Ian Davis

RIBA PhD (London)
Visiting Professor


Ian has worked in Disaster Management continually since 1972. He has been a senior advisor to various Governments and the United Nations, and has extensive experience in research, consultancy, advocacy, higher education and mid-career staff development and training. He was a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture for 19 years. He has written or edited over ninety papers and sixteen books on disaster related themes which include the co-authored Second Edition of ‘At Risk, Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Disasters’ (2003). In 1996 he became the first UK citizen to be awarded the United Nations Sasakawa Award with the citation: ‘for an outstanding contribution to International Disaster Prevention’. Ian Davis is a Visiting Professor in the Resilience Centre of Cranfield University and Professor of Disaster Management at Coventry University. He is also an Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies, and Visiting Fellow in the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) in York University.

Ian was lead consultant for an Asian Development Bank Institute project in Tokyo on 'Risk Reduction in the Asia/ Pacific Region’; he was also the Technical Editor for 'Guidelines on Urban Risk, Integration of DRR into Government Sectors and Adaptation to Climate Change' for the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok. The guidelines he edited in 1982 for the UN on 'Shelter after Disaster' were refreshed and published by the IFRC in 2013.

Publications, conference papers and presentations

Davis, I. and Alexander, D. (2016) ‘Recovery from Disaster’, Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change. Routledge: Abingdon.

Davis, I. (lead ed.) (2015) Shelter after Disaster (2nd edition). Published with the support of IFRC. IFRC and OCHA, 2015 (online) http://bit.ly/28MI2gC. Accessed: 21.06.2016.


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

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