Editor in Chief
DR. DJILLALI BENOUAR Editor in Chief (2019- )
is Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Risk Management at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Director of Research at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB), Algeria. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College, University of London (UK) and his Master degree at Stanford University, California (USA) and made his Postdoctoral studies at the University of Tokyo (Japan). He is a founding member of the Algerian Academy of Sciences and Technologies (AAST). He received two international awards for his research from UNESCO and Thomson Reuters. An award-winning teacher and mentor, he has acted as supervisor, co-supervisor, or advisor for over 40 Masters and 12 PhD students. Publishing in English and French, he has published 45 publications in internationally reputed journals and has over 100 papers in international conferences. He was a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Science Committee, member of the Algerian Hazards Network (AHNet) and Coordinator of the Periperi U (Partners Enhancing Resilience to People Exposed to Risks) an African Consortium, composed of 12 African universities, which is an International Center of Excellence (ICoE) of the IRDR programme. He is member of several expert groups for disaster risk Reduction of the United Nations. He is active in advancing international research collaboration, including membership in several professional societies and organizations. He is member of the following UN-expert groups: 1) UN-Arab Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction (Ar-STAG), 2) UN-Arab Coordinating Mechanism for Disaster Risk Reduction, 3) UN-Arab Partnership Group Disaster Risk Reduction and 4) UN-Global Risk Assessment Framework, 5) African Union (AU)-Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction (Af-STAG).
DR. SUSAN L. CUTTER Former Editor in Chief (2014-2019)
is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. She received her BA from California State University, Hayward and her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability and resilience science. She has provided expert testimony to Congress on hazards and vulnerability and was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) IPET team evaluating the social impacts of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System in response to Hurricane Katrina. She has authored a Trends and Outlook report for the USACE on Natural and Human-Induced Disasters and other Factors Affecting Future Emergency Response and Hazard Management.
Dr. Cutter serves on many national advisory boards and committees including those of National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Center, and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. She was a founding member and served on the Executive Committee of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) (2004-2008). Dr. Cutter serves as co-executive editor of Environment and is an associate editor of Weather, Climate, and Society. She is also a coordinating lead author of Chapter 5 of the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. She holds the Munich Re Foundation Chair on Social Vulnerability through the United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, in Bonn, Germany.
is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she is affiliated with the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES). She recently held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Disaster Management and Urban Sustainability. Her specialty is in the socio-economic impact of natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. She has published extensively on economic impacts of disasters, modeling disaster losses, urban risk dynamics, critical infrastructure systems and their interdependencies, economic evaluation of disaster mitigations, and urban disaster recovery. She has served on the U.S. National Research Council’s Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences and its Committee on Earthquake Resilience – Research, Implementation, and Outreach.
is a Professor at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He conducts interdisciplinary work combining remote sensing, ecology, and other fields of study to assess spatial patterns of disaster risk. Fang was elected to the CAS Hundred Talent Program and presently serves as Executive Deputy Director of the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM). He was selected as a TWAS Young Affiliate Fellow in 2014.
is Associate Professor of Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Faculty of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. The core of her research focuses on the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches, combining data from different sources, to identify the determinants of malaria transmission in different ecological settings, providing evidence for the improvement of current control policies, as well as the development of new ones. Castro has applied geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial statistics to her research, as well as proposed novel methods in spatial analysis. She has more than 15 years of experience in malaria research in the Brazilian Amazon, and worked with the Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Urban Malaria Control Program from 2004-2010 in the implementation a pilot community-based environmental management intervention. Castro earned her Ph.D. in Demography from Princeton University.
is currently taking on several positions related to governance, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) research, practice and policy. She is currently involved in a project related to vulnerability assessment to climate change in different sectors such as forestry, marine, urban water and disasters. She is also part of a partnership on research and activities related to human vulnerability to disasters and climate Change in Indonesia. She has worked for the local government in Indonesia accumulatively for ten years where she has been involved in development planning, implementation and evaluations, as well as project planning and management.
is a Professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University (GSU). Her expertise encompasses urban planning, disaster planning, vulnerability assessment, and GIS/spatial analysis. She has been involved in a number of research initiatives, including NSF funded projects on topics of population displacement from catastrophic disasters, and long-term recovery. She is the coauthor of the book Displaced by Disasters: Recovery and Resilience in a Globalizing World. Dr. Esnard has served on a number of local, state and national committees including the Steering Committee for Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program, the Disasters Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences; the National Research Council’s committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience, and the State of Florida Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning initiative.
Maureen Fordham is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. She is the Centre Director of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster at UCL. She has been researching hazards and disasters since 1988 and is an expert on gender and intersectionality; community-based disaster risk reduction; and resilience, capacities and vulnerability analysis, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of social groups in disaster risk reduction. She was a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997 and is the Coordinator of its website and activities. She is a governmental advisor at all scales from local, through national, to the global UN level. She has edited, and is on the editorial boards of, international disaster-related journals. She is affiliated with Northumbria University in the UK, and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently involved in a number of projects including Rohingya Journeys of Violence and Resilience in Bangladesh and its Neighbours (British Academy Award Reference: SDP2\100094); The Rohingya Exodus: Issues and Implications for Stability, Security and Peace in South Asia (British Academy Award Reference: IC2\100178) and her latest project, for which she is Principal Investigator: GRRIPP - Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice - Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience' - a UKRI Collective Fund award (ES/T002700/1).
is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, where he is also Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. His research specialization areas include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy and administration, and environmental regulatory policy. Dr. Gerber has extensive experience performing policy analysis and program evaluation work for state and local government agencies, as well as major national nonprofits engaged in disaster relief and recovery work. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, among others. Currently he is working on research and book projects related to local governments and climate change, large scale disaster evacuation management and natural hazards governance. He is also a Co-Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation’s current round of its hazards researchers fellowship program.
is the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Chair in Natural Hazards Planning at Massey University, New Zealand. His research centres on role of governance in building resilient and sustainable communities, with a focus on coastal communities and the role of land-use planning, collaboration, conflict resolution, and science, policy and practice in managing natural hazard risks. Research is clustered around: Natural hazards planning, resilience and risk governance, with a focus on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster recovery; Adapting to climate change; and Integrated coastal management, coastal risks and governance. He is on Editorial Boards of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies ; Resources: Natural Resources and Management ; and the Journal of Extreme Events. He is Vice-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone and nominated incoming Co-Chair (2016-2019) and leads a UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Technical Working Group to prepare guidelines for addressing coastal hazard risks and climate change impacts.
is a Senior Lecturer in Public and Environmental Health at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. She has more than 35 years' programme management and public health experience with UNHCR, UNDP, WHO and the IFRC in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Since 1998, she has introduced disaster risk-related post-graduate programmes at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, provided technical support to South Africa's disaster management legislative reform process and helped to coordinate the African university consortium, Periperi U. In 2019, Ailsa joined the Emergency and Disaster Management academic team at Auckland University of Technology and has served as a member of the Global Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction. She has a doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
is Rose and Joseph Summers Chair in Water Resources Engineering and director of the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa. His research interest includes flood genesis and the factors that control it, as well as flood forecasting models and systems and flood frequency prediction.
is a geographer by discipline, taking his PhD from University College London. His research interests are the political economy of major hazards and how this affects decisions about investment in hazard mitigation. He has more than 40 years’ experience of research and teaching in the flood hazard field, analysing floods and investment in flood alleviation, river management, water planning, and landscape assessment. His focus is on the social impact of floods, and the policy response from regional, national and international organisations. Edmund founded the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University in 1970. He was twice the Chair of the Defra/Environment Agency Advisory Group on Flood and Coastal Defence Research and Development, and was awarded the O.B.E. by the Queen in May 2006 for services to flood risk management. Since 2012 he has had research papers published in Environment and Planning ‘C’ (twice), the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, the Geographical Journal, The International Journal of River Basin Management, Area, Foresight, Natural Hazards, Environmental Science & Policy and Climate Risk Management.
is Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Research Fellow at the Centre of Natural Disaster Science (CNDS), Associate of Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM), and Honorary Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group, Global Development Institute (GDI) of the University of Manchester, UK. Christine Wamsler is an expert in sustainable urban development and transformation, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with more than 20 years of working experience, both in theory and practice. She has been working as a consultant for different organizations, such as the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German, Austrian and Belgium Red Cross, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR/IM) and various local NGOs. Places where she has worked and conducted research include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo and the United Kingdom. Christine Wamsler has led many (inter)national projects and has published more than 100 academic papers, popular scientific articles, guidelines, book chapters and books.
is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape, with 15 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change in the Global South. Gina was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special report on Managing the risk of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX). She has led a number of projects including The power of collaborative governance: Managing the risks associated with flooding and sea-level rise in the City of Cape Town (CCAA: IDRC and DFID, 2010-2013); Community-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia (Oxfam GB, 2008); Climate change and agricultural development in Africa (Rockefeller Foundation, 2008) and Poverty and Vulnerability programme: Adaptation to multiple stresses of climate, water and health (SIDA, 2006-2007)
is head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and adaptive Planning Section and Academic Officer at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. He holds a PhD in Spatial Planning from the Dortmund University and a post-doctoral degree in Geography (Habilitation) from the University of Bonn. His research interests include vulnerability, sustainable development and environmental assessment, with expertise in socio-economic trends and environmental degradation at sub-national, local and household scale. He is currently a lead author on the IPCC Special Report “Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report chapter "Emergent Risks and Key-Vulnerabilities." He is also involved in vulnerability assessment in coastal and flood-prone communities in Indonesia and Vietnam and coordinates the development and testing of indicators to measure vulnerability to floods, heat waves, droughts, and sea level rise in Germany, Egypt and Indonesia.
is an Adjunct Full Professor at Simon Fraser University and Senior Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada. An engineering geologist with over 300 publications, his research interests include landslides, paleoearthquakes, paleotsunamis, aggregate resources, drift prospecting, medical geology and geoheritage studies. He has worked in North and South America, China, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently/formerly: Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences, President of the Geological Association of Canada, President of the Canadian Quaternary Association and others. He is presently on the editorial board of the journals Quaternary International and Landslides.
is a Scientist Emeritus with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG) of the Meteorological Service of Canada and a Professor Emeritus with the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests include risk assessment of environmental hazards, water resources and supply, and environment and development. Dr. Burton has served as senior advisor to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Ottawa) and as a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (US-AID), and numerous Canadian government agencies and engineering firms. He has worked for the Ford Foundation in India, Sudan, and Nigeria and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
is an internationally recognized expert on disaster recovery. She joined the Department of Architecture at U. C. Berkeley in 1978 and served as Chair from 2006-2009. Her research focuses on the costs and benefits of seismic rehabilitation (particularly housing), post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, and loss modeling. She is the author of Disaster Hits Home: New Policy for Urban Housing Recovery and hundreds of other research reports and scientific papers. In 2011, she received the Green Star Award from the United Nations for her work in post-disaster reconstruction in China and Haiti. In 2013, she received the U. C. Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Research in the Public Interest, and the EERI Distinguished Lecturer Award. She currently serves as president-elect of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
is Chief of the Global Climate Applications Division and Director of the Technical Support Unit for the U.S. National Climate Assessment at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and served as an Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Geography, Indiana University-Bloomington from 1987 to 1990. Dr. Easterling was a Lead Author on the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report, the IPCC Special Report on Climate Extremes, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and a Convening Lead Author for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.3 on Climate Extremes. His research interests include the detection of climate change in the observed record and the assessment of climate model simulations for changes in extreme climate events.
is Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, an Academician of CAS, and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences. He presently serves as President of the International Council for Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology, Scientific Committee Member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk program, Director of the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation, Secretary-General of the International Society for Digital Earth, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth. He has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing and established an all-weather, day and night remote sensing monitoring system for disaster reduction. The system made significant contributions to disaster relief after the Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes, and his team was collectively recognized as a National Hero in Earthquake Relief Work by the Central Government of China.
Handmer is a Professor and Deputy Head of Research and Innovations at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) where he leads the Center for Risk and Community Safety and Human Security Programs. He is also Convener of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Emergency Management, and Principle Scientific Advisor for the Bushfire CRC. His areas of expertise are public policy issues in risk and community safety; emergency planning and management; community resilience; the interface of spatial information science and risk and safety management; and sustainable development. Professor Handmer also holds adjunct professorial positions at ANU and the Flood Hazard Research Centre in London.
is a Professor of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics. Since 1994, he has taught at the Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute. He received both his Bachelors and Master's degrees from Waseda University, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. The general focus of Dr. Hayashi's work is on Societal and Human Reactions to Disasters, Risk Communication and Education, Information System for Disaster Management, Standardization of Emergency Operations, and Multi-hazard Risk Assessment.
is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School; and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He is recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for publications making significant contribution to the literature of insurance. Kunruether co-leads the Wharton Extreme Events initiative on the future of natural disaster protection and risk financing. He currently serves on the National Academy of Science/National Research Council’s committees on “Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program” and the “Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events.” He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newly-released report, “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” and served on the New York City Mayor’s Office Panel on Climate Change as part of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency.
is the Head of the Snow and Permafrost Research Unit at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research in Davos and Full Professor for Cryospheric Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering. His background is in Environmental Sciences and Atmospheric Physics. He has started and lead the developed the well-known model systems SNOWPACK and Alpine3D and investigates (snow) precipitation and its distribution in Alpine terrain, particle transport at the earth’s surface and climate change for snow and permafrost in particular with respect to hydrological consequences and natural hazards.
is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as Director of the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters in Chapel Hill and is the lead-Principle Investigator on the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management. He has actively participated on numerous coastal science advisory committees including three National Academies/National Research Council committees (including Chairing a committee on Coastal Risk Reduction in 2013-14); the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East; the Science and Engineering Advisory Council for the Water Institute of the Gulf; and as a publically elected member of the Carteret County Board of Education.
is the Director of the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University. His research interests include the biogeochemistry of Antarctic terrestrial/aquatic ecosystems; the interactions and rates of chemical weathering, erosion/sediment transport and carbon dynamics, especially in small, mountainous watersheds and polar regions; and the impact of urbanization, suburbanization and agricultural activities on water quality. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research program. He is a U.S. representative on the Geosciences Standing Scientific Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, and currently the Chief Office of the Geosciences Standing Scientific Group. He is also a former Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center at OSU. He is an associate editor for Chemical Geology and Polar Science.
received a BA in physics from Reed College and a PhD in geophysics/stratigraphy from Cornell University. Since 2000, he has been on the academic staff in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where he is presently a Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards. Professor Malamud was President of the Natural Hazards Division of the European Geosciences Union and the Chair of the Programme Committee for the EGU General Assembly 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he received the EGU service award. Currently he is an executive editor for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.
is Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection for Public Health England. Her expertise is on the toxicological and environmental public health aspects of response to acute and chronic chemical and extreme event incidents. She is the UK Government member on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Committee. Murray served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. She is one of the 15 members of the UNISDR Advisory Group for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction representing health and science.
is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Tasmania, a Research Fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (New Zealand), a Technical Adviser on risk communication to the World Health Organization, a member of the IRDR Risk Interpretation and Action sub-committee of the UN-ISDR, and an adviser to the Australian Red Cross on community resilience. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. His research focuses on developing and testing multi-level, all-hazards, cross cultural theories of community resilience and adaptive capacity that integrate risk management and community development approaches.
is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological, and human-induced extreme events. Tierney is currently a member of the National Academies Committee to advise the U. S. Global Change Research Program. She serves on the steering committee of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Climate Change and on the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and she is co-editor of the Natural Hazards Review. Tierney received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006 and the Fred Buttel Award for Distinguished Contributions from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment, Technology, and Society in 2012.
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