Dr Cassidy Johnson

Deputy Network Director

Cassidy Johnson is a senior lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. Dr Johnson’s academic interests are linked by a commitment to improve the quality of life and livelihoods of low-income groups living in urban areas. Her research contributes to the area of disaster risk reduction and recovery and to the role of local governments and civil society in this – and to integrating an understanding of disaster-risk into development. This has encompassed issues of urban planning, housing quality, building code regulations, informal settlements (and upgrading) and evictions.

Dr Johnson is widely published in leading journals on urban development, housing and disasters and she has been influential in policy development. For example, as in her role of one of the authors of the 2010 World Disaster Report and currently as co-lead of the Urban Planning Advisory Group to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.