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Dr Katie Oven

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a human geographer researching social vulnerability and resilience to disasters, with a particular focus on earthquakes and landslides. My research cross-cuts social, political and development geography, with theoretical work grounded in empirical research in South and Central Asia (Nepal, Northern India and Kazakhstan).

Recent research as part of the NERC/ESRC-funded ‘Earthquakes without Frontiers’ project has explored:

  • the politics and practice of disaster risk management at the national and local ‘community’ level in Nepal with Dr Samantha Jones (Northumbria)
  • economic development, livelihoods and resilience in developing rural Asia with Prof. Jonathan Rigg (Bristol)
  • the concept of disaster resilience in the post-Soviet Second World, drawing on research in Kazakhstan with Prof. Greg Bankoff (Hull)

Informed by critical physical geography, I also work closely with natural science colleagues to rethink how we do hazard and risk research. As part of this, I am currently a Co-Investigator on a NERC/DFID-funded Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) project, focusing on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal in the context of wider social, political and economic change. This project brings together natural and social scientists in Nepal and the UK, NGOs People In Need (PIN) and NSET-Nepal, and the National Reconstruction Authority, Government of Nepal.

Prior to joining Northumbria University in September 2019, I was Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Geography at Durham University.

Katie Oven

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • The social production of vulnerability to disasters
  • Disaster risk governance

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Changing significance of landslide Hazard and risk after the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake, Rosser, N., Kincey, M., Oven, K., Densmore, A., Robinson, T., Pujara, D., Shrestha, R., Smutny, J., Gurung, K., Lama, S., Dhital, M. 1 Apr 2021, In: Progress in Disaster Science
  • Evolution of coseismic and post‐seismic landsliding after the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal, Kincey, M., Rosser, N., Robinson, T., Densmore, A., Shrestha, R., Pujara, D., Oven, K., Williams, J., Swirad, Z. Mar 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
  • Spaces of Disaster, Oven, K., Ruszczyk, H., Rigg, J. Oct 2020, Research Ethics for Human Geography, London, SAGE
  • The neglected country(side): Earthquake risk perceptions and disaster risk reduction in post-Soviet rural Kazakhstan, Oven, K., Bankoff, G. 1 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan, Bankoff, G., Oven, K. 1 Jan 2020, In: Disasters
  • From nomadic communitarianism to civil socialism: Searching for the roots of civil society in rural Kazakhstan, Bankoff, G., Oven, K. 2 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Civil Society
  • Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction, Hicks, A., Barclay, J., Chilvers, J., Armijos, M., Oven, K., Simmons, P., Haklay, M. 18 Sep 2019, In: Frontiers in Earth Science
  • #leavenoonebehind: Women, gender planning and disaster risk reduction in Nepal, Oven, K., Rigg, J., Rana, S., Gautam, A., Singh, T. 14 Jun 2019, Climate Hazards, Disasters, and Gender Ramifications, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Older People and Climate Change: Vulnerability and Resilience to Extreme Weather in England, Oven, K., Wistow, J., Curtis, S. 30 May 2019, People and Climate Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Simple rules to minimise exposure to coseismic landslide hazard, Milledge, D., Densmore, A., Bellugi, D., Rosser, N., Watt, J., Li, G., Oven, K. 17 Apr 2019, In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

PGR Supervision

Bina Limbu Development and Disaster: ‘opposite sides of the same coin' Start Date: 01/10/2021


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