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Climbing the ladder to success

(3 July 2019)

Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director of our Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), gave a snapshot of her journey to the top at a recent podcast recording.

Listen, encourage, empower

Louise currently leads the IHRR and started her Durham career in the late 90s. Louise worked her way up the ladder from lecturer to professor, successfully moving into the Executive Director role in 2015.

During the podcast recording, Louise joined a lively panel discussion on issues that affect women in work, including shared parental leave and balancing work with family life.

Louise also gave us an insight into how Durham’s research is helping to solve global issues, including work with women in urban and rural Nepal to help empower them to manage the risk of disasters.

Thanks to the research, local women have successfully built a wall to help prevent a landslide and introduced measures to protect homes from fires, both of which can have a devastating impact on communities.

Power to the partnership

Getting to the top of your game isn’t usually a journey you make on your own. Working in partnership with people has been an important part of Louise’s career and has helped her to draw on the skills and expertise of people around her.

At Durham, we use our own skills and expertise to solve problems and change lives.

Sue Black, our Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, is using her passion and experience of technology to run TechUP, a programme which retrains 100 women for a tech career.

As part of the podcast, you can hear Sue talk about her career to date and how tech changed her life.

Find out more

  • You can hear Louise talk about her career and other topical issues here.
  • Durham hosted the podcast recording which was led by Northern Power Women, an organisation which calls for more opportunities for women in work across the North of England.
  • At Durham, we have a number of partnerships with companies such as Northumbrian Water, IBM, Procter and Gamble and Atom Bank, where we are using our research expertise to solve industry challenges.
  • Read about our IHRR and Professor Louise Bracken
  • Learn about TechUP .

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