Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)



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Dr Gloria Arancibia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. Her research specialism is in the field of applied microstructure and mineralogy.

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Dr John Browning graduated from the PhD programme in Earth Sciences at UCL, and he is currently an Assistant Professor in rock mechanics and geology in the Department of Mining Engineering and the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. His work involves the use of experimental rock deformation techniques combined with numerical modelling and field studies to understand geotechnical and geological problems.

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José Manuel Castro is currently completing a PhD in the History Department at UCL, on ‘Intellectuals, politics and ideology in the era of revolutions. Chile 1964-1980’.  He holds a ‘Becas Chile’ scholarship, awarded by the Chilean Government’s National Agency of Research and Development. José Manuel is interested in political and intellectual history of Latin America in the 20th century, with emphasis on the ideological conflict during the Latin America’s Cold War. 

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Professor José Cembrano is Full Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering in the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. His research specialism is in the field of Andean tectonics, active faults, and the structural geology of deposits.

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Dr Jorge Crempien works and researches in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering in the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. He has a research expertise in ground-motion simulation, seismic cycles on subduction zone faults, and seismic coupling using Bayesian inference techniques. 

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Dr Stephen Edwards is Deputy Director of the UCL Hazard Centre.  He specialises in the teaching, assessment and management of risk associated with natural and environmental hazards and natural resources, particularly multiple hazards, volcanism, water and mining waste.  He uses his experience to facilitate and sustain research and knowledge exchange partnerships with business, industry, government, and humanitarian and development agencies in order to assist them to understand and reduce potential disaster and resource risk through greater engagement with the natural and environmental sciences.

Nicolas Habash
Dr Nicolás Lema Habash graduated with a BA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, and he was recently (2021) awarded his PhD in Philosophy from the Centre d’histoire des philosophies modernes at Sorbonne University. His current research project is on the work of the Peruvian Marxist thinker, José Carlos Mariátegui.

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Dr James Hammond is a Reader in Geophysics at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focusses on seismically imaging the crust and mantle, both on a global and regional scale. He uses seismology to understand how melt is stored and transported from the interior of the Earth to the surface. He has been involved in projects on rifting in East-Africa, with particular focus on Ethiopia and Eritrea, subduction in Indonesia, microcontinent formation in the Indian Ocean and volcanic processes at Soufrierre Hills Volcano, Montserrat, Nabro Volcano, Eritrea and Mt. Peaktu Volcano, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.

Professor Stephen Hart
Professor Stephen Hart is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. His current research project involves a mapping of the diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms of various outbreaks of ill health among the population of the Viceroyalty of Peru in the first half of the seventeenth century – including tertian and quartan fever, typhus, asthma, sciatica, gout, epilepsy, strokes, ringworm and anorexia mirabilis – in the testimonies used by the Catholic Church to beatify (1668) and subsequently canonize (1671) the first saint of the Americas, St Rosa of Lima (1586-1671).

Ilan Kelman
Professor Ilan Kelman is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. That covers three main areas: (i) disaster diplomacy and health diplomacy ; (ii) island sustainability involving safe and healthy communities in isolated locations; and (iii) risk education for health and disasters 

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Professor Juan Carlos de la Llera is Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. He is a structural engineer with a Ph.D. focusing in the area of earthquake engineering. He was host of GEDC 2019 Santiago and he is a GEDC Executive Committee member.

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Dr Carlos Marquardt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering in the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. His research specialism is in the fields of mining and exploration geology, geomorphology and regional and structural geology.

Philip Meredith
Professor Philip Meredith is a Professor in Rock Physics at UCL. He is a member of the Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory Group and the UCL Centre for Materials Research. He has published 180+ research articles in top-flight scientific journals on various aspects of rock physics.

Nicola Miller
Professor Nicola Miller is Professor of Latin American History at University College London. She is interested in the intellectual, cultural, political and international history of the Americas, in comparative and transnational perspectives; and in nationalism and national identity, especially in the Americas. Her current research focuses on the history of knowledge in Latin America. She was recently appointed Director of UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).

Thomas Mitchell
Professor Thomas Mitchell is a Professor in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics at University College London. His research to date has been primarily concerned with two main areas: (a) the experimental deformation of rocks under simulated geological conditions, in order to help interpret natural processes such as faulting and earthquake mechanics and (b) detailed field studies on the structure and properties of strike-slip fault zones over a range of scales to further understand fault growth processes, subsequent mechanics, and bulk hydraulic and seismological properties of a fault zone.

Camila Gatica Mizala
Dr Camila Gatica Mizala, after obtaining her BA at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, completed, in 2015, her doctoral thesis entitled ‘Social practices of Modernity: Cinema-going in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1915-1945’ at UCL, and she is now a Faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Chile, Santiago.

Amelia Roberts
Dr Amelia Roberts is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Institute of Education at UCL. She is the joint programme leader for the MTeach (SEN) programme and she leads on the Knowledge Exchange programme in Social, Emotional and Mental Health; SWERL (Supporting Wellbeing, Emotional Resilience and Learning) which has been rolled out to over 55 schools since 2018.

Tiziana Rossetto
Professor Tiziana Rossetto founded and co-directs the EPICentre at UCL, which is a multidisciplinary research Centre for the study of natural hazard risks to communities and the built environment. She founded and teaches on the MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management. From 2009-2011 she helped establish and co-directed the EngD Centre in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. The main focus of her personal research, has been the development of empirical and analytical methodologies for the derivation of fragility and vulnerability curves, which can be used to predict the probable damage in structures during an earthquake. She recently launched the new UCL-PUC Dual PhD in Resilience in the Faculty of Engineering.

José L. Torero
Professor José L. Torero is Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. He holds a BSc from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Torero works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation where he specializes in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, novel architectures, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft.

Nigel Wight
Nigel Wight is an Economist from Queensland University of Technology, with a Master’s in Social Development from The University of Melbourne, both in Australia. His areas of expertise are the design, implementation and/or evaluation of projects that support the social development of vulnerable communities. Currently, he is working at SMI-ICE-Chile conducting research in areas of social risk in the mining sector. In parallel he is working on his Ph.D thesis examining how the concept of free, prior and informed consent is applied between indigenous peoples and the mining industry in Chile, with the Pascua Lama case study.

Gonzalo Yáñez
Professor Gonzalo Yáñez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. His research specialism is in the area of Andean geodynamics, resource exploration and geophysical techniques.