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Andrew Collins

Professor of Disaster and Development

Department: Geography

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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.

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Qualifications

1996: PhD Geography: King’s College, London – ESRC Scholarship R00429234054 ‘Environment, Health and Population Displacement in Mozambique’.

1992: BSc Geography: (First Class Hons), Kingston University, UK.

1998: PgC University Teaching and Learning, Northumbria University, UK

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

The theoretical, methodological and policy aspects of risk reduction, health ecology, human security and sustainable development in contexts of complex change. This engages interlinked issues of environment and society, population displacement, governance, capacity and education, environmental and disaster management. He has applied this more focally to health, disease and community based strategies. Overall objectives are to orientate science and society to deal with disaster risk, resilience and development through processes of transitioning to health and well-being at multiple levels. This has progressed transdisciplinary disaster reduction and sustainable development approaches in research, teaching and learning. It advocates hazard, risk, disaster, complex emergency and humanitarianism as cross-sectoral requiring of public rights and participation, including in relation to climate change. Whilst the implications from this research are increasingly flagged in international discourse and policy, fundamental challenges remain in the ongoing interpretations and operationalisation of this knowledge by multiple stakeholders in a rapidly changing world.

Andrew regularly serves on review and commissioning boards for national and international organisations, conferences, journals and research funding bodies engaging the disaster and development paradigm he has promoted.

Indicative research projects include:

2017-Present:Northumbria PI, No Strings International Hand Washing with Soap Innovation, in association with No Strings International, Catholic Relief Services and DDN Infectious Disease Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF - ELRHA £116,801)

2016-Present:Co-Investigator for SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net), ESRC Research Grant, Newton Fund ES/P000517/1 (£116,982 PI Nottingham).

2012–2015:Implementing Partner for ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development) – DDC, Northumbria institutional input, European Union Grant.

2010-2012:Research Fellow. ZiF-research group, ‘Communicating Disaster’, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/FG/2010CommunicatingDisaster/Fellows/acollins.html .

2010-2013: DFID and British Council Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) Project, ‘Disaster Education for Community Resilience in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh’ (Delphe 734 £89,700), with Department of Geography, Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE), Zimbabwe and BRAC University, Bangladesh.

2010-2011: Co-Investigator, British Academy / Leverhulm Small Grants Study SG091024 £5,400 on ‘Disaster Livelihoods and Food Security in the South-West region of Cameroon Following Volcanic Eruptions’.

2008-2011: Series Chair, ESRC Seminar Series RES-451-26-0618 £14,000 ‘Disaster Education in the UK’, a collaboration of the Universities of Northumbria, Kyoto, Glamorgan and UCL.

2007-2010: Co-Principle Investigator, DFID Civil Society Challenge Fund Grant CSF0415 £407,308 ‘Zambezi Valley Advocacy Project’ (ZVAP), Zimbabwe.

2007-2010: UK Leader of DFID and British Council Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE 2.77 £90,000) Project, ‘Infectious Disease Risk Reduction (IDRR) in Mozambique and Bangladesh’, with Catholic University of Mozambique and ICDDR, Bangladesh.

2007-2009: Principal Investigator, ESRC Research Grant RES-167-25-0241 £238,000 ‘The Meaning of Health Security for Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh: a health security framework for disaster risk reduction’.

2006-2009: DFID and British Council Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE  £86,000) programme, ‘People Centred Hazard and Vulnerability Mitigation in Disaster Risk Management’, with Kathmandu University, Nepal and BRAC University, Bangladesh.

2006-Present: Japan-UK Disaster Risk Reduction Study Programme, a multi-institution collaborative development led by Northumbria and Kyoto Universities variously supported by grants from The Japan Foundation, Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Daiwa Foundation.

1998-Present: Contract research consultant for international development or disaster reduction projects with International Organisations (IOs), Governments (GOs), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including DFID, UK Government Office for Science, Trocaire, World Bank, USAID, FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNDP, Governments of Mozambique, East Timor, Ghana and Angola, Stockholm Environment Institute, Care, World Vision, Save the Children, Agema, Agha Khan, Water Aid, GTZ, Mediae Trust, IFRC, Practical Action, Wageningen International, Family Health International, ChildFund International, EuropeAid, EU funding bodies amongst others.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Andrew works with scholars, practitioners and senior policy making people in the disasters and development field. He has been active within multiple academic links around the world. Beyond the university sector this has involved International Organisations (IOs), Governments (GOs), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including DFID, UK Government Office for Science, Trocaire, World Bank, USAID, FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNDP, Governments of Mozambique, East Timor, Ghana and Angola, Stockholm Environment Institute, Care, World Vision, Save the Children, Agema, Agha Khan, Water Aid, GTZ, Mediae Trust, IFRC, Practical Action, Wageningen International, Family Health International, ChildFund International, EuropeAid, ELRHA, EU funding bodies, GADRI and multiple academic institutions in the UK and internationally.

Current/Recent Projects

See also research projects listed under ‘Research Themes and Scholarly Interests’ above.

2017- Present:Expert, Internationalisation Programme, University of Zilina, Slovakia.

2016- Present:Elected Co-Chair of UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR). www.ukadr.org

2016- Present:Elected Chair, (Elected Board Member since 2015) of Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), 139 research institutions - hosted by Kyoto University. www.gadri.net

2016- Present:Co-Chair of International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Ecology and Peace Commission (incorporating Risk and Conflict Working Group).

2014- Present:Elected Chair of Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) Steering Committee (£30+ million); supported by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Department for International Development (DFID), Government of Sweden and Welcome Trust. www.elrha.org 2010-Present: Nationally Elected Steering Group Member for ELRHA. Member of Humanitarian Innovation Fund Grant Selection Panel.

2016- Present:Member of Disaster Medicine Fellowship Advisory Board, School of Medicine, University of Indiana, USA.

2016- Present:Advisory Board Member, Access to Safe Reproductive Health Services in Bangladesh, Reproductive Health in Disasters Programme, University of Leicester, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and ICDDR, Bangladesh.

2013- Present: Member of World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Health and Disaster Risk Management Consultative Pre-Groups and Group launched 2016.

2015:Evaluation Committee Member for review of the Applied Systems Analysis (ASA), Water and Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) research programmes of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.

2016-Present:External Examiner, Risk Masters and MARM programmes, Department of Geography, University of Durham.

2012-2016:External Examiner, MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London (UCL).

2010-Present:3rd Term Member of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College (appointment extended to 30th Sept 2019). Also – Large Grants Commissioning Panel Member 2014, Centre Grants Selection Panel and Interview Panel Deputy Chair 2017.

2011-Present:Member of Scientific and Technical Advisory Board and institutional partner lead for Global Risk Forum (GRF) One Health Summit 19-23 Feb 2012, 17-20 Nov 2013, 5-8 Oct 2014, Oct 2015 and International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 26-30 Aug 2012, 24-28 Aug 2014, 28 Aug-1 Sept 2016, Davos, Switzerland http://www.grforum.org/pages_new.php/-Scientific-&-Technical-Advisory-Board/1025/1/938/1013/  http://vimeo.com/38015024

Board Director: International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM); hosted by Kyoto University, Japan. http://idrim.org/

Chair of Advisory Board: ‘The Position and Experiences of ‘New Migrants’ in the North East of England’, Consortia of Civil Societal and Refugee Support Organisations and Northumbria University, British Academy and Leverhulme.

UK Govt. (DECC) and United Nations Nominee to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) 2012. Expert Reviewer, Working Group II - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

External Examiner, MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London (UCL) since 2012.

External Examiner, BSc Disaster Management and Engineering, School of Science and Technology, University of Teesside since 2008.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Expert. Since 2011.

2010-2014: Accreditation to Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK) Global Uncertainties Programme.

2012-Present: Editor-in-Chief. Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters – Open Access.

Editorial Board Memberships:

(2005-Present) Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition – ICDDR,B

(2008-Present) Journal of Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment – Libertas Academica

(2010-Present) Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management

(2011-Present) International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction – Elsevier.

2010-2011: Lead; UK Government Office for Science (GOS) Review of ‘Mechanisms for Reacting to Environmental Shocks’, commissioned by Chief Scientific Adviser, HM Govt. for Foresight Global Environmental Migration Project.

2011-Present: Member of Scientific and Technical Advisory Board and institutional partner lead for Global Risk Forum (GRF) One Health Summit 19-23 Feb 2012, 17-20 Nov 2013, 5-8 Oct 2014 and International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 26-30 Aug 2012, 24-28 Aug 2014, Davos, Switzerland.

2010-2012: Senior Research Fellow. ZiF-Research Group, ‘Communicating Disaster’, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany.

2009-2012: Programme Leader, MSc Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development, Northumbria University.

2008-present: Joint-Coordinator, with School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, of Environment, Health and Development Network (EHD), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and ESRC Enhanced Networking Programme ‘Seasonal Environmental Hazards: a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of health risks in lower-income countries’.

2006-Present: Founding Board Member of Dealing with Disasters (DwD) International Conference Series. Conference Co-Chairing and organisational lead annually to date.

Key Publications

Collins, A.E., Tatano, H., James, W., Wannous, Cl, Takara, K., Murray, V., Scawthorn, C., Mori, J., Aziz, S., Mosalam, K.M., Hochrainer-Stigler, S., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Krausmann, E., Li, W.S., Cruz, A.M., Samaddar, S., De-Groeve, T., Ono, Y., Berryman, K., Suzuki, K., Parry, M.A., McGowran, P., and Rees, J.G. (2017) ‘The 3rd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Expanding the Platform for Bridging Science and Policy Making’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science.

Collins, A.E. (2016) ‘Applications of disaster risk reduction principles and operational mechanisms to migration in contexts of instability’, in Sudmeier-Rieux, K., Jaboyedoff, M., Fernandez, M., Penna, I. and JC Gaillard Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development’, Springer. pp.127-44.

Mavhura, E., Collins, A.E. and Bongo, P.P. (2016) 'Flood vulnerability and relocation readiness in Zimbabwe’, Disaster Prevention and Management, 26:1, pp.

Muzenda-Mudavanhu, C., Manyena, S.B. and Collins, A.E. (2016) ‘Disaster risk reduction knowledge among children in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe’, Natural Hazards, 84, pp.911-931.

Ray-Bennett, N., Collins, A.E., Edgeworth, R., Bhuiya, A., Nahar, P. and Alamgi, F. (2016) ‘Everyday health security practices as disaster resilience in rural Bangladesh’, Development in Practice, 26:2, pp.170-183.

Adeniyi, O., Perera, S., and Collins, A.E. (2016) ‘Review of finance and investment in disaster resilience in the built environment’, International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 20:3, pp.224-238.

Collins, A.E., Jones, S., Manyena, B. and Jayawickrama, J. (Eds.)(2015) Hazards, Risks and Disasters in Society, Hazards Risks and Disasters Series, Elsevier, Oxford. ISBN 978-0-12-396451-9 (23 chapters)

Collins, A.E. (2015) ‘Beyond experiential learning in disaster and development communication’ in: Egner, H., Schorch, M. and Voss, M. (Eds.) Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns, London: Routledge, pp.56-76.

Islam, M.S., Islam, M.S., Mahmud, Z.H., Cairncross, S., Clemens, J.D. and Collins, A.E. (2015) ‘Role of phytoplankton in maintaining endemicity and seasonality of cholera in Bangladesh’, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109:9, pp.572-8.

Mbakem, E.A. and Collins, A.E. (2014) ‘Dealing with the grey contours: displacement circumstances and livelihood adaptation between Congo Brazzaville and the United Kingdom’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, 49:1, pp.100-14.

Collins, A.E. (2013) ‘Applications of disaster risk reduction to migration influenced by environmental change’, Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, 27:S1, pp. S112-S125.

Collins, A.E. (2013) ‘Editorial - Linking disaster and development: further challenges and opportunities’ Special Edition, Environmental Hazards, 12:1, pp.1-4.

Collins, A.E. (2011) ‘What Mechanisms are there for reacting to environmental shocks?’ UK Government Foresight Project: Global Environmental Migration: Review SR5. (will be launched by the HM Government at the RGS London 20th October, 2011)

Collins, A.E. (2009) ‘The people centred approach to early warning systems and the ‘Last Mile’, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Disaster Report, Chapter 2, pp. 39-68.

Collins, A.E. (2009) Disaster and Development, Routledge Perspectives in Development Series, London. (Book contains 29 plates, 24 figures, 17 tables and 18 boxes) http://www.routledge.com/978-0-415-42668-8

Ray-Bennett, N., Collins, A.E., Bhuiya, A., Edgeworth, R., Nahar, P and Alamgir, F. (2010) ‘Exploring the meaning of health security for disaster resilience through people's perspectives in Bangladesh’, Health and Place, 16: pp.581-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.01.003


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