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Prof Andrew Collins


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Andrew Collins is Professor in Disaster and Development with the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences where he is also subject lead for human geography, policy and development. Beyond his regular research, teaching and management responsibilities, he represents disaster, development and health related initiatives internationally, including through election to board and chair appointments for multiple disasters related institutions and alliances. He gained his PhD from King’s College London in Human Geography in 1996 and first-class BSc (Hons) from Kingston University in 1992.

Prior to the above, Andrew worked for extended periods in Africa and the Middle East including voluntary service. He has led the establishment of the world’s first disaster management and sustainable development postgraduate programme launched in 2000, and currently the Disaster and Development Network (DDN) (formerly the DDC) launched in 2004. Related projects and international links include through supervision of a community of PhD, postdoctoral and active affiliates for research grounded both in local level hazard and vulnerability mitigation and higher-level policy and advisory challenges.

Andrew Collins

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are in the theoretical, methodological and policy aspects of disaster reduction, health ecology, sustainable development, adaptive capacity or human security in contexts of complex crises. This engages interlinked issues of environment and society, population displacement, risk, governance, education, environmental and disaster management globally and locally. Local impacts have focussed on engaging health security through disease risk reduction and community-based strategies, considered a form of resilience building. This requires societal and scientific rebalancing midst environmental and global crises. I engaged in field specific research of more than 25 countries, using this to interpret action on hazard, risk, disaster, health ecology, complex emergency and humanitarian spaces, as interdisciplinary and cross sectoral challenges.

This research orientation embraces advocacy and engagement of an altogether people centred disaster risk reduction, with an objective of emboldening this beyond resilience and survivability, purposively for well-being outcomes at multiple levels. In concept and methodologically, living with climate change and pandemic threat demands evidence of the nature of persistent social and economic inequality, fragility and uncertainty. This opens possibilities for proactive application of science, technology, policy and behavioural change. I aim to spend the remainder of my research contribution attempting to make it influence the change we need to see for the health of future generations. I draw on knowledge and research experience accumulated locally during smaller-scale research partnerships through to global research alliances. I serve on a range of high-level academic research, policy and practitioner advisory, review and commissioning boards, nationally (UK), regionally (EU) and globally (UN), particularly when linked to the 2015-2030 agenda of the United Nations SDGs, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Paris Climate Agreement.

Key Publications

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  • New Partnerships for Co-delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Bucher, A., Collins, A., Heaven Taylor, B., Pan, D., Visman, E., Norris, J., Gill, J., Rees, J., Pelling, M., Tufet Bayona, M., Cassidy, S., Murray, V. 1 Oct 2020, In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • Advancing Disaster and Conflict Risk Reduction, Collins, A. 2019, Climate Change, Disasters, Sustainability Transition and Peace in the Anthropocene, Springer
  • Climate Change, Water Scarcity, and Health Adaptation in Southwestern Coastal Bangladesh, Abedin, M., Collins, A., Habiba, U., Shaw, R. Mar 2019, In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • Recognising limits of international law in disaster risk reduction as problem and solution, Eburn, M., Collins, A., da Costa, K. 28 Feb 2019, The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Spatial analysis of landslide susceptibility using failure rate approach in the Hindu Kush region, Pakistan, Rahman, G., Rahman, A., Ullah, S., Miandad, M., Collins, A. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Earth System Science
  • UNDRR STAG Data Working Group (DWG) Report on Concept, Activity and Implication, Collins, A., Zodrow, I. Dec 2019
  • Advancing the Disaster and Development Paradigm, Collins, A. Dec 2018, In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • Environment, health and population displacement: Development and change in Mozambique’s diarrhoeal disease ecology, Collins, A. 26 Oct 2018
  • An approach for measuring social vulnerability in context: The case of flood hazards in Muzarabani district, Zimbabwe, Mavhura, E., Manyena, B., Collins, A. Nov 2017, In: Geoforum
  • Applications of disaster risk reduction principles and operational mechanisms to migration in contexts of instability, Collins, A. 2017, Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Cham, Switzerland, Springer

PGR Supervision

  • Mark Ashley Parry Climate Change Perception, Engagement and Response in the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies: The Case of Youth Participation Start Date: 01/02/2016 End Date: 19/07/2021
  • Shaikh Mohammad Adaptation to Climate Change Through Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh: Community Engagement in Local Level Intervention Start Date: 01/11/2010 End Date: 01/08/2016
  • John Walsh Efficacy of Community Education Programmes in Influencing Public Reception and Response Behaviour Factors Related to Tornado Warning Systems Start Date: 01/09/2008 End Date: 05/04/2016
  • Maitland Hyslop 'Hardening' the Organisation Start Date: 06/01/2009 End Date: 20/06/2013
  • Becky Richardson Transitions in child-centred risk, health and well-being engagement within informal neighbourhoods Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Anthony Corkin Sanitary systems of Railways in the North East of England:Perception and reality. Start Date: 23/10/2014


  • Geography PhD June 30 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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