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Ilan Kelman

Dr Ilan Kelman

Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Phone No: 02031081338
ilan kelman

Research Interests

My overall research interest is linking risk, resilience and global health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. I have three main areas:

  1. Peace and conflict: How and why disaster-related interventions (disaster diplomacy, including for climate-related hazards) and health-related interventions (health diplomacy, including pandemics) do and do not influence conflict and cooperation.

    1. Disaster diplomacy
  2. Island sustainability: Creating and maintaining safer and healthier communities on islands and in isolated areas, such as border, Arctic, and mountain communities.

    1. Island vulnerability
    2. Many strong voices
  3. Risk education: Increasing the effectiveness and impact of risk education, focusing on health and disaster risks, including climate change. 

    1. Risk education

Post-disaster and cure-related investigations are an essential part of this research, but I prioritise continual disaster and health risk management in order to implement solutions before it is too late.

Teaching Interests

I co-ordinate the IRDR module GEOLGR05 "Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools". I also give lectures, seminars, and workshops around and outside of UCL on topics such as island sustainability, disaster diplomacy, vulnerability and resilience, disability and disaster, climate change, and interdisciplinary research for sustainability. Dissertations which I have supervised include local knowledge for climate change impacts on small islands, post-disaster response in the Philippines, ecosystem-based adaptation, child health and climate policy, and gender-based violence in post-earthquake Haiti.

Research Publications

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