September 29, 2009
Alan Hawley CBE has joined the University of Glamorgan as Professor of Disaster Studies and will head up its new Disasters and Resilience Centre. The Centre will progress all aspects of the study of disasters and provide expert consultancy as required to others.
Professor Hawley joins Glamorgan after 34 years in the Army. His final appointment was as a major general holding the post of Director General of the Army Medical Services. During his career he held a succession of command appointments and saw service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. His experiences led to an interest in disaster medicine and disaster management. His main research interests are the relationship between conflict and disasters, the link between disaster and development, and the vulnerabilities of populations to disasters.
He said, “It is a great opportunity to lead this exciting new initiative that exactly matches the vision of the University. It will draw not only on all the resources and capabilities within the University, but will also be outwards facing and link in nationally and internationally with other interested parties.”
Professor Hawley brings links and networks that are truly global. He holds academic appointments at St George’s University of London, Manchester University, University of Lahore, Pakistan and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States. He also has collaborative links with groups in Australasia, Netherlands, South Africa and the Emirates.
Professor Brian Hobbs, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research said, “We welcome Alan’s arrival, he is an experienced and high profile colleague who brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience. Under his leadership the Disasters and Resilience Centre will drive forward the University’s agenda in this important field of research.”
The University’s current activity in Disaster Studies include an MSc in Disaster Healthcare, participation in an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) engagement event in June 2009, a scoping report on Civil Contingencies Training and Exercise Requirements in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government and the organisation of the Dealing with Disasters conference series, which this year takes place in Nepal. Current PhD students are addressing a range of key issues, including command and control systems, the effectiveness of hazard warning systems and enhancing the capability to predict volcanic eruptions.