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Maureen Fordham



Maureen Fordham BSc PhD is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. She is the Centre Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at UCL. She has been researching hazards and disasters since 1988 and is an expert on gender and intersectionality; community-based disaster risk reduction; and resilience, capacities and vulnerability analysis, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of social groups in disaster risk reduction. She was a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997 and is the Coordinator of its website and activities. She is a governmental advisor at all scales from local, through national, to the global UN level. She has edited, and is on the editorial boards of, international disaster-related journals. She is affiliated with Northumbria University in the UK, and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Maureen is currently involved in a number of projects, e.g. with Plan International (Adolescent Girls in Crisis – Sahel); with UN Women Bangladesh (Developing a Gender Marker Toolkit to Strengthen Gender Responsive Resilient Infrastructure of Local Government Engineering Department, Bangladesh); and GRRIPP - Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice - Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience' - a UKRI Collective Fund award (ES/T002700/1) for which she is Principal Investigator.

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