Jordana completed her MSc in Urbanisation and Development (LSE, distinction) and also holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences (University of Guelph, honours). Her doctoral research explored the gendered dimensions of risk and insecurity facing urban poor communities in Metro Cebu, the Philippines, focusing on the perspectives and responses of informal settlers living in 'danger zones', as well on governance approaches to disaster risk reduction and urban 'resilience' building relevant to the urban poor.
Before starting her PhD, she spent 5 years working as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion with one of the UK's leading homelessness charities. Prior to moving to the UK in 2008, Jordana also worked in East Africa, Canada and Panama on various community development and capacity building programmes pertaining to HIV/AIDS, food security, youth, and gender mainstreaming. Alongside her PhD, she continues to work as a Social Inclusion and Diversity Consultant for non-governmental organisations in the UK and abroad.
Gareth A. Jones