Maureen Fordham


Maureen Fordham is a Senior Consultant at Trilateral and supports Trilateral’s projects and research offering.

Maureen has been researching disasters since 1988 and is an expert on gender and intersectionality; community-based disaster risk reduction; and capacities and vulnerability analysis, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of social groups in disaster risk reduction.

Maureen 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.


Maureen is also Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience, and the Centre Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at UCL, and is affiliated with Durham University and Northumbria University in the UK, and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Maureen has edited and is on the editorial boards of international disaster-related journals and she has a PhD in flood hazard mitigation from Middlesex University.