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We come from different disciplines and backgrounds, to create a new cross-disciplinary dialogue on cascading disasters.

Our staff are working together in the scientific community.

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Coordinators

David

David Alexander

Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction
Email: david.alexander@ucl.ac.uk

David is the honorary director of our research group. His four decades of research experience involve all aspects of disaster management, resilience, planning and emergency response. He has inspired and supported the development of this new approach to cascading phenomena.  David's leadership is central to the merging together of different branches of academia and the real needs of end users. He has the expertise to point out where new results can make bigger impacts, defining the best approaches to improve emergency planning and management.

Gianluca Pescaroli

Gianluca Pescaroli

Lecturer in Business Continuity and Organisational Resillience 
Email: g.pescaroli@ucl.ac.uk

Gianluca is our expert in the social sciences. He has an interdisciplinary background on political, social, and economical crises. Gianluca's work aims to integrate the theoretical understanding of cascading with practical applications in organisational resillience, continuity management and policies. He is interested in how the disruption of critical infrastructure can escalate primary and secondary impacts into more severe events, and how vulnerability pathways could be mitigated. His challenge is to integrate the human aspects of cascades with complex scenarios, physical drivers, and modelling. 

IRDR Team

Ilan Kelman

Ilan Kelman

Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health
Email: i.kelman@ucl.ac.uk

Ilan's work integrates climate change, disaster risk reduction and global health. His core research areas include disaster diplomacy, health diplomacy, and humanitarianism. Ilan analyzes cases studies worldwide, but is particularly interested in islands and in the polar regions. 

 
Bayes Ahmed

Bayes Ahmed

Humanitarian Institute Research Associate
Department of Disaster Science and Management
Email: bayes.ahmed@ucl.ac.uk

Bayes works on multi-hazard assessment, early warning systems, community vulnerability & resilience, and climate justice. He integrates geospatial techniques and participatory planning approaches. Bayes' geographic areas of expertise are developing countries and in particular South-Eastern Asia. 

Katerina Stavrianaki

Katerina Stavrianaki

Lecturer in Risk Analysis jointly appointed between IRDR and Dept of Statistical Science
Email: k.stavrianaki@ucl.ac.uk

Katerina's research focuses on the analysis of seismicity with statistical models and experimental rock mechanics. Her work tests the assumption commonly used in seismic hazard modelling that earthquake magnitudes are independent by analysing magnitude correlation between earthquakes and their aftershocks.

IRDR Alumni 

Serena Tagliacozzo

Serena Tagliacozzo

IRDR Alumna
Email: serena.tagliacozzo.13@ucl.ac.uk

Serena works on the role of web technology and social media in crises, integrating theory with media management.  She has particular expertise in the use of web 2.0 for situational awareness, post -impact intervention and long term recovery process.

Omar Velazquez Ortiz

Omar Velazquez Ortiz

PhD Researcher
Email: omar.ortiz.12@ucl.ac.uk

Omar's research focuses on the Engineering Applications of Earthquake Early Warnings (EEW) for real-time seismic risk mitigation. He aims to integrate the estimations provided by EEW in engineering applications for reducing human and economic losses in structures/infrastructures, such as rapid assessment response methods.

  

PhD Researchers

Jeremy Reynolds

Jeremy Reynolds

PhD Researcher
Email: jeremy.reynolds.19@ucl.ac.uk

Learning from organisations regarding adaptive capacity and their relevance to urban resilience planning.

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Alexander Thompson

PhD Researcher
Email: alexander.thompson.20@ucl.ac.uk

Health system emergency preparedness, resilience and response: the case of wildfires.

Naif Alrehaili

Naif Alrehaili

PhD Researcher
Email: naif.alrehaili.19@ucl.ac.uk

Assessing the Emergency Planning Requirements for Disaster Response in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Collaborators

Giampiero Giacomello

Giampiero Giacomello

Associate Professor at University of Bologna, Italy
Email:  giampiero.giacomello@unibo.it

Giampiero is a political scientist with particular expertise in security studies and cyber security. He collaborates with us to understand the risk of escalation represented by non- conventional threats in cyber space for critical infrastructure and governments.

Michael Nones

Michael Nones

Research fellow, Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research in Building and Construction, University of Bologna
Email:michael.nones@unibo.it

Michael works in hydraulic engineering and hydrological modeling, with particular expertise in sediment transport and ecological risk mitigation measures.  He collaborates with us on the implication of cascading approach for flood and water management.

 

Carmine Galasso

Carmine Galasso

Lecturer in Catastrophe Risk Engineering 
Email: c.galasso@ucl.ac.uk

Carmine is committed to the development of tools for modelling and managing complex risks in the built environment.  His efforts are focused on deriving consistent seismic input assessment, on applications of early warning systems, structural reliability and flood risk assessment.

Robert Wicks

Rob Wicks

Lecturer in Space Risks
Northumbria University

Rob is a physicist with 10 years of experience working on spacecraft, data analysis, and solar physics. His research focuses on outer space, solar activity, and the radiation environment. The final objective of Rob's work is to help predict the effects of extreme space weather events on human society. He has the technical and physical knowledge to understand the hazard component of cascades and their technological drivers, as well as the ability to explain them in layman's terms.