UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Dr Carina Fearnley

Dr Carina Fearnley


Department of Science and Technology Studies
22 Gordan Square


  • Lecturer
    Dept of Science & Technology Studies
    Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL


Carina has a background in Geology and Mining, studied at Imperial College London (BSc and MSc) completing an exploration geologist internship at Rio Tinto. Before completing her PhD studies at UCL she worked in the London financial sector for three years in investment banking and stock brokering. Her research, as outlined above,  is interdisciplinary bringing together hazard science, disaster management, and science and technology studies to better understand natural hazard early warning systems. She is a strong believer that interdisciplinary work can provide enormous benefit to problems that society face today that traditional disciplines cannot address alone by bringing together the wealth of knowledge and techniques of different disciplines so that a better understanding of the problems can be developed, and consequently effective solutions found.

In 2009 she co-organised an international conference on '‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Natural Hazards' that explored ways to put research into practice (www.ucl.ac.uk/drrconference) and is an editor of a related special issue of the journal of Environmental Hazards published in January 2012 (volume 11, number 2). During 2010-2011 she was involved in the Eyjafjallajökull and Grimvötn ash crisis that affected the UK and Europe, publishing a number of articles and reports, and going on BBC radio and TV.  Carina is also a frequent guest volcanologist at Nature Live events at the Natural History Museum in London.

Carina continues her successful collaboration 'The Other Volcano' with the designer Nelly Ben Hayoun (www.nellyben.com) that was part of the 2010 Manchester Science Festival and London Design Week (also 2010); exhibited in the London Wellcome Trust window display from 2010-2011; and published in Wired Magazine amongst others.