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Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle

Professor David Alexander


Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Phone No: 0203 108 1108
Extension: 51109
Prof David Alexander

Research Interests

David Alexander carries out research in diverse aspects of disaster risk and response. In his work on earthquake epidemiology, he has studied the causes and patterns of mortality and morbidity (death and injury) in major seismic events. He is currently writing a book on recovery from disaster and has studied this in the context of recent earthquakes in various countries. He is also conducting research on methods of emergency planning and management, and on theoretical modelling of disasters. Recently, he has written about the Costa Concordia shipwreck, the 2010 Icelandic volcanic eruption and its implications for transport planning and cultural models of people's reactions to the threat of disaster.

Teaching Interests

David Alexander's teaching mainly concerns holistic aspects of disaster risk reduction and practical matters in emergency planning and management. For many years he has taught courses on how to formulate and apply emergency plans, both generally and in the context of different contingencies and sectors, including business continuity, cultural heritage protection, medical emergency response and industrial disaster management. David Alexander was trained as a geographer and geomorphologist and for more than three decades he has maintained teaching and research interests in natural hazards and their consequences. He is particularly interested in the characterisation and assessment of vulnerability to major hazards.

Research Publications

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