Nathaniel O'Grady

Nathaniel O'Grady


Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile


I am a cultural and political geographer whose research specialises in the governance of emergencies and crisis. I’ve pursued this interest through a number of different research projects, from examining the development  of risk-based governance in the UK to developing resilience to pandemics across the world. Currently, my work focuses on moves to create critical national infrastructure resilient to climate crisis.  For me, these matters are crucially important for understanding how governance operates in our time; showing as they do how our global futures are imagined, how governments are changing their engagement with the wider environment and what this all means for our agency as citizens amid emergencies both in the present and the future.


I teach on a range of modules across both the BSc International Disaster Management and MSc in Disaster Management. Currently these include:


  • Disaster Politics
  • Security, Resilience and Infrastructures in an Uncertain World
  • Dissertations
  • Scholarship and Practice

 I’d also be interested in supervising PhD projects which probe various crises and their governance through a cultural and political geographic lens. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • emergencies
  • disasters
  • governance
  • security
  • Politics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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