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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Dr Hanna Ruszczyk

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42364
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 237

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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. 

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  • Dixit, Amod Mani, Shrestha, Surya Narayan, Guragain, Ramesh, Jimee, Ganesh, Dhungel, Ranjan, Pradhan, Suman, Shrestha, Nisha, Acharya, Surya Prasad, Adhikari, Sujan Raj, Bhattarai, Kapil & Ruszczyk, Hanna A. Earthquake Risk Reduction Efforts in Nepal: NSET’s Experience. In: Bracken, L.J., Ruszczyk, H.A. & Robinson, T. Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2018:15-43.
  • Ruszczyk, H.A. & Robinson, T. Introduction to the Gorkha Earthquake. In: Bracken, L.J., Ruszczyk, H.A. & Robinson, T. Evolving narratives of hazard and risk: The Gorkha earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Palgrave Macmillan; 2018:3 - 13.
  • Robinson, T., Ruszczyk, H.A. & Bracken, L.J. Looking and Moving Forward. In: Bracken, L.J., Ruszczyk, H.A. & Robinson, T. Evolving narratives of hazard and risk: The Gorkha earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2018:183-192.
  • Ruszczyk, Hanna A. Reflecting on the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, tread carefully. In: Dominelli, Lena The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work. Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY: Routledge; 2018:500-510.
  • Ruszczyk, Hanna A. The Earthquake and Ideas Lying Around. In: Bracken, Louise A., Ruszczyk, Hanna & Robinson, Tom Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk, The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2018:125-139.

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