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WRC Members

This page contains details of the members of the Warning Research Centre

Dr Carina Fearnley Science and Technology Studies UCL

Director - Dr Carina Fearnley


Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies (Department of Science and Technology Studies)
Carina is an interdisciplinary researcher, drawing on relevant expertise in the social sciences on scientific uncertainty, risk, and complexity to focus on how natural hazard early warning systems can be made more effective, specifically alert level systems. She also has interest in the transdisciplinary potential of art and science collaborations around environmental hazards. Carina established the World Organisation of Volcano Observatories Volcano Alert Level Working Group, and edited the first publication dedicated to Volcanic Crisis Communication (Observing the Volcano World: Volcanic Crisis Communication). She is the founder of the UCL Warning Research Centre.

Professor Ilan Kelman

Deputy Director - Professor Ilan Kelman


Professor of Disasters and Health (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction and Institute of Global Health)

llan Kelman http://www.ilankelman.org and Twitter/Instagram @ILANKELMAN is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. That covers three main areas: (i) disaster diplomacy and health diplomacyhttp://www.disasterdiplomacy.org ; (ii) island sustainability involving safe and healthy communities in isolated locations http://www.islandvulnerability.org ; and (iii) risk education for health and disasters http://www.riskred.org

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/people/dr-ilan-kelman 

Dr Ayesha Ahmad

Dr Ayesha Ahmad


Honorary Lecturer at Institute of Global Health Institute and UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, 
Dr Ayesha Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health at St Georges University of London, Honorary Lecturer at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her background is Philosophy and Medical Ethics, and her areas of specialisation are conflict, health, and humanitarianism with a particular focus on psychological trauma and gender-based violence. She is the co-editor of the edited book volume Humanitarian Action and Ethics and also provides expert reports for asylum seeker cases in the United Kingdom.

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Dr Bayes Ahmed 


Lecturer in Risk and Disaster Science (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)

My background includes research into the field of landslide early warning system development, community vulnerability assessment, GIS and remote sensing, climate change adaptation, and forced migration. I obtained a PhD in Disaster Risk Reduction from UCL, a joint MSc degree in Geospatial Technologies from Spain, Germany, and Portugal; and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/people/bayes-ahmed 

Professor David Alexander

Professor David Alexander


Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)
David Alexander has conducted research on disasters since 1980. His main foci of interest are emergency management and planning, earthquake science, disaster epidemiology, and theoretical issues in disaster risk reduction. 

Dr Gemma Crennan

Dr Gemma Cremen


Research Fellow in Earthquake Engineering (Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
I am a Research Fellow in Earthquake Engineering at University College London, developing statistical tools to support decision-making related to seismic activity.  My research interests include seismic hazard characterisation, probabilistic seismic risk analysis, and disaster resilience. 

Dr Jessica Field

Dr Jessica Field


Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies
Dr Jessica Field is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in humanitarian history, policy and practice. Dr Field currently focuses on Indian humanitarianism and has published research on humanitarian assistance, refugee self-reliance, and the politics of disaster governance in South and Southeast Asia.
Full profile: TBC

Professor Maureen Fordham

Professor Maureen Fordham 


Maureen Fordham has a strong interest in broadening access to warning systems for excluded and marginalized social groups including women and youth.

Dr Carmine Galasso

Dr Carmine Galasso


Associate Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering (Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)

My research focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for modelling and managing risk caused by extreme loads on the built environment, with emphasis on developing new tools for hazard-consistent seismic input assessment, engineering applications of earthquake early warning systems, structural reliability, wind and flood risk assessment.

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/people/dr-carmine-galasso

Dr Paul Gill

Professor Paul Gill


Professor of Security and Crime Science (Department of Security and Crime Science)

Conducts inter-disciplinary research on the behavioural underpinnings of violent extremism with a view to optimising risk assessment and management processes. 

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/security-crime-science/people/dr-paul-gill 

Professor Lucie Green

Professor Lucie Green


Professor of Physics (Department of Physics)

A solar physicist and space weather scientist whose research focuses on the origin of solar activity and its impact on the geomagnetic environment. Lucie is also heavily active in public engagement and public policy.

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/people/prof-lucie-green

Professor Muki Haklay

Professor Muki Haklay


Professor of Geographical Information Science

Prof Muki Haklay has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research, and he is the co-director of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group. His research interest includes participatory mapping and GIS, Citizen Science, Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) and usability aspects of GIS, and public access to environmental information.

Full profile: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=MHAKL64

Dr Sarah Jenkins

Dr Sarah Jenkins


Research Associate, UCL Dept of Experimental Psychology.

I am an interdisciplinary researcher investigating the communication of risk and uncertainty across a variety of contexts, including natural hazards, food safety and medicine. Using a variety of social science methods, I am interested in exploring how such communications can be improved to guide decision-making. I am currently working with the UK Met Office on a project investigating impact-based forecasting and warnings in South East Asia. I am specifically exploring  the interpretation of these warnings by both forecasters and stakeholders, with the aim of developing ways to enhance their effectiveness.

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research/experimental-psychology/person/sarah-jenkins/

Dr Cassidy Johnson

Dr. Cassidy Johnson


Professor of Urbanism and Disaster Risk Reduction (Bartlett Development Planning Unit)

My academic interests are linked by a commitment to improve the quality of life and livelihoods of low-income groups living in urban areas. My research contributes to the area of disaster risk reduction and recovery and to the role of local governments and civil society in this – and to integrating an understanding of disaster-risk into development.

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/dr-cassidy-johnson 

Professor Chris Kilburn


Professor of Volcanology and Geophysical Hazards (UCL Hazard Centre, Earth Sciences)

Professor Patty Kostkova

Professor Patty Kostkova


Professor of Digital Health (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)

Prof Patty Kostkova is Professor in Digital Health and the Director of UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies. She is a world leading researcher in the novel interdisciplinary domain of digital public health.

Full profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/people/dr-patty-kostkova

Professor Mark Maslin

Professor Mark Maslin


Professor of Climatology (Department of Geography)

Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at UCL. He also co-founded Rezatec Ltd which is one of the world’s leading geospatial analytics company providing AI “big data” environmental solutions for companies, NGOs, and local and national Governments and is currently valued at £30-50m.  Maslin is a leading scientist with particular interest in understanding the Anthropocene and the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.  

Full profile: http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~mmaslin/

Professor Bill McGuire

Professor Bill McGuire


Professor Emeritus of Geophysical & Climate Hazards (UCL Hazard Centre, Earth Sciences)
Bill McGuire is an academic, activist, broadcaster, blogger and writer of popular science and speculative fiction. His non-fiction books include A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know and Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet. His current books are Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes – ranked 5th in a Guardian list of the best ever eco books – and Global Catastrophes: a Very Short Introduction.


Dr. Gianluca Pescaroli  


Lecturer in Business Continuity and Organisational Resilience (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)

Professor Arthur Petersen

Professor Arthur Petersen


Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy).

Arthur Petersen joined UCL STEaPP fulltime in September 2014 after more than 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government. He served as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014). Most of his research is about dealing with uncertainty.

Full profile: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=APETE53 

Dr Indrani Roy

Dr Indrani Roy


Honorary Visiting Researcher (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)

Indrani is a climate scientist and undertook her PhD at Imperial College, London, within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group. Since receiving her PhD, she has worked in various research organisations including Imperial College and the University of Exeter and has also previously worked for the India Meteorological Department.

Full profile:https://publons.com/researcher/1354116/dr-indrani-roy/

Dr Katerina Stavrianski

Dr Katerina Stavrianski


Lecturer in Risk Analysis (IRDR and Department of Statistical Science)
I am jointly appointed between the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. My research focuses on the topic of natural hazards using a statistical, geophysical and experimental approach.

Dr John Twigg

Professor John Twigg


Honorary Professor (EPICentre)

John Twigg is an Honorary Professor at University College London, an independent researcher and consultant on disaster risk reduction, and a co-editor of the journal Disasters. His research interests include community-based approaches, early warning systems, socio-economic vulnerability to disasters, policy and institutional aspects of disaster management, post-disaster transitions and urban resilience.

Dr Punam Yadav

Dr Punam Yadav


Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies (Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction)
Dr Punam Yadav is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies and Co-director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster. She is also the Research Director of the GRRIPP project – the UKRI Collective Fund award (2019-2023). Dr Yadav is interested in examining the impacts of conflict and disaster through a gender lens.

Tom Pegram

Tom Pegram


Associate Professor of Global Governance at the UCL Department of Political Science 

Tom Pegram is an Associate Professor of Global Governance at the UCL Department of Political Science and Deputy Director of the UCL Global Governance Institute (GGI). Tom’s research interests include the theoretical and empirical study of world politics, global governance and complex system dynamics, with particular expertise on the UN climate change and human rights regimes.