PhD student to present at leading international conferenceWednesday 2 November 2016
PhD student Alessandra Lotteri has been invited to present a paper at one of the most important conferences in the Research Field of Volcanology.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Science student is flying to the City of Volcanoes conference in Puerto Varas, Chile.
This year the Scientific Technical Program covers a broad range of volcano processes, hazard and risk reduction and mitigation. The conference provides the best link between the volcanology community and emergency managers, and, as they write in their website “to serve as a conduit for exchange of ideas and experience among people living and working in ‘cities on volcanoes’, and promote multi-disciplinary applied research, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists and city officials”.
Alessandra is presenting a poster co-authored with her supervisors David Chester; Janet Speake, Angus Duncan, Nicolau Wallenstein, and Rui Coutinho entitled Population dynamics: the changing spatial pattern of hazard vulnerability and resilience in the Azores.
This PhD project aims to investigate population exposure and resilience in the Azores Archipelago. It first considers the ways that population growth, migration and settlement has exposed people to hazards and, secondly, it seeks to improve knowledge of vulnerability, in particular with respect to socio -cultural and demographic vulnerability. Sites of potential risk in the field will be also examined. Third, the research seeks to understand the current resilience of the community in order to compare this with the results of surveys carried out over the past two decades.
Working at the interface of social and physical science will improve hazard mitigation at the local scale promoting community knowledge and resilience.