About us

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"Our mission is to reduce disaster risk for the poor in tomorrow’s cities."

Tomorrow’s Cities is the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Risk Hub – a five-year global interdisciplinary research hub. 

Our aim is to catalyse a transition from crisis management to multi-hazard risk-informed planning and decision-making, for cities in low-to-middle income countries.

We are one of 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs funded as part of the UK AID strategy, putting research at the heart of efforts to deliver the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key positions within the Hub are listed below. For opportunities to join the Tomorrow's Cities team, vacancies can be viewed on this page

Senior Management Team

  • John McCloskey – Co-Director – John.McCloskey@ed.ac.uk 
  • Mark Pelling – Co-Director – mark.pelling@kcl.ac.uk
  • Eliane Reid – Operations Manager – manager@tomorrowscities.org
  • Marina Apgar – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager – M.Apgar@ids.ac.uk

Operations team

  • Linda Azodi – Programme Coordinator – support@tomorrowscities.org 
  • Kate Watson – Finance Manager – finance@tomorrowscities.org 
  • Dave Bell – Communication and Knowledge Exchange Specialist – communication@tomorrowscities.org
  • Iain Stewart – Communications Lead – iain.stewart@plymouth.ac.uk

Hub Executive Committee

Voting members:

Non-voting members:


  • Eliane Reid - Operations Manager, Managing HEC Secretariat and Board Papers
  • Linda Azodi – Logistics and Minutes 

Social Context Research College leads

  • Emily Wilkinson – Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute – e.wilkinson@odi.org.uk
  • Joanes Atela – Senior Research Fellow, African Centre for Technology Studies - J.Atela@acts-net.org 

Infrastructure for Resilience Research College leads

  • Tiziana Rossetto – Professor of Earthquake Engineering, University College London - t.rossetto@ucl.ac.uk  
  • Eser Çaktı – Professor of Earthquake Engineering, Bogazici University - eser.cakti@boun.edu.tr 

Hazard Research College

  • Ian Main – Professor of Seismology and Rock Physics – Ian.Main@ed.ac.uk 
  • Daniel Andrade – Professor, Escuela Politécnica Nacional – dandrade@igepn.edu.ec 

Risk Research College

  • Andrew Maskrey – Coordinator, Risk Nexus Initiative - andrew.maskrey@gmail.com 
  • Alex Barbat – Professor Emeritus, Technical University of Catalonia - barbat@cimne.upc.edu 

Integrating Concepts and Technologies Research College

  • Robert Baxter – Group Manager, University of Edinburgh – r.baxter@epcc.ed.ac.uk 

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