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Professor Louise Bracken
Executive Director
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University (Confirmed)
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Professor Louise Bracken is the Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) at Durham University and the Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk. Louise leads international networks of researchers and practitioners around hazard, risk and resilience, and is a founding member of the UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR). Louise works closely with policy and practice around resource management and risk in the UK and around the world. Her research involves transdisciplinary research on water including flood risk management and communication, water resource management wore widely and building community resilience. She links her physical science understanding of catchment processes to the management and governance of socio-physical landscapes. This encompasses factors such as managing risk, ensuring resilience and the choices facing citizens and policy makers.

Louise plays a key role in generating and overseeing research from a wide range of funds across the worlds of business, practice, policy, research and philanthropic donors. She has been awarded more than £3m  in research funding, including awards from the EU on Nature Based Solutions, UK research councils on flood risk management, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and other less traditional funders such as the UK Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorventure. Louise has over 1,200 ISI citations and more than 60 publications in a range of top journals covering human geography, anthropology, environmental sciences, hydrology and geomorphology

IHRR supports rapid, research-informed responses to major hazard and risk events. For example, our work has been critical in major natural disasters such as the volcanic ash caused by Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, in 2010 and after the 2015 Nepal earthquake our hazard scenarios were used to inform relief efforts and future risk management. IHRR is also developing new processes of risk communication.

IHRR brings together experts in research and practice, and helps decision makers access these insights. Through our research IHRR helps build resilience in countries across the world and supports governments, NGOs and businesses in planning and preparing for future hazard and risk events and to grow capability. IHRR leads a team of transdisciplinary researchers. Our global research reach extends across the UK, mainland Europe, China, Nepal, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico and South America.

 

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