UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


Professor David Alexander Delivers his Inaugural Lecture

29 October 2013

Professor David Alexander, the IRDR Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction, delivered his inaugural lecture on Monday 7th October on "Around the World in 80 Disasters". The lecture was not only a tour through many natural disasters, but also the way we study them. Attended by over 100 people, it was a truly engaging lecture. A summary can be found here:

In conjunction with his inaugural lecture, Professor Alexander published Four Essays on Disaster:

David Alexander Inaugural

Professor David Alexander joined the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction in October 2012. He was formerly Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2011-2), Ministerial Contract Professor at the University of Florence in Italy (2005-11) and Professor of Geography at the University of Massachusetts (1981-2002). He is the author of several books, including "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe" and "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management". He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, co-editor of 'Disasters' and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. David Alexander teaches emergency planning and management and has research interests in this field and in earthquake epidemiology.