we are we4DRR - Maria Papathoma-Köhle

Maria Papathoma-Köhle
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"Work and live in different places. It will not just make you a better scientist but a better person in general."

Maria's career

  • She studied Geology at the University of Athens (Greece) and completed her MSc in Environmental Management Practice at the University of Durham (UK)
  • She was awarded with her PhD in “Tsunami Vulnerability Assessment in Greece” in 2003 by the Centre for Disaster Management, Coventry University (UK)
  • She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in many European projects and as a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Regional Research in Vienna (Austria) and was the scientific coordinator of the MSc "Risk Prevention and Disaster Management" (2009-2016)
  • Since February 2016 works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering at the University of Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna (Austria)
  • In July 2016 she received the Elise-Richter fellowship (FWF) in 2016 to complete her “Habilitation” (2016-2020)
  • She has published many peer-reviewed papers in the field of risk and vulnerability to natural hazards and has presented her research in numerous international scientific conferences

Why natural hazards?

  • Natural hazards and risk research is a multidisciplinary research field bringing together natural and social sciences.
  • Natural hazards are not just physical processes but they uncover underlying processes and conditions such as poverty, inequality etc.
  • Living in Greece, Austria and the UK natural hazards may become part of your everyday life

Her point of view on women in DRR

  • Women are disproportionally affected by natural hazards
  • many women are involved in DRR research, but they are less visible in higher positions
  • women struggle with their career in DRR (and other disciplines) due to personal circumstances (motherhood)
  • the role of women working in DRR (especially in emergency operations) is often underestimated or not adequately presented by the media

Why we4DRR?

  • To identify common problems
  • To make women in DRR visible
  • we4DRR network can act as a network for science and research as well
  • Exchange of data, research results, project ideas, etc.
  • Together we can achieve more

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