Keynote Speakers at USAR 2017 Conference  Announced

6 February 2017

We are delighted to confirm the keynote speakers for the 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience as follows:

13 June 2017

Professor Jon Coaffee, Resilient Cities Lab, PAIS/WISC University of Warwick, CUSP New York University

Jon Coaffee is Professor in Urban Geography based in the School of Politics and International Studies at Warwick. He is a recognised international expert in urban resilience. At Warwick he has established the Resilient Cities Laboratory, and directs the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. He is also co-lead of the University’s Global Research Priority in Sustainable Cities. Jon’s research focuses upon the interplay of physical, technical and socio-political aspects of urban resilience and he has worked closely with a range of private and governmental stakeholders to ensure his research has real world impact. This work has been published in multiple disciplinary areas and most notably includes: The Everyday Resilience of the City (2008); Urban Resilience: Planning for Risk, Crisis and Uncertainty; (2016) and Routledge handbook of International Resilience (2016). His work has been supported by a significant number of UK and EU Research Council grants linked to building resilience across different socio-technical systems in response to a range of shock and stress events.

14 June 2017

Robert Muir-Wood MA Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions

After a first degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Research Fellow, since 1992 Robert has worked on the development of methodologies for catastrophe loss modelling of earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm and flood perils in Europe, Japan, North America, Caribbean and Australia. He has been head of research at RMS since 2003 with a mission to explore enhanced methodologies for natural catastrophe modelling and develop models for new areas of risk. He was Lead Author on Insurance, Finance and Climate Change for the 2007 4th IPCC Assessment Report and Lead Author for the 2011 IPCC ‘Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extremes..’. and is Vice-Chair of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on the Financial Management of Large Catastrophes. His latest book ‘The Cure for Catastrophe – How we can stop manufacturing natural disasters’ was published in the US and UK in 2016, receiving positive reviews in the New York Times, Science and Nature. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London.