Nirupama Agrawal, PhD

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Dr. Nirupama Agrawal is one of the founding members of the Disaster & Emergency Management Program and has been a member of its core faculty since 2005. She has previously served on the faculty of the Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies program at Brandon University as well.

Dr. Agrawal has held teaching positions in several Canadian Universities, and even supervised and served as an examiner for more than 60 graduate students.

Dr. Agrawal travels extensively to showcase her research work at conferences and meetings. She has authored over 50 refereed publications, nearly 20 book chapters, and recently a book titled: “Natural Disasters and Risk Management in Canada: An Introduction” published by Springer.

She is the co-editor for a book on “Indian Ocean tsunami”, published by Taylor & Francis in 2006, and the lead author of “Tsunami Travel Time Atlas for the Atlantic Ocean”, which is the first of its kind publication for the Atlantic Ocean.

Her broad research interests include:

  • natural disasters and risk management
  • disaster risk and vulnerability assessment and management
  • flood risk analysis and management using GIS and remote sensing techniques
  • multi-criteria decision making using the fuzzy logic concept,
  • physical dynamics of natural hazards
  • business continuity planning
  • emergency management
  • global/Climate Change
  • community resilience and capacity building,


Professional Highlights

  • Associate Professor, Disaster Risk Management, York University, Canada
  • Working group member, Canadian Dam Association on dam safety and emergency management issues
  • Editorial board member, Natural Hazards Journal, Springer
  • Reviewer, grant proposals and peer-reviewed journals around the world
  • Member of the Advisory board on the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise (ANDROID), Centre for Disaster Resilience, The University of Huddersfield, UK



  • She is a certified (DRI Canada) Associate Business Continuity Professional.


Professional Memberships

  • Member and Chair, Board of Directors, South Asian Women Centre (SAWC), Toronto, Canada
  • Member, Canadian Agencies for Serving South Asians (CASSA), Toronto, Canada



  • Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Master of Hydrology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
  • MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
Last modified on: 10-06-2024