Our Team

Joy Waddell (PhD)

- Research Coordinator

Joy Waddell joined RADAR in 2017 as a research coordinator, responsible for designing, coordinating, and implementing RADAR’s commissioned research. Joy is also lectures into RADAR’s postgraduate Disaster Risk Studies modules and supervises postgraduate students.

Joy’s research interests include urban and community-based risk reduction, disaster governance, and early warning systems in the global South. Joy completed her PhD in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her doctoral research explored flood risk governance in Cape Town and its informal settlements, aiming to identify the barriers and opportunities for a more inclusive and collaborative disaster governance approach in cities of the Global South. Joy completed her MSc in Disasters, Adaptation, and Development from King’s College London, United Kingdom. Her Masters research explored how children in Cambodia perceive and respond to disaster risk, and how this can be used to strengthen disaster risk science education. Joy has previously worked with the Climate Risk Management Team at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Bangkok, Thailand, where she provided technical support to Laos PDR’s national hydrological and meteorological services to improve their early warning systems.


Contact Details

  • Tel: 021 808 9796
  • Email: joywaddell@sun.ac.za
  • Office: Room 0023, AI Perold Building, Stellenbosch University


  • PhD (Environmental and Geographical Science), University of Cape Town, 2016
  • MSc (Disasters, Adaptation, and Development), King’s College London, 2011

Publications, Articles and Research

Waddell, J. (2016). “A nodal governance approach to understanding the barriers and opportunities for disaster governance: A case study on flood governance in an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa.” Doctoral thesis submitted to the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Desportes, I. and J. Waddell (2015). “Improving flood risk governance through multi-stakeholder collaboration: A case study of Sweet Home informal settlement, Cape Town.” South African Geographical Journal. July 2015.

Ziervogel, G., J. Waddell, W. Smit, and A. Taylor (2014). “Flooding in Cape Town’s informal settlements: Barriers to collaborative urban risk governance.” South African Geographical Journal. June 2014.

Waddell, J. and G. Ziervogel (2014). “Multi-actor flood governance in Cape Town’s informal settlements: Unpacking the barriers to collaborative governance.” Paper presented at ICLEI’s Resilient Cities 2014 Congress. 29-31 May 2014.

Waddell, J. “Cambodian children’s perceptions of disaster risk: Using child-centred research to give children a voice.” MSc thesis submitted to the Department of Geography, King’s College London, United Kingdom.

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