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Dr Hanna Ruszczyk

Post Doctoral Research Associate

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography237+44 (0) 191 33 42364
Assistant Professor (Research) in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience237+44 (0) 191 33 42364



My research is concerned with urban risk and resilience governance strategies and frameworks in cities of the global South. I investigate which portfolio of risks different scales of government are concerned with and which they govern for. Exploring how residents manage their interpretation of risk and how residents interact with local authorities is also a key area of my 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 my research. 

I have spent most of my career living and working in countries that are rapidly changing and urbanising. My international development work, primarily with United Nations agencies (International Labour Organisation and United Nations Development Programme), has focused on livelihoods and local economic development in several countries. One of my professional strengths is my ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in different fields and to collaborate for a common purpose. I am particularly keen to ensure my research is of relevance to practitioners, policy makers and governments. 

Research interests

  • The Governing Life through Technology, Connectivity and Humanitarianism (GLiTCH) Project explores how financial and digital technologies are transforming the governance of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Greece, Jordan, Lebanon and the UK.
  • Livability of Regional Cities in Bangladesh


Chapter in book

Doctoral Thesis

  • Ruszczyk, H.A. (2017). The everyday and events: Understanding risk perceptions and resilience in urban Nepal. PhD.

Edited book

  • Ruszczyk, Hanna A., Nugraha, Erwin & de Villiers, Isolde (2020). Overlooked Cities: Power, Politics and Knowledge Beyond the Urban South. Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City. Routledge.
  • Bracken, L.J., Ruszczyk, H.A. & Robinson, T. (2018). Evolving narratives of hazard and risk: The Gorkha earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article

Masters Thesis

  • Ruszczyk, H.A. (2014). Local understandings of community resilience in earthquake prone Nepal. Masters.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Supervision students