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John Twigg

Principal Research Fellow

Portrait of John Twigg
John joined ODI in October 2016 as Senior Research Fellow in the Risk and Resilience programme, following more than 25 years working on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and international development as an academic researcher, independent consultant and in the NGO sector.

John has worked on many aspects of DRR, mostly on socio-economic vulnerability, community resilience, vulnerability/risk assessment methodologies, policy and institutional aspects of disaster management, and project planning and evaluation.  The application of academic research to improve operational practice is a particular interest and much of John’s research output has been aimed at guiding practitioners.


  1. Barriers to urban shelter self-recovery in Philippines and Nepal: lessons for humanitarian policy and practice


  2. The potential of Nepal’s social security allowance schemes to support emergency flood response

    Research reports

  3. Disaster risk reduction strategies: navigating conflict contexts

    Working papers

  4. Intersectional approaches to vulnerability reduction and resilience-building

    Research reports

  5. Child poverty, disasters and climate change

  6. Child poverty, disasters and climate change: investigating relationships and implications over the life course of children

    Research reports

  7. Children in disaster-prone areas in India twice as likely to be living in poverty – new report

    Press Release

  8. Building livelihood and community resilience: lessons from Somalia and Zimbabwe

    Working papers

  9. Disability inclusion and disaster risk reduction: overcoming barriers to progress

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Disability Summit 2018: how to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind

  11. Informality in urban crisis response

    Working papers

  12. 'Building back better': a resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Self-recovery from disasters: an interdisciplinary perspective

    Working papers

  14. Emergent groups and spontaneous volunteers in urban disaster response


  15. Disasters Conference: learning from the past 40 years


  16. Learning from the past 40 years of Disasters

  17. In figures: Disasters journal 1977-2017

  18. Resilience Scan: January-March 2017

    Research reports

  19. Delivering disaster risk reduction by 2030: pathways to progress

    Research reports

  20. Disability and climate resilience: a literature review