The beginnings and ‘vision’ of GDN

The Gender and Disaster Network is an educational and advocacy project initiated by women and men interested in gender relations in disaster contexts.


It emerged from a meeting during the July 1997 Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center workshop in Boulder, Colorado and became the major outcome of the 'Women's Disaster Research Caucus' convened by Barbara Vogt on 16 July 1997. The Agenda items included:

1) How to network more effectively;

2) How to promote young women professionals;

3) How to promote women and gender issues as legitimate research topics; and

4) Using web-based resources for communication.


Since 1997, GDN comprises of more than 1,000 members although many more people use the site and its resources without registering for the email discussion list.



Document and analyze people's experiences before, during, and after disasters, situating gender relations in broad political, economic, historical, and cultural contexts.


Work across disciplinary and organizational boundaries in support of collaborative research and applied projects.


Foster information sharing, resource building and networking among members.


Build and sustain an active international community of scholars and activists.


Advocate for change in policy and practice at all levels.



Below is a list of all those 36 attendees who recorded their names and contact details during the ‘Women’s Disaster Research Caucus’ meeting convened by Barbara Vogt, on 17 July 1997: Who were the founding members

If you were there that morning and don’t mind being listed on the website, please email your name (and photo) to gdn@gdnonline.org

  • Linda Bourke

  • Kim Carsell

  • Cheryl Childers

  • Ann Close

  • Susan Cutter

  • Niki Dash

  • Elaine Enarson

  • Maureen Fordham

  • Alice Fothergill

  • Suzanne Frew

  • Roni Gordon

  • Janet Workman Gorman

  • Eve Gruntfest

  • Jan Horton

  • Dick Krajeski

  • Karen Kristiansson

  • Greta Lyung

  • Avagene Moore

  • Betty Morrow

  • Mary Fran Myers

  • Sarah Nathe

  • Joanne Nigg

  • Eve Passerini

  • Pam Pate

  • Ann Patton

  • Kristina Peterson

  • Lisa Russell

  • Kim Shoaf

  • John Sorenson

  • Sandra Sutphen

  • Martha Tyler

  • Barb Vogt

  • Burt Wallrich

  • Jennifer Wilson

  • David Wingard

  • Ben Wisner

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Dr. Elaine Enarson

Disaster Sociologist


Suzanne Frew

Independent Consultant 

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Rev. Richard Krajeski

Ordained Pastor


Dr. Maureen Fordham

Disaster Management


Dr. Betty Hearn Morrow

Professor Emeritus

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Burt Wallrich

Contributed Extensively

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Dr. Anggienetta Johnson

Consummate Lifelong Learner

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Rev. Kristina J. Peterson

Mother Jones of Disaster


Ben Wisner 

Disaster Risk Reduction


Avagene Moore 

President of  Emergency Information

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Brenda D. Phillips

Senior Researcher