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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.
2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Geography. Gopi’s research seeks to develop effective and sustainable communication strategies for people at risk of landslides in mountainous countries. This ranges from effective strategies for knowledge sharing, to responding to early warnings, to aligning the latest science on earthquake risk with community understandings and responses.
Ayushman started his PhD in 2016 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). His PhD seeks to understand the effects of mobilities governance on pre and post-disaster mobilities of migrant women in human trafficking prone areas of South Asia. This research will extend the understanding of several dimensions of emergency governance that has captured the imaginations of mobilities theorists, and build an understanding of gendered mobilities in the midst of the human trafficking narrative.
Katy is one of 2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Earth Sciences. Katy's research will focus 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 is 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.
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 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.
Samprada is the recipient of 2016-Action on Natural Disasters (AND) PhD Scholarship initiated by IHRR, Durham University. Her research focuses on investigating the effects of earthquakes and monsoon triggered landslides on the strategic roads along hillside slopes of Nepal. She will use 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.
2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Philosophy/ Geography. Sheena will work toward 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 started her PhD in early 2016 (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). Chandika’s research will look at the geography of postdisaster (physical and psychological) health: spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors in Nepal after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.
Eleftheria started her PhD in 2018. Her work seeks to rethink the Financial Instruments for Natural Hazards in Developing countries. Eleftheria is coupling her engineering background (graduated as a civil engineer from the National Technical University of Athens) with Socioeconomics and Disaster Risk Finance.
Resilience Governmentality: Rationality, Apparatus and Subjectivity in Building Urban Resilience in Indonesia (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). His research focuses on “risk governance and governmentality in experimental urban adaptation from Indonesian cities”. His research will investigate 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.
Disasters and access to healthcare in the coastal region of Bangladesh: a gendered analysis (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.
Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction: A Study of The Government of Pakistan’s Housing Reconstruction Programme in Azard Jammu & Kashmir after the October 2005 Earthquake (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). His thesis provides 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.
In recent decades adaptation to climate change has emerged as a critical policy agenda, and created tensions with mainstream development agenda of developing countries (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). The research aim of the project is 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 will be 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.
Exploring health risks and Resilience in a Rural Population in the Context of Environment-Related Diseases, Ngara, Tanzania (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). Joseph Sambali’s PhD research explores 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 explores these attributes in the context of two issues: firstly, environment-related health risks pertaining to malaria and diarrheal diseases, and secondly residentsâ€Ÿ perceptions and views of public health interventions and programme. Joseph Sambali graduated in 2015.
Respiratory Hazards from Volcanic Eruptions in South Asia and Central America (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation). David Damby completed his PhD on the ‘Respiratory Hazard of Dome-Forming Eruptions’ dome-forming eruptions emit 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.
Young people in self-care: Behaviours and Experiences in farming households in Kilmbero Valley, Tanzania (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 is a Hydro Nation PhD Scholar of the Scottish Government at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His PhD is exploring 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 is an interdisciplinary researcher with interest in disaster risk reduction at local levels, urban flood resilience, multi and cascading hazards, and serious gaming. His career goal is 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.