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Participatory and localised approaches

Disaster Knowledge Management

About me

Welcome to my website! My name is Femke Mulder. I am a senior research fellow at University College London, UK. I research knowledge management (KM) in humanitarian and disaster settings. I look at the role of KM in disaster risk reduction, response and recovery. To date, I have worked on earthquakes, climate change, global health (esp. HIV/AIDS), conflict and displacement. My focus has been on innovation, ICT4D, community-based action, participation, inclusion and localization.


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Femke Mulder

 Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

University College London

Current Projects

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Smart Disaster Governance NWO project

This project explores the potential of a net-centric approach to disaster governance. My research looks at how local-global collaborations in humanitarian settings could be governed to enhance the effectiveness and social justice outcomes of aid. ​​I focus hereby on knowledge management.

Method: organisational ethnography

Other Activities


DATAWAR explores how the scientific practices of quantitative analysis of armed conflicts shape the perception and interpretation of wars by practitioners.

I contribute to DATAWAR as a board member.

Emerging Voices and Pathways to Inclusive Disaster Studies.

This is a special issue for the journal Disaster Prevention and Management that platforms early career researchers in disaster studies, especially those from non-OECD countries.

I contribute to the special issue as a Guest Editor.


TURNkey Horizon 2020 project

TURNKey aims to develop a data platform for first responders, civil protection and critical businesses and infrastructures to foster earthquake resilience in urban settings. My research looks at how critical infastructure and essential businesses in Europe could use earthquake forecasting and early warning systems to boost their organisational resilience.

Method: participatory action research

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