic processes, invasive species, time-series analyses, mathematical models, visualisation, complexity, confronting models with data, and communicating science.

Dr Sim M. Reaney




Sim’s research is centred on the movement of water through the landscape and the representation of these hydrological processes within both simulation models and geospatial analysis.His work includes the impact of diffuse pollution from the landscape on water quality, catchment hydrological processes and working with natural processes approaches to flood risk management. The connection between these different areas of work is the concept of hydrological connectivity. The testing and representation of how different parts of the landscape connect via hydrological pathways is key to the understanding of these different environmental pressures.

 Professor David Toll




David joined IHRR as Co-Director in January 2021. He is a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Challenge. His research encompasses both hazards and resilience, with research projects including studies of rainfall-induced landslides in Malaysia, Nepal and Turkey, funded by NERC, AHRC, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Academy and the IHHR Action on Natural Disasters programme. In the UK, David is co investigator on a major £4.8M EPSRC Programme grant (ACHILLES).


Research Associates:


Dr Rebekah Harries


Post Doctoral Research Associate 


Rebekah is an interdisciplinary geomorphologist interested in climate as a driver of sediment mobilisation through mountain ranges and downstream into flood prone areas. Since completing her PhD with the University of Edinburgh, she has worked as a Postdoc Fellow at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Chilean National Research Centre for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN). She combines field data with numerical models to better understand the complex links between rainfall, erosion and sediment transport. Increasingly, she is investing more time in science communication through art and always looking for new collaborations.


Dr Ellen Robson


Post Doctoral Research Associate 


Ellen is a PDRA in Geotechnical Engineering at the IHRR. Her research focuses on developing stakeholder-focused guidance and methodologies in slope stabilisation for lower income countries. Ellen has just submitted her PhD thesis in Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University, which was sponsored by NERC IAPETUS. Her PhD aimed to further understand some of the causes for inadequate road slope stabilisation in lower income country settings and develop stakeholder-focused methodologies based on the findings to aid the planning and design of road slope stabilisation. During her PhD she carried out field work in Nepal and Laos, as well as conducting multiple numerical and lab-based slope stability experiments. Prior to her PhD, Ellen received an MSci in Geology from the University of Birmingham.


Dr Hanna Ruszczyk


Post Doctoral Research Associate 

Hanna’s research is concerned with urban risk and resilience governance strategies and frameworks in cities of the global South. She investigates which portfolio of risks different scales of government are concerned with and which they govern for. Hanna explores how residents manage their interpretation of risk and how residents interact with local authorities which is also a key area of her research. Understanding how the international aid community, different scales of government, and urban residents interact to make regional cities resilient and liveable is an additional element of her research.


Administrative Staff:

Julie Dobson,

Manager, IHRR

Jules Finn

Jules Finn,

Administrator, IHRR

Professors in Practice:

Kate Cochrane, Head of Resilience, NHS Highland

Kate is the Head of Resilience, NHS Highland.  She has wide ranging expertise in planning for, and leading recovery, following major incidents. She has worked on incidents including flooding, modern day slavery, culvert collapse and the Grenfell Fire. Kate was the first person to develop a multi-agency Concept of Operations to support the immediate rescue and longer term response available to adults and children who have been trafficked into and around the UK. This approach was identified as Outstanding Practice by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and was referenced in the Local Government Associations Tackling Modern Slavery publications. Before Kate moved to the Falklands at the start of 2020 she led the preparation of policies and processes for Newcastle City Council for both anticipated and unanticipated events and represented the council on the local, regional and national groups. These groups included; Local and National Recovery Advisory Boards (Cabinet Office), Community welfare after emergencies (Core Cities), Communities Prepared National Steering Group (Cabinet Office) and the National Steering Committee for Warning and Informing the Public (standalone body).

Neil Denton, Independent Community Mediator

Neil believes there is an energy within disagreement and conflict that can be a powerful force for positive change. He helps communities in conflict to find ways to reduce violence, increase justice, solve real life problems and strengthen human relationships. He is an Independent Community Mediator and a Professor in Practice with the After Disasters Network who specializes in conflict transformation. He works to find ways that place communities at the heart of our thinking and doing, and to explore and demonstrate how the principles and practices of conflict transformation can be beneficial to disaster prevention, response and recovery. He also spends time swimming and attempting to create the perfect roast potato.

Previous Professors in Practice:

Flora Cornish, Associate Professor in Research Methodology, Department of Methodology, London School of Economics (13 January 2020 - 12 January 2023)

Flora is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics. She is an expert practitioner in community-led recovery post disasters. Flora was part of a suite of practitioners supporting recovery in West London in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Flora led the work with communities to bring together material and information to build accounts of the process of recovery from different points of view, collaborating with community members on their own stories of recovery, as a foundation for developing practitioner versions. Flora was embedded with emergency management professionals and policy-makers to improve knowledge exchange between the community affected and those attempting to support and manage the event to shape the environment for community-led disaster response and recovery. Flora has played a crucial role in developing a timeline of the unfolding of knowledge about the contamination of air and soil in the local area which outlines the steps through which, over 22 months, residents’ calls for investigation of potential health-damaging contamination eventually resulted in the commencement of a full scientific investigation.

Lucy Easthope, Senior Fellow of the Emergency Planning College (13 January 2020 - 12 January 2023)

Lucy is a specialist advisor on recovery planning and a Senior Fellow of the Emergency Planning College (part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat). Lucy holds a law degree from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Medicine awarded by Lancaster University. Her wider training portfolio includes mass fatalities planning, legal aspects of emergencies, identifying lessons post incident, interoperability, and community resilience in practice. She is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand. Lucy has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of organisations including airports and airlines, government bodies, charities, universities and police services. She has also participated in the response to major incidents including aviation disasters, the Bali terrorist attacks, and the operations at Brize Norton during the military campaign in Iraq. She has a special interest in the care and return of personal effects after disaster, writing and advising internationally on this subject. Her further research interests include the effectiveness of legislation in the field of emergency management and the human aspects of risk management, insurance and business continuity processes. She presents regularly and engagements include presentations to survivors of the New Zealand earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, FEMA, Chinese government representatives, the Metropolitan Police and the American Academy of Forensic Science. She is a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group.

Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank, (1 May 2018 – 30 April 2021)

Edward Twiddy Chief Innovation Officer Edward is a co-founder of Atom Bank. In addition to a number of consultancy and research roles in the UK and the Middle East, Edward’s CV includes spells with the United Nations and HM Treasury, the latter including secondments at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Immediately before joining Atom Edward was CEO of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. With direct experience of central banking in the UK and Iraq, and a leading role in the stabilisation and resolution of Northern Rock. Edward has a PhD in isotope science, an LLM in public international law.  Edward was a Professor in Practice from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021.

Bridget Rosewell, Atom Bank, (1 May 2018 – 30 April 2021)


Bridget Rosewell Senior Adviser, Volterra Partners Bridget’s interests include risk and risk management, infrastructure and its funding, public and private sector co-operation, planning policy and corporate management. She has published on these interests in academic outlets and through policy briefings. Bridget has a non-executive portfolio with public and private organizations and has a wealth of experience across a number of sectors, from fintech start-ups to cement manufacturing and is currently Chair of the Atom Bank Board. She has given evidence both in competition cases and to planning inquiries, and is expert in providing and preparing such economic evidence. She has considerable experience in policy development and implementation, has advised the UK’s Treasury and is also Commissioner for the independent National Infrastructure Commission which has included leading on its project on Northern connectivity and the East West corridor from Cambridge to Oxford.  Bridget was a Professor in Practice from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021. 


PhD Students: 

  • Asfana Esha, PhD Student,
    • Esha started her PhD in 2022 (funded by the Chritopher Moyes Memorial Foundation).  Her tentative PhD title is Avoiding graveyards of drinking water technologies in Bangladesh.  Esha is working on issues around water security, looking at drinking water infrastructure situating them as social, economic, and material infrastructure with the aim to understand how the technologies and their governance affect the experiences of people.

  • Ritwika Basu, PhD Student,
    • Ritwika started her PhD in 2019 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). Her PhD title is Climate resilience with or without migrants in cities of the Global South. It will interrogate the inclusion potential of governance of climate risk and resilience in Indian cities. The work primarily draws on the evolving theories of social resilience, climate justice and environmental and climate mobility.

  • Naznin Nasir, PhD Student, Contact Naznin Nasir
    • Naznin started her PhD in 2018 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). Her PhD focuses on the intersection of postcolonial geography, climate change, and development. Prior to coming to Durham, she was coordinating the migration programme of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Ivo Pink, PhD Student,
    • Ivo started his PhD in 2019 (Donor funded). His PhD title is Modelling and Mapping Flood Hazards in Data Poor Environments: the case of Nepal. The research focuses on the application of remote sensing and geospatial modelling techniques to determine flood hazard patterns and quantify the long-term flood risk in the Himalayan foreland. This includes the I) mapping of source areas for the generation of floodwater and sediments; ii) determination of the flood hazard magnitude and frequency under consideration of climate change impacts; iii) simulation of morphological changes in the flood plains that influence the flood hazards; and iv) simulation of spatial flood hazard patterns under current and future hydrological and morphological conditions.

Previous Students:

  • Sheena Ramkumar, PhD Student
    • Sheena was part of the 2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Philosophy/ Geography. Sheena worked towards developing simple rules to minimize co-seismic landslide hazard. Complex problems such as hazard analysis and mitigation require decision rules that are adequate to the task in a twofold sense: they work for the environment within which the decision is taken; and they work for the decision-maker who, very often, operates under conditions of great uncertainty, computational limitation and temporal pressure.

  • Chandika Shrestha, PhD Student
    • Chandika started her PhD in early 2016 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). Chandika’s research looked at the geography of postdisaster (physical and psychological) health: spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors in Nepal after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

  • Gopi K. Basyal, PhD Student
    • Gopi was part of the 2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and was based in Geography. Gopi’s research developed effective and sustainable communication strategies for people at risk of landslides in mountainous countries. This ranged from effective strategies for knowledge sharing, responding to early warnings and aligning the latest science on earthquake risk with community understandings and responses. Gopi graduated in 2021.

  • Eleftheria Vavadaki, PhD Student 
    • Eleftheria started her PhD in 2018. Her research rethinks the Financial Instruments for Natural Hazards in Developing countries. Eleftheria graduated as a civil engineer from the National Technical University of Athens and combined her engineering background with Socioeconomics and Disaster Risk Finance. Eleftheria graduated 2021.

  • Samprada Pradhan, PhD Student
    • Samprada was the recipient of 2016-Action on Natural Disasters (AND) PhD Scholarship initiated by IHRR, Durham University. Her research focused on investigating the effects of earthquakes and monsoon triggered landslides on the strategic roads along hillside slopes of Nepal. She used her Geotechnical Engineering background to understand failure mechanism of past landslides and model potential roadside slope failure scenarios, using field measurements, soil testing, and computer modelling techniques. Samprada graduated 2020

  • Ayushman Bhagat, PhD Student
    • Ayushman started his PhD in 2016 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). His PhD aimed to understand the effects of mobilities governance on pre and post-disaster mobilities of migrant women in human trafficking prone areas of South Asia. The research extend the understanding of several dimensions of emergency governance that captured the imaginations of mobilities theorists, and build an understanding of gendered mobilities in the midst of the human trafficking narrative. Ayushman graduated 2019.

  • Katy Burrows, PhD Student
    • Katy was one of 2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Earth Sciences. Katy's research focused on the use of satellite radar in identifying earthquake-triggered landslides, using the 2015 Gorkha earthquake as a case study. The aim of the project was to develop an automatic detection algorithm for earthquake-triggered landslides and to use this to produce an inventory of landsliding in Nepal from 2014-2018. Katy graduate 2019.

  • Erwin Nugraha
    • Erwin's thesis was entitled 'Resilience Governmentality: Rationality, Apparatus and Subjectivity in Building Urban Resilience in Indonesia' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. His research focused on “risk governance and governmentality in experimental urban adaptation from Indonesian cities”. The research investigated cities in Indonesia that have joined the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and experiment with adaptation planning, especially when prior institutional frameworks, regulations and successful experiences have never existed. Erwin Nugraha graduated in 2018.

  • Liaqat Hussain
    • Liaquat's thesis was entitled 'Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction: A Study of The Government of Pakistan’s Housing Reconstruction Programme in Azard Jammu & Kashmir after the October 2005 Earthquake' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. His thesis provided an auto-ethnographic study to understand how societies become vulnerable to natural disasters and what role post-disaster housing reconstruction can play in addressing this vulnerability. The performance and impact of the post-2005 Kashmir earthquake housing reconstruction program is evaluated in this study by using the mixed-methods research approach. Linqat’s research attempts to find what factors made people vulnerable to seismic hazard in AJK and turned an otherwise not so big 7.6 earthquake into one of the deadliest environmental disasters in the world. Liaqat Hussain graduated in 2017.

  • Nahid Rezwana
    • Nahid's thesis was entitled 'Disasters and access to healthcare in the coastal region of Bangladesh: a gendered analysis' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. Her research focused on the gender-specific health impacts of cyclones and the factors shaping accessibility to healthcare in disasters. It also investigated current disaster plans and policies for pre-and post-disaster healthcare provision, and to what extent they account for gender. The study was situated in Barguna, Bangladesh, highly vulnerable to cyclones due to its remote coastal location, poor socio-economic conditions and transport, and insufficient healthcare provision. Nahid Rezwana graduated in 2016.

  • Joseph Sambali
    • Joseph's thesis was entitled 'Exploring health risks and Resilience in a Rural Population in the Context of Environment-Related Diseases, Ngara, Tanzania' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. Joseph PhD research explored how communities in Ngara, Tanzania perceive risk of environment-related diseases such as malaria and diarrhoeal disease. This research was developed in an attempt to understand how social and cultural beliefs and perceptions mediate health and the way that they contribute to, escalate or reduce risks to health. The study explored these attributes in the context of two issues: firstly, environment-related health risks pertaining to malaria and diarrheal diseases, and secondly residential perceptions and views of public health interventions and programme. Joseph graduated in 2015.

  • David Damby
    • David's thesis was entitled 'Respiratory Hazards from Volcanic Eruptions in South Asia and Central America' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. This research focused on dome-forming eruptions, particularly fine-grained volcanic ash, which can travel deep into the lungs when breathed in. Once inhaled, it can cause damage and disease or worsen existing health problems. For his research, David studied a selection of volcanoes in South Asia and Central America because of widespread concern over the health hazard of ash to communities due to population density and limited access to health care. David Damby graduated in 2012.

  • Christina Makungu
    • Christina's thesis was entitled 'Young people in self-care: Behaviours and Experiences in farming households in Kilmbero Valley, Tanzania' and was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. Christina completed her Masters in 2011. Her work sought to investigate the vulnerability ad risk exposure of school children to Malaria when parents are away from home farming in the Kilombero valley in southern Tanzania. Christina graduated in social science from the University of Dar es Salaam and previously worked at the Ifakara Health Institute as a research assistant. Christina Makungu graduated in 2011.

  • Robert Šakić Trogrlić
    • Robert is a Hydro Nation PhD Scholar of the Scottish Government at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His PhD explored the role of local knowledge in community-based flood risk management in Southern Malawi while trying to develop pathways for its enhanced use in development approaches. Trained as a Civil Engineer (BSc and MSc from University of Split in Croatia), and with an MSc in Flood Risk Management (IHE Delft, TU Dresden, UPC Barcelona and University of Ljubljana), Robert was an interdisciplinary researcher with interest in disaster risk reduction at local levels, urban flood resilience, multi and cascading hazards, and serious gaming. His goal was to conduct applied research with tackling real-life challenges in the developing world, through coupling his engineering know-how with in-depth perspectives provided by social sciences. For research outputs, see Robert's Research Gate.

  • Muhammad Jahedul Huq (Shovon)
    • Muhammad was funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation. The research aim of the project was to examine climate change adaptation policy in Bangladesh in the context of increasing interest and activity around climate change adaptation and concerns over whether climate adaptation policy and funding are aligned to domestic development priorities. This research project approached through a political economy perspective on climate change adaptation and will follow a qualitative case study approach as the main foundation of methodological design of this research.