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Ms Ainsley Trahan

PhD student

Eurasian Infrastructures of Seismic Importance: Transboundary Earthquake Risk Management in Central Asia and the South Caucasus



  • 2022-Present: PhD Student
  • 2019-2020: Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar


  • MPhil in Development Studies, University of Cambridge (Graduated 2022 with Distinction)
  • BSFS in International Politics (International Law, Institutions and Ethics), Georgetown University (Graduated 2019)


  • 2022-Present: Cambridge International Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • 2019-2020: Fulbright Research Scholar
  • 2019: Critical Language Enhancement Award Grantee (Hindi)


I am interested in the ways that historical, political, and geographical factors may influence institutional connectivity in cross-border disaster risk management (DRM) networks. More specifically, my research investigates the impact of a shared Soviet history on transboundary earthquake risk management in Eurasia today (Central Asia and the South Caucasus).

My current project focuses on the cross-border networks that dictate infrastructural preparedness to earthquakes in two case studies: 1) the BTC pipeline that crosses the Azerbaijani-Georgian border, and 2) the Andijan Dam which sits at the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.


  • Part IB: Development Theories, Policies and Practices (Supervisor)
  • Part IB: Inequality (Supervisor)

External activities

  • Co-Convener, Cambridge Disaster Research Network (2022-Present)