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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

Faure Walker is interested in using academic research with a multi hazard approach to integrate science with disaster risk reduction in academia, industry and NGOs. Faure Walker’s main research area is the mechanics of continental extension and how this relates to seismic hazard. Her principal publications focus on the importance of fault geometry and rates of motion in understanding fault interactions, fault growth and the dynamic forces controlling these.

To date, her research has been focused on 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], she has calculated strain-rate tensors showing the long-term spatial distribution of deformation along faults within the Apennines. By comparing her results with strain-rates calculated using geodesy and historical seismicity, uplift rates, and topography, she has provided new insights into regional mechanisms of continental extension, fault growth, seismic hazard, the seismic cycle, and how the spatial pattern of earthquake recurrence is controlled by fault evolution and sub-crustal processes. 

Faure Walker has also participated in post disaster investigations abroad in Japan, Italy and the Philippines, with a particular focus on vulnerability in the transitional phase of recovery and seismic risk perception.

Teaching Interests

Joanna is the Programme Director for the IRDR MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience and the PGCert in Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is the module tutor 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 for the IRDR postgraduate programmes).

Joanna has experience as a guest lecturer on a number of undergraduate, masters and PhD training modules for UCL and Birkbeck, such as Active Tectonics, Geophysical Hazards, structural geology, geology for civil engineers, and earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard.  She has taught on undergraduate fieldtrips focussing on active tectonics, geophysical techniques, geological mapping, structural geology and risk assessment in the U.K., Italy, and Greece.

Education and Industry Experience

Faure Walker read Natural Sciences at University of Cambridge and then completed a NERC-funded PhD in the UCL Department of Earth Sciences. From 2010-2012 she worked as an analyst in the market-leading firm in catastrophe risk modelling, RMS (Risk Management Solutions) in London. RMS produces numerical models that provide a statistical approach to quantifying risk. During her time at RMS, she gained an understanding of how catastrophe models are designed, developed and used both internally by modeling firms, external clients and the insurance industry. She gained expertise both in calculating risk and also explaining it to academic and non-academic audiences. 

Research Publications

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