Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett

Nibedita Ray Bennett

Associate Professor in Risk Management

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5754
  • Email: nsrb1@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.26, Teaching Centre, Brookfield
  • Office hours: Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm by appointment only

Personal details


I am a sociologist specialising in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and international development.

I received BA in English Literature from the University of Delhi (1998), MA in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2001) and PhD in Sociology from Warwick University (2007).

Full biography


  • MN7632 Managing Risk and Crisis
  • MN7633 Research Methods in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management
  • MN7634 Case Studies of Crises and Disasters
  • MN 7637 MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (Dissertation Supervision)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Programme Director for the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (2018-2021)
  • Academic Leader for the CSSU’s Study Schools (2012 - present)
  • Module Leader for MN7632, MN7633, MN7634 and MN7637 (2012-current)


My research focuses on two-interrelated issues of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and international development. This includes understanding the nuances of ‘vulnerabilities’ and ‘risks’ that exist in societies and in the seams of disaster management organisations.

Further information on my research

Current projects


I am interested in hearing from potential PhD students intending to pursue research in the following areas:

  • soft systems and reflective thinking in disaster risk management
  • reducing human deaths in disasters (Sendai Goal One)
  • any stage of the disaster risk management cycle
  • governance of early warning systems for droughts/floods/cyclones/landslides/multi-hazards
  • health security and reproductive health to promote resilient primary health care systems
  • governance and accountability in disaster risk reduction
  • human rights agenda and theory of justice in disaster risk management
  • gender mainstreaming in disaster management organisations
  • critical analysis of disaster management policies and programmes
  • caste, class and gender in disasters

Region: particularly from South Asia, South East Asia, Pacific Islands, or other developing and middle income countries.

Current PhD student

Mrs Denise Corsel (2016- current) – Topic: Flood risks and livelihood resilience in Takeo Province of Cambodia. Professor Peter Jackson (Co-Supervisor).



Ray-Bennett, N.S. 2017. Avoidable Deaths: A Systems Failure Approach to Disaster Risk Management. Springer Nature, Switzerland. Environmental Hazard Series.

Full list of publications


Social media

Press appearances

2018: ‘Orientation Programme held for health workers in Belkuchi Upazila’, Dhaka Tribune, 28 June.  https://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/health-wellness/2018/06/24/orientation-program-held-for-health-workers-in-belkuchi-upazila

2018: ‘DMA, University of Leicester release findings of two research projects’ Dhaka Tribune, 1 March http://www.dhakatribune.com/health/2018/03/01/dma-leicester-ippf-projects/.

2018: ‘Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management: Future Leader Programme’ University of Leicester’s Press Office, 17 January. https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/business/news-and-events/future-leader-programme

Full list of press appearances

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