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Duae Zehra

Research Assistant

Duae is a Research Assistant collaborating on the City Leadership Lab’s ‘Vaccinating the Nexus’ project. Her work focuses on understanding how four cities in Latin American and London learn from crises by analysing various ‘disruptive’ events such as floods, fires and electrical shutdowns. The project is centred on developing a model that can assist governments and institutions in making informed decisions and policies for disaster risk reduction.

Before joining UCL STEaPP, Duae gained experience as a Research Assistant focusing on marginalised communities and low-income settlements in the Global South. Her past projects include an analysis of sanitation services in Durban, South Africa, and a rapid flood risk assessment of large slums in Maputo, Mozambique. She has a strong interest in international development for the urban context in cities across the globe.

With a Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London (2015), Duae has recently completed an MSc in Engineering for International Development at UCL. Her Masters gave her the opportunity to work on a range of projects with various organisations, including Engineers Without Borders UK, the SANEPAR water utility company in Brazil, and Groundwork London on their Climate Proof Housing projects across the city.

Outside of her research Duae enjoys swimming, basketball and reading books on historical fiction, climate change and astronomy. She is also passionate about learning American sign language and playing the ukulele.