UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Prof Sarah Curtis, Professor of Health Risks, Director of the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience, Durham University

Director of the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience, Durham University, informing disaster response and resilience. Prof Curtis specialises in risks for health and health care. She will be a panellist in our panel discusssion on 'Cascading Crises'

Sarah Curtis is Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience at Durham University, UK, enabling, developing and supporting research on a range of hazards and risks in the natural and socio-economic environment, informing strategies for disaster response, preparedness and resilience. She is a specialist in health geography, and has published widely in this field. Her personal research focuses particularly on the wider determinants and risks for human health in the social and physical environment. Recent research includes work on how to adapt the built, institutional and social infrastructures that support health and social care for older people, to make them more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather events.

Her extensive knowledge exchange activities have contributed to the work of non-academic agencies, such as: the World Health Organization, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Department of Environment of Food, and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, the Improvement and Development Agency, the Department of Health UK; Public health agencies across England; the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Canada.

She is a member (Ministerial Nominee) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France; Academician Academy of Social Sciences, Member Society of Social Medicine, , and Chartered Geographer (Founder Member) Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers and the RGS/Geography of Health Research Group, Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow Higher Education Academy, Fellow. She was Senior Editor, Medical Geography, for the journal Social Science and Medicine (2003 - 2012).