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WRC Affiliates (External)

A list of external affiliates of the UCL Warning Research Centre.

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown

Thematic Lead Disaster Risk Reduction

Sarah Brown is Thematic Lead for Disaster Risk Reduction for Practical Action, with over 15 years of experience in disaster risk reduction, adaptation, early warning, and conflict sensitivity across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work at Practical Action focuses on disaster risk, early warning, improving decision making under complexity, end-mile communication, gender and inclusion. She is a Co-Investigator on the NERC/DFID LANDSLIP Project (research into practice on landslide early warning). She heads the Knowledge Broker (joint with Red Cross Climate Centre) for the DFID/NERC Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Programme, with a focus on forecasting and early warning. She was team leader on research on disaggregated impact data for UN Women and UNICEF, and also led research on gender transformative early warning systems.

Shobhit Chepe
Shobit Chepe

Consultant – Advocacy Coordinator, TROSA. Oxfam India

Disasters researcher with an MSc in Disasters, adaptation and development. Currently working at Oxfam on the transboundary rivers of South Asia project.

Profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/shobhitchepe

Sophie Dannreuther
Sophie Dannreuther
Sophie is the co-founder and director of a non-profit that connects policymakers to leading academics who work on some of the most important long-term challenges of our time. She is also a Research Affiliate at Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risks. Her interests include facilitating engagement with academics and government decision-makers; improving institutional decision-making and communicating extreme risks. Sophie has worked across seven government departments, most recently as a Strategy Consultant at the Cabinet Office and a Policy and Partnerships Officer at the UK Department for International Development. 


JC Gaillard
JC Gaillard

Professor of Geography

JC is Professor of Geography at the University of Auckland. His work focuses on power and inclusion in disaster. It includes developing participatory tools for engaging minority groups in disaster risk reduction with an emphasis on ethnic and gender minorities, prisoners, children and homeless people. More details from: https://jcgaillard.wordpress.com.

Profile / website: jcgaillard.wordpress.com/

Carolina García-Londoño
Carolina García-Londoño


A risk management scientist with interdisciplinary focus. She has participated in several interdisciplinary projects in both Latin America and Europe, involving both the academy and NGO’s. She is a Lecturer of different Universities, is a volunteer in different social and academic organizations and also works as a consultant on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change. Her aim is to integrate natural and social sciences to generate useful risk reduction products for multiple stakeholders.

Profile / website: http://scienti.colciencias.gov.co:8081/cvlac/visualizador/generarCurricu...

Dr. Michael H. Glantz (Mickey)
Mickey H Glantz
mickeyglantz@hotmail.com (preferred); glantz@colorado.edu

Director of the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB)

Michael H. Glantz, Director of the CCB, earlier was a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where he served as the Head of the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG). The author has been the only Senior Scientist from the social sciences in NCAR’s 50-year history. Until August 2008, he served as NCAR’s Director of the Center for Capacity Building, an innovative program focused on, but not limited to, undergraduate educators and students. His research and applications activities center on how climate, water, and weather affect society as well as how society affects climate. The author’s research relates to African drought and desertification; food production problems and prospects; societal impacts of climate anomalies related to El Niño and La Niña events, climate variability and change; to the development of methods of forecasting possible societal responses to the regional impacts of climate variability and change; and the use of climate-related information for economic development. He also has coordinated joint research in the Central Asian Republics of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Dr. Glantz, who was honored with the United Nations Environment Program’s Global 500 Award in 1990, has authored or edited over 30 multidisciplinary books on climate and development- related issues.

Profile / www.ccb-boulder.org

Richard Gordon MBE
Richard Gordon MBE
Director, Disaster Management Centre, Bournemouth University 
After a successful career in the army during which he was awarded an MBE, Richard joined the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) in 2002, becoming its Director in May 2005. Since then, the Disaster Management Centre has grown considerably, now employing six members of staff and six associate members.  Richard’s experience covers the full spectrum of disaster management and he uses that experience to deliver innovative training and advice both in the United Kingdom and overseas, fusing best practice  education, training, research and professional practice.  His global experience spans the Middle East, West and West and North Africa, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe. South America and the Caribbean.  He regularly delivers executive disaster management seminars to senior government ministers and their representatives, including key military appointments and overseas delegations. Working closely with Professor John Fletcher and Dr Yeganeh Morakabati of Bournemouth University, Richard pioneered new research and education into the integration of travel and tourism with disaster management. He successfully developed an MSc in Disaster Management which is currently delivered both run the UK and internationally via in-country Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses supported by attractive online e-learning materials and seminars.  He became a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies in 2005 and is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, currently holding the position of Vice Chair (External Affairs).  

Full profile: www.budmc.uk
Catalina Jaime
Catalina Jaime

Senior Risk Adviser at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Catalina coordinates the global strategic development of Forecast-based Financing as well as the technical support for the design and implementation of the global anticipatory funding mechanism of the IFRC, along with technical advice to Early Action projects at global level. Catalina is the knowledge manager of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme and is currently PhD at the University of Twente on Early Warning and Early Action in conflict-affected settings. She has 16 years experience in the humanitarian sector. Her main areas of expertise are Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Early Warning and Early Action. Her background is in Industrial Engineering with a Masters in International Humanitarian Action.

Full profile: www.climatecentre.org 

Andreas Nikolaus Küppers
Andreas Nikolaus Küppers

kueppers@gfz-potsdam.de (or: andreas.kueppers@berlin.de)

Senior Advisor

Updated bio to follow

Profile / website: https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/home/

Dr. Jonatan A. Lassa
Jonatan Lassa

Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management

Dr Jonatan Lassa is an interdisciplinary social scientist with an engineering background. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian, Emergency & Disaster Management at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He served as an adjunct fellow at RSIS, NTU, and Senior Fellow at Resilient Development Initiative and Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change in Indonesia. His research interest covers institutional and policy dimension of disaster and climate adaptation, mitigation, political will for resilience, early warning systems, recovery policy, disaster governance, food systems, complex network, humanitarian NGOs and human security. His area of interest includes, but is not limited to, Southeast Asia and Pacific

Profile / website: http://indosasters.org/

Graham S. Leonard
Graham Leonard

GNS Senior Scientist

Graham is a Senior Scientist within the Earth Structure and Processes Department. His particular research interests are in developing effective response to warning systems, especially for volcanic, tsunami & landslide/debris-flow processes; quantifying/characterising & mitigating the impacts of natural hazard events; volcanic and tsunami mapping; New Zealand volcanic geology, stratigraphy and geochronology. Link to profile / website: https://g.co/kgs/YdGX9J

Ian Rodney Mannix APSM
Ian Rodney Mannix

Ian Mannix is a journalist with a special interest in emergency warnings. In 2002 he created "Emergency Broadcasting" at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to issue warnings for emergency services during bushfires and floods in Victoria, Australia. Since then, he has refined the process in conjunction with emergency agencies, police and local government throughout Australia. He has coordinated warnings for floods, cyclones, bushfires; chemical spills; dam bursts; water contamination; equine flu; locust plague; severe weather and storm surge. He was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal for his work, and is a Fellow of Emergency Media and Public Affairs, Australia.
In 2019, he self-published :The Principles of Effective Warnings" a book which outlines the ethics of warnings; how people respond when they receive warnings (including a chapter on cognitive response written by trauma psychologist Dr Rob Gordon); warnings for women and vulnerable people; health warnings and how to create warnings to result in behavioural and attitudinal change.
Ian has written two books which explore the individual behaviours of people who survived floods and bushfires in Australia: "Great Australian Bushfire Stories" and "Great Australian Flood Stories."

Profile: www.forewarned.info

Victor Marchezini
Victor Marchezini
victor.marchezini@gmail.com ; victor.marchezini@cemaden.gov.br

PhD in Sociology

Victor Marchezini has studied the sociology of disasters in Latin America and Caribbean since 2004 (https://victormarchezini.weebly.com/). He worked as disaster risk analyst in the monitoring room of the Brazilian Warning Center (Cemaden) (2012-2014). Since 2014 he has worked as researcher at Cemaden (http://www.cemaden.gov.br/author/victor/), bridging scientists, practitioners, communities and policymakers. One result of this collective effort was the free e-book entitled Reduction of Vulnerability to Disasters: From Knowledge to Action (https://preventionroutes.weebly.com/capiacutetuloschapters.html). Victor is also professor at the Doctorate Program on Earth System Science at the National Institute for Space Research (CCST/INPE), and at the Postgraduate Program on Disaster Science (ICT/UNESP). Twitter account: @VMarchezini.

Profile / website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Victor_Marchezini2

Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes
Dwayne Ryan Menezes
d.menezes@polarconnection.org and d.menezes@hscentre.org

Founder and Managing Director

Dr Dwayne Ryan Menezes is the Founder and Managing Director of two London-based international think-tanks, Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) and Human Security Centre (HSC). While PRPI focuses on Arctic, Nordic, North Atlantic, North Pacific and Antarctic affairs, HSC is dedicated to addressing current and emerging threats to human security around the world. Dr Menezes is also a Founder and Partner of C Change Arctic, Greenland IceWater and High North Fisheries, three London-based, Arctic-focused firms that are engaged with infrastructure, ice and water, and fisheries respectively. In addition, he serves as the Vice-President of Arctic Today and an Advisory Board Member at JONAA Magazine, both Arctic media outlets. Over his policy career, he has also served as Consultant to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Principal Consultant to the European Parliament Intergroup for the Freedom of Religion or Belief, Research Associate to a UN Special Rapporteur, Head of the Secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen in the UK Parliament and Researcher at the social policy think-tank ResPublica. Over his academic career, Dr Menezes read History at the LSE and the University of Cambridge, graduating from the latter with a PhD, and later pursued postdoctoral, associate or visiting fellowships at research centres at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and London. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and the Associate Producer of four award-winning films.

Profile / website: https://polarconnection.org/profile/dr-dwayne-ryan-menezes/

Dennis S. Mileti, PhD
Dennis R Miletti

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Mileti is the author of more than 100 publications, most of which are on the societal aspects of hazards and disasters. His book Disasters by Design summarized and assessed knowledge in all disciplines and U.S. national policy for hazards and disasters. He was the founder and coeditor-in-chief of the all-hazards and all-disciplines journal Natural Hazards Review. He has served on a variety of advisory boards, including the Committee on Natural Disasters in the National Research Council; the Board of Visitors to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute; the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; the Advisory Board to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Research Program on Earthquakes and Volcanoes; the Expert Advisory Panel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s study of evacuation of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11; the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Expert Panel for the Army Corps of Engineers’ assessment of the New Orleans levee failures, for which he was given the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Department of the Army; and as a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission. Dr. Mileti is currently a member of the START Center at the University of Maryland, which is a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence for research on terrorism. He also serves on the NRC’s Committee to Evaluate the U.S.’s National Tsunami Warning Program and on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Profile / website:

Dr Sally Potter
Sally Potter

Senior Hazard & Risk Management Researcher, GNS Science, New Zealand

Sally is a researcher in social science and natural hazards, specialising in the communication of warnings. Her research is regularly applied to improve forecasts and warnings in New Zealand. Examples include producing guidelines for writing short warning messages in 2018, which were subsequently used as a template for New Zealand’s Emergency Mobile Alerts, and her PhD research on New Zealand’s Volcanic Alert Level system resulted in a new version being implemented for all of NZ’s volcanoes in 2014. She works with hazard scientists to write aftershock and eruption forecasts for GeoNet, the monitoring project at GNS Science. She is the co-lead of the World Meteorological Organization’s High Impact Weather Communication Task Team, the co-lead of New Zealand’s Resilience Challenge Weather & Wildfire research programme; and on the International Working Group for Volcanic Alert Levels. In 2019 she received the Science New Zealand award for Early Career Researcher.

Profile / website: www.linkedin.com/in/sally-potter

Suzanne Raine
Suzanne Raine

Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at KCL.  Her areas of expertise are terrorism, risk management and warning and the role of assessment in government decision-making.  She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues.  This included postings in Poland, Iraq and Pakistan.  She specialised in counter-terrorism, holding a number of senior domestic appointments including Head of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from 2015-2017.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Stop The Traffik, an NGO which works to stop people-trafficking.

Full profile - https://www.cfg.polis.cam.ac.uk/directory/suzanne-raine

Dr Annie Winson
Dr Annie Winson

Title: Hazard and Vulnerability Specialist, British Geological Survey.

Annie is a Hazard and Vulnerability Specialist at the British Geological Survey.  She has a background in volcanology, specifically: hazard assessment,  forecasting and early warning systems.  Annie’s current work is focused on working with stakeholders in Tanzania, Nepal, Brazil and Colombia to develop and apply multi-hazard modelling frameworks.  These frameworks integrate multi-hazard assessments with population and building exposure data derived from EO data and include an assessment of physical vulnerability of different building types.  Annie is also working with partners on projects addressing: Equitable resilience, reducing disaster risk, early warnings and effective communication of hazard assessments.  Along with Carina Fearnley and Sally Potter, Annie is a founder and co-chair of the World Organisation of Volcano Observatories Volcano Alert Level Working Group. 

Full Profile - TBC

Carlos Miguel Valdés-González
Carlos Miguel Valdés-González


Professor at the Department of Seismology at the Institute of Geophysicis, National University of Mexico (UNAM). Currently in charge of the UNAMs office in Costa Rica. Seismologist, volcano seismologist, Risk Reduction of natural phenomenon and antrophogenic phenomenon. Former Director of the National Disaster Prevention Center of Mexico.

Profile / website: http://www.fciencias.unam.mx/directorio/92479

Dewald van Niekerk
Dewald Van Niekerk

Professor in Disaster Risk Reduction

Dewald van Niekerk is Professor in Disaster Risk Reduction and the founder and head of the African Centre for Disaster Studies at North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Dewald is a South African C2 NRF graded researcher. He obtained his PhD in 2005 and was promoted to professor in 2012. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications which includes peer reviewed articles, books and chapters in books and international and national research reports. He has been project leader for local, national as well as international disaster risk reduction projects, and has undertaken disaster risk reduction research and consultancy in numerous countries world-wide. He is the programme manager for the Disaster Risk Sciences research group of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of the accredited journal Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies. In 2012 he played a significant role in the establishment of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction. His research is motivated by a desire to reduce the possible impacts of natural hazards and unknowns like climate change on communities most at-risk. His interests include resilience building, community based disaster risk management, disaster risk assessment, disaster risk governance, building institutional capacities for disaster risk reduction, and transdisciplinary disaster risk reduction.

Profile / website: www.acds.co.za