Leaders and Mentors


Dr Jeremy Phillips (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol UK) is a physical volcanologist and hazard modeller with broad interest in environmental hazard, risk and resilience. He works across disciplines to integrate hazard assessment with social and physical vulnerability, risk management structures and community engagement, with social scientists, engineers, mathematicians and statisticians. A current focus is cascading hazard impacts including volcanic ash impacts on agricultural communities and infrastructure, and hydrometeorological hazards including lahars and sediment-charged floods, working in collaboration with academic social scientists, community artists and in-country hazard prediction and risk management agencies.


Dr Marco Rivera Porras (INGEMMET, Arequipa, Peru) is Director of the Observatorio Volcanologico INGEMMET in Arequipa, and has more than 17 years’ experience of geological hazards and risk management. He has significant expertise in coordinating responses to natural hazards including huaycos, and organizing multidisciplinary meetings including scientists, social scientists, risk managers and communities as part of large international projects. He has a particular interest in using value of field work as a focus for multidisciplinary engagement across stakeholder groups.


Dr. Emily Wilkinson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Overseas Development Institute Risk and Resilience Programme, and a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at University of East Anglia UK. Her research focuses on public policy, effectiveness and accountability in disaster and climate risk management. For the last 20 years, Emily has worked closely with governments, humanitarian, development and scientific agencies to identify critical entry points and opportunities for overcoming hazardous geographies and building resilience in line with development priorities.


Mrs Luisa Macedo Franco (Instituto Geofisico Peru, Arequipa) is a Geologist specialized in disaster risk management, responsible for the dissemination of scientific information with authorities, students and public in general. She has experience in volcano hazards assessment for the reduction of volcanic disasters in south of Peru coordinating collaboration with other government institutions in multi-disciplinary teams. A part of her work consists on elaboration of easy-language publications about geological hazards for public education.


Prof Roger Few (School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK) brings social science research and research-into-use experience on natural hazards and disaster risk accumulated through 15 years of research in developing countries. He has worked on flooding, drought, tropical cyclones, landslides and volcanic hazards in 16 countries, including several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region. His work has centred on understanding the social vulnerability of citizens and communities and risk-related decision-making of citizens and institutions. His work has included critical analysis of both the opportunities for and limitations of participatory approaches.


 Dr. Teresa Armijos Burneo (School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK) is an early career researcher who combines approaches from human geography, political ecology and development studies to study risk, hazards, vulnerability and natural resource management. She has conducted long-term fieldwork in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Teresa is particularly interested in combining different methodologies from the social and physical sciences with the arts and humanities in order to understand risk to natural hazards and find innovative ways of empowering communities to respond and cope with these challenges in the long term. She has been exploring the use of music, theatre and drawing in engaging with communities at risk.


Dr Mark Woodhouse (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol UK) is a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and early career researcher who specialises in the development of mathematical models for natural hazards, including volcanic ash dispersion, volcanic mudflows, flash floods and landslides. His fellowship is focussed on creation of freely-available web-based modelling tools through engagement with end-users and stakeholders, and he brings broad experience of training model users and practical application of hazard models.


Prof Andrew Hogg (School of Mathematics, University of Bristol UK) has research interests in mathematically modelling environmental phenomena, particularly two-phase flows featuring both solid particles and fluid. Large-scale examples include avalanches of rocks and snow, volcanic ash clouds, landslides, debris and mud flows, and the erosion and transport of sediment in coastal environments. He specialises in developing physically-relevant mathematical models and the computation of their solutions using analytical and numerical techniques, often working in interdisciplinary teams with scientists and engineers.