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During my MA, I worked with the Maharashtra Mahila Parishad (1999-2000) and Bhartiya Mahila Federation (2000-2001) in Mumbai. In 1999, I also worked with the Government of Odisha in the District of Jagatsinghpur rehabilitating orphans, widows and elderly impacted by the Super-Cyclone which killed more than 10,000 people. After completing my MA, I worked with CAPART and the Ministry of Rural Development in New Delhi (2001-2002). My experience of working with disaster victims in Odisha in 1999 was instrumental in shaping my life, career and skills. In 2001, I made a successful PhD research proposal to the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Programme to study the effect of Super-Cyclone on women in the Department of Sociology at Warwick University (2002-2006).

After obtaining my PhD in Sociology (2007), I joined Northumbria University’s Disaster and Development Centre (DDC) as an ESRC-Research Associate for the two-year ESRC-DFID funded research project called ‘Exploring the Meaning of Health Security for Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh’ (2007-2009). In 2010, I returned to the Department of Sociology at Warwick University leading the ‘Gender Analysis and Development Practice’ module for the MA in Gender and International Development. From August 2010, I joined the Department of Management and Security at Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Disasters and Emergencies. At Cranfield, I led and developed several modules for the Executive MSc in Resilience, MSc International Defence and Security, amongst others, and several short courses. I was also involved in the ‘capacity building’ of the Indonesian Defence University and Pakistani Defence. I joined the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning in February 2012 as Lecturer in Risk Management. In 2015, I moved to Leicester’s School of Business, and in 2018 I was appointed as Associate Professor in Risk Management.

In October 2020, I launched the flexible learning MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management This MSc is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Paris Protocol on Climate Change.

Currently, I am the External Examiner for the MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development at Northumbria University; ‘Ask an Expert’ and ‘DRR Voices’ on ‘avoidable deaths’ for the UNDRR’s PreventionWeb Network; and Gender and Intersectionality Advisor to the UKRI-GCRF Multi-Hazard Urban Disaster Risk Transitions Hub (based in Edinborough University and Kings College London). I am an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Crisis Management; Editor-in-Chief for the Avoidable Deaths Newsletter; Research Affiliate at the UCL’s Centre for Global Associates International Network, Leicester’s Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, and Northumbria University’s Disaster and Development Network.

In my personal life, I love gardening, cooking, watching films, listening to music and singing. I am a classically trained singer (Lucknow gharana) and kathak dancer. I am fluent in Bengali, Hindi and can understand Marathi and Odiya. I have a Diploma in German language (Delhi University) and a Beginners Certificate for the Japanese language (Hiragana, Warwick University). I am currently challenging myself by learning Karate.

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