Femke Mulder

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Femke is a social scientist working in the field of disaster and humanitarian studies. She specialises in knowledge management for disaster mitigation, response and recovery – with a special focus on localised, participatory and inclusive approaches. She has a university teaching qualification (UTQ).


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Femke has a background in organisation sciences and social anthropology. Her research focuses on knowledge management (KM) in disaster and humanitarian settings.

To date, she has studied disaster KM in the context of earthquakes, climate change, global health (esp. HIV/AIDS), conflict and displacement. She is trained and experienced in both qualitative and quantitative social research methods.

Femke has over 15 years of experience in programme management and policy research for government and global NGOs.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Dutch (native)
  • Spanish (professional working proficiency)

Research interests

  • Disaster management
  • Knowledge management
  • Sociology of disasters
  • Humanitarian studies
  • Organisation sciences
  • Social anthropology


  • PG Dip Social Research Methods, The Open University
  • MA Social Anthropology, SOAS University of London
  • BA International Development and History, SOAS University of London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Advisory Board Member, DATAWAR project, Sciences Po Lille, France
  • Member, International Humanitarian Studies Association, International Institute of Social Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Guest editor, Emerging voices and pathways to inclusive disaster studies, Disaster Prevention and Management (2022) 31(1-2).


Selected recent publications

Mulder, F. (2023) 'Localising humanitarian knowledge management: a call for pragmatic robust action'. In: van Wessel, M., Kontinen, T. and Bawole, J. (Eds.) (2023) Starting from the South: Reimagining programming in development collaboration of civil society organizations. Abingdon: Routledge.

Jones, K., Mulder, F., Morga, M. and Wanigarathna, N. (2022) 'Improving organisational resilience to disaster events: an FM perspective'. In: Jylhä, T., Danivska, V. (Eds) (2022) The 21st EuroFM Research Symposium, [Proceedings]. Delft: Delft University of Technology - Breda University of Applied Sciences.

Jones, K., Mulder, F., Morga M. and Wanigarathna N. (2022) 'Improving organisational resilience through data: The TURNkey FWCR platform'. In press in: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (EES).

Dryhurst, S., Mulder, F., Dallo, I., Kerr, J.R., McBride, S.K., Fallou, L. and Becker, J. (2022) Fighting misinformation in seismology: expert opinion on earthquake facts vs fiction. Frontiers in Earth Science.

Eelaferi C.A., Hendriks E., Kmoch, L.M., Mulder, F. and Fuentealba R. (2022) 'Guest editorial: Emerging voices and pathways to inclusive disaster studies', Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 31(2), pp. 1-3.

Eelaferi C.A., Hendriks, E., Kmoch, L.M., Mulder F. and Fuentealba R. (2022) 'Guest editorial: Exploring inclusive publishing practices with early career disaster-studies researchers', Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 31(1), pp. 1-9.

Mulder, F. (2020) 'Governing the humanitarian knowledge commons', Politics and Governance, 8(4), pp. 1-14.

Mulder, F. (2020) 'Humanitarian Data Justice: A structural data justice lens on civic technologies in post-earthquake Nepal', Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management, 28(4), pp. 432-445.

Recent presentations and conferences

Mulder, F., 2022. Business and critical infrastructure use cases for Earthquake Early Warning and Operational Forecasting Systems. TURNkey General Assembly. Orihuela, Spain.

Mulder, F., 2021. Insights for Business Centric Earthquake Early Warning and Operational Forecasting Systems. EGU General Assembly, online.

Mulder, F., 2021. Governing Humanitarian Knowledge and ICTs: the value of pragmatic robust action strategies. Disaster Risk Governance: Where Are We Headed? Webinar Cogitatio Press, online.

Mulder, F., 2021. Humanitarian Data Justice: a structural data justice lens on civic technologies in post-earthquake Nepal. Data Justice Conference, online.

Mulder, F., 2021. The paradox of externally driven local aid. International Humanitarian Studies Association Conference, online.

Mulder, F., 2020. Governing the Humanitarian Knowledge Commons. Crisis Governance: Taking on the Grand Challenges. Netherlands Institute of Governance Conference, online.

Media experience

Disasters Deconstructed podcast, Series 6, Episode 1, ‘Emerging Voices’.