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Prof Andrew Collins


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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Andrew Collins is Professor in Disaster and Development with the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences where he is also subject leader 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 appointments indicated in the current / recent projects section below. 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 with research grounded both in local level hazard and vulnerability mitigation and higher level policy and advisory challenges.

PGR Supervision

  • 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
  • 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


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Flood vulnerability and relocation readiness in Zimbabwe, Mavhura, E., Collins, A., Bongo, P. 6 Feb 2017, In: Disaster Prevention and Management
  • Geospatial analysis of landslide susceptibility and zonation in shahpur valley, eastern hindu kush using frequency ratio model, Rahman, G., Rahman, A., Samiullah, [., Collins, A. Sep 2017, In: Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences
  • The 3rd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Expanding the Platform for Bridging Science and Policy Making, Collins, A., Tatano, H., James, W., Wannous, C., Takara, K., Murray, V., Scawthorn, C., Mori, J., Aziz, S., Mosalam, K., Hochrainer-Stigler, S., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Krausmann, E., Li, W., Cruz, A., Samaddar, S., De Groeve, T., Ono, Y., Berryman, K., Suzuki, K., Parry, M., McGowran, P., Rees, J. Jun 2017, In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • Disaster risk reduction knowledge among children in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe, Muzenda-mudavanhu, C., Manyena, B., Collins, A. 1 Nov 2016, In: Natural Hazards

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