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Dr Punam Yadav
2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle
IRDR University College London, Gower Street
United Kingdom
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  • Associate Professor
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Dr Punam Yadav is Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Gender and Disaster at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is also a Co-Investigator of the UKRI Collective Fund award – GRRIPP Network Plus (2019-2023), the outgoing co-chair of the Feminist and Gender Studies Section (FTGS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the General Secretary of the Britain Nepal Academic Council (BNAC). She joined the IRDR in April 2018. Prior to this, she was a senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Yadav completed her PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia. She started her career as a development practitioner in Nepal and worked for over a decade with various International and National NGOs before starting her academic career in 2010. She has a number of publications including her recent article, "Can women benefit from war? Women's agency in conflict and post-conflict contexts", published in the journal of Peace Research and her academic monograph Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective, published by Routledge in 2016, which has also been translated into Chinese.  


Dr Yadav's research interests include gender, peace and conflict studies, International development, gender and disaster; women's political representation; conflict related sexual violence (CRSV); gender and transitional justice; conflict-induced internal displacement and refugee, women's reproductive health and rights; sex-selective abortion, and abortion rights. 


Dr Yadav is currently accepting PhD candidates. Please contact her directly, if you are interested. 

Research Summary
Scholar of Gender, Peace and Conflict, contributing to the field of Feminist International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science and Disaster Risk Reduction, I have made outstanding contributions to scholarship in the following four areas: i)theorising social transformation through a gender lens (Yadav 2016); ii) theorising women’s agency in war and post-war contexts (Yadav, 2021); iii) Critical perspective on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the WPS Agenda (Yadav 2017, 2021); iv) theorising a feminist vision for transformative change in DRR (Yadav et al., 2021). My other research contributions include theorising feminisation of peace research, women's political representation and continuum of violence.

Teaching Summary

1. IRDR0016 Gender, Disaster and Conflict (MSc)

2. IRDR0041 Qualitative Research Methods (BSc)

3. IRDR0012 MSc Independent Project (2021-2022)

01-OCT-2022 Associate Professor Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2020 Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction UCL, United Kingdom
09-APR-2018 Senior Research Fellow (Co-Director) IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   Postgraduate Certificate London School of Economics and Political Science
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Sydney
2010   Graduate Certificate  
2007   Master of Science Asian Institute of Technology
2000   Master of Education Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
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