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Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy (BSc MA)

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King's College London 
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Rebecca is a Researcher at The Kings College London Centre for Integrated Research on Risk and Resilience (CIRRR) and a Resilience Learning and Capacity Building Officer at Christian Aid.

Rebecca is working on a three year DfID funded consortia run by START Disaster Emergency Preparedness Programme project called Linking Preparedness Resilience and Response in Emergency Contexts (LPRR). The project is focused on strengthening the quality and speed of humanitarian response. It aims to do this by increasing community resilience though exploring and identifying best methods for humanitarian response and conflict prevention programs.  

The project consortium includes; Christian Aid, Kings College London, Safer World, Concern, Action Aid, World Vision, Oxfam and Muslim Aid. The project’s countries of focus include Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines and aims to utilize resilience to bridge the gap between humanitarian response and longer term development programming.

Rebecca has a First class BSc (hons) Human and Physical Geography degree from The University of Reading and a Masters in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from Kings College London. Rebecca specialised her Masters dissertation on Adaptive Capacity in Metro Manila in collaboration with the Red Cross Climate Centre’s Young Scholars Program. Here she was hosted by The Philippines Red Cross where she explored climate change adaptation in four high flood risk informal and formal settlements in Metro Manila.

Prior to working for Kings College London and Christian Aid, Rebecca spent time working for CAFOD as a technical Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) support officer. Here she supported the DRR advisor, developed DRR and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) training packages and resources, facilitated training workshops in London and Nairobi, coordinated the DRR DfID PPA reporting, supported developing funding applications and provided technical support to the campaigns and advocacy and program performance teams.  

In addition to this Rebecca has spent time as a researcher and consultant for the UK Met Office’s International Development Department where she explored how to integrate climate information systems into the newly devolved governance system of Kenya. Rebecca has also spent time as a junior researcher in Manila for the Red Cross Climate Centre exploring methods for Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Management and Restoration .


  • First Class Human and Physical BSc (Hons) from The University of Reading
  • Disasters Adaptation and Development Masters with High Merit from Kings College London University
  • Red Cross Climate Centre Young Scholars Program

Research Interests

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
  • Resilience
  • Resilience informed development and humanitarian response
  • Resilience building in complex contexts; fragile and  protracted conflict states
  • Resilience in urban contexts
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