Abdur Rahim Hamidi

Abdur Rahim Hamidi


I am a PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. My research interests include community vulnerability and resilience, flood management and governance, climate adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. My work centers on understanding how people at the community level perceive, experience, and respond to disasters, with a particular focus on floods. I examine the factors that make individuals or communities more or less vulnerable to the effects of floods and explore strategies to enhance their resilience.

Additionally, I am a co-founder of Sustainability Week Pakistan and have actively engaged in sustainability and climate-related initiatives and research projects focusing on assessing flood impacts, vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation in context-specific ways and understanding how communities manage and adapt to flood disasters. I have published my research in journals such as Cities, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Natural Hazards, Sustainability, and Water.

Before joining SRI in 2022, I was a Research Associate at the School of Public Administration at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, where I was engaged in a National Natural Science Foundation of China-funded project focused on 'User-generated content, intelligent mining, and emergency management decision support research in disaster emergencies.' Additionally, I collaborated with the Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management-University of Peshawar, Provincial Disaster Management Authority-Pakistan, and ACF International Pakistan on the project 'Disaster Risk Reduction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.' I also contributed to projects funded by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan's National Research Program for Universities, addressing 'Issues, dynamics, and implications of disaster management in Pakistan' and 'Multi-hazards, vulnerabilities, coping capacities, risk, and resilience assessment of District Peshawar, Pakistan.

My involvement in these projects has provided valuable insights into the complex dynamics of disaster management, risk and vulnerability assessment, and resilience-building at both regional and community levels. I am eager to continue my research in the field and apply these insights to my academic pursuits at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

  • Community vulnerability and resilience
  • Flood management and governance
  • Climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Disaster risk communication


  • MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary), University of Leeds
  • Master of Public Administration, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Bachelor in Disaster Management, University of Peshawar

Research groups and institutes

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services
  • Sustainability Research Institute