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Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

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

Dr Joanna Faure Walker


Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Phone No: 0203 108 1109
Extension: 51109
Joanna Faure Walker

Research Interests

I am interested in using academic research with a multi hazard approach to integrate science with disaster risk reduction both in academia and industry. My main research interests include the mechanics of continental extension and how this relates to seismic hazard.

Most of my research to date has involved calculating strain-rates in the Italian Apennines using field measurements of slip-vectors from striated faults and offsets of Late Pleistocene-Holocene landforms and sediments. Adapting methods of Kostrov [1974], I have calculated strain-rate tensors and compared my results with published strain-rates calculated using geodesy and historical seismicity. My code allows me to calculate and compare strain-rates over different length-scales and timescales.

I have experience of working on disasters such as the 2009 L’Aquila Earthquake and 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake both immediately following the event and on the subsequent recovery from both from an academic and commercial perspective. During my time working at RMS (a catastrophe modeling firm), I gained an understanding of how catastrophe models are designed, developed and used, and how academic research is used by the insurance industry. 

Teaching Interests

I am the course coordinator and principal lecturer for the UCL masters-level courses: “Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction” and “Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability” (two of the core modules on the IRDR postgraduate programmes).

I have experience in lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in structural geology, active tectonics, earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard, and geology for civil engineers.  I have taught on undergraduate fieldtrips focussing on active tectonics, geophysical techniques, geological mapping, and structural geology in the U.K., Italy, and Greece.

Research Publications

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