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Professor Bruce Malamud

Executive Director & Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk


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Executive Director & Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience225, IHRR+44 (0) 191 33 45251
Professor in the Department of Geography225 


Since 1 March 2023, I have been the Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk, and the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), Durham University.

My research focuses on multi-hazard interrelationships along with single hazard research in landslides, earthquakes, floods and wildfires. Research subthemes include anthropogenic processes, invasive species, time-series analyses, mathematical models, visualization, complexity, confronting models with data, and communicating science.

Previous to coming to Durham University, I received a BA in physics from Reed College in 1986, spent two years in the US Peace Corps (1986-1988) as a high-school teacher of chemistry/physics in Niger, West Africa. Then I received a PhD in geophysics/strateigraphy from Cornell University in 1998, after which I received a Fulbright Fellowship 1998) to study natural hazards in Argentina. From 9/2000−2/2022, I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of Natural & Environmental Hazards in the Geography Department, King’s College London.

I was President for four years (2007−11) of the Natural Hazards Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Programme Committee Chair for the EGU General Assembly 2010 & 2011 and Programme Co-Chair of the AOGS–EGU Conference Series on New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia (2018−2022). From 2015-2022, I was PI on 6 research grants (£1.9M to KCL, NERC/EC/FCDO/DFID/ESA) and Co-I on 5 research grants (£2.8M to KCL, NERC/EC/ESRC/GCRF), particularly acting as workpackage or theme leader on multi-hazard interrelationships.

I am also executive editor of Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences and have authorship on >80 peer-review publications with >9900 citations (Google Scholar) to my publications.

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  • Malamud, BD & Turcotte, DL (1999). Self-affine time series: I. Generation and analyses. In ADVANCES IN GEOPHYSICS, VOL 40: LONG-RANGE PERSISTENCE IN GEOPHYSICAL TIME SERIES. Dmowska, R & Saltzman, B 525 B STREET, SUITE 1900, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-4495 USA: ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC. 40: 1-90.

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