Emeritus Consultant, St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst
Dr Alex Wodak AM was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney (1982-2012) but is now an Emeritus Consultant. Dr. Wodak is President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, and a Director of Australia21 and was President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004). He helped establish the first needle syringe programme and the first medically supervised injecting centre in Australia (when both were pre-legal) and often works in developing countries on HIV control among injecting drug users.
Research Review Writer, Nuffield Politics Research Centre, University of Oxford
I am a research review writer at the Nuffield Politics Research Centre, and a PhD student in political science at the London School of Economics. I research the political consequences of technological change, ranging from the rollout of BBC radio in 1920s England to recent expansions of mobile phone networks across Sub-Saharan Africa. I'm also interested in how voters respond to economic and political information, forming the basis of a range of work in Britain. Before moving to the LSE, I studied for an MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, McGill University
Research Interests: Alex has been involved with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, long-standing CBPR project since 1994 which has been associated with PRAM. His research and academic interests include diabetes prevention, Indigenous health promotion, community mobilization, mentorship, personal empowerment and Indigenous research methodologies.
Projects: Alex is Director of the Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network, Director of the Kahnawake Indigenous Youth Mentorship Project, part of a larger national CIHR Pathways 2 project. He is an active participant with the SPOR Diabetes Action Canada project as a patient partner. Alex is also a co-investigator with the new Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research which will be hosted by McGill University.
Alex is also involved with Indigenous focussed curriculum development for medical residents to develop and nurture cultural safety when working with Indigenous patients and community, and is a coordinator in the development of a partnership between Family Medicine, McGill University and the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtiake.
PhD in Civil Engineering (Transport), Monash University
MA in Social Psychology, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Alexa Dodge is a critical criminologist and socio-legal scholar with research and teaching interests in the areas of digital criminology, technology-facilitated violence, sexual violence, feminist criminology, criminal law, and restorative justice.
Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Alexander Crizzle is a Gerontologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. His interests are within the field of road safety that includes assessments for determining the ability to drive safely, commercial motor vehicle safety and alternative transportation, particularly in rural areas. He is leading a large CIHR team on developing evidence-based fitness to drive guidelines (funded by CIHR), as well as leads multiple studies on truck driver health and wellness and its impact on driver performance (Funded by WorkSafe BC and Alberta's Ministry of Labour). He's also leading a provincial study on developing a proposed alternative transportation system that is feasible and sustainable (funded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation). Dr. Crizzle is a member of the dementia and driving team, as part of the larger Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging initiative, to develop interventions for driving cessation in those with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers. He is also a member of the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive), an interdisciplinary health-related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
I am studying the microbiome of ancient and modern metagenomic samples that are associated with humans.
Senior Lecturer in Immunology of Infectious Diseases, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
My background is in molecular biomedicine and I have invested several years of research in host-pathogen interaction. In addition to this, I have been involved in a number of studies that focus on the microbiome in parasite infections in Ghana. However, the increasing prevalence of infectious diseases in Ghana and other African countries ignited my passion to focus on the use of bioinformatics tools to understand underlying genomic and immunology presentations of diseases and other medical conditions, as well as the use of social determinants to understand how people perceive the disease. I am excited to contribute to the training of postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows.
Assistant Professor, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University
Alexander McClelland, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University. His current research is funded by both CIHR and SSHRC, where he examines issues of incarceration, surveillance, public health, and policing. He was a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow with Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa.
Adjunct Researcher, Karolinska Institutet
After graduating from the study programme in psychology in 2011 with a MSc I worked as a clinical psychologist at an outpatient psychiatric care unit and as an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet. I became a Licensed Psychologist in Sweden in 2012 and have continued doing part-time clinical work in different settings ever since. I finished my PhD at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in 2017 with a doctoral thesis on the negative effects of Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy. After my dissertation I spent almost two years as a researcher at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health at University College London. I completed a post doctoral position at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet in 2021, where I am presently an Adjunct Researcher, doctoral supervisor, and principal investigator for the implementation of patient-controlled admissions to inpatient care in Region Stockholm. Since 2021, I am an Associate Professor and Study Director at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University, and since 2022 I am the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Macroevolution and Macroecology Group, Australian National University
I am a evolutionary biologist and biogeographer currently working as a postdoc in the Macroevolution and Macroecology Group at the Australian National University (ANU). Before this, I did a postdoc in the Ecosystems and Landscape Evolution Group at ETH Zürich and the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL), and a PhD at the ANU.
I’m interested in finding links between biogeographic diversity patterns and the macroevolutionary histories of the plant and animal clades that contribute to them. One of my main interests is the origins of biodiversity hotspots, such as those found in tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, or Mediterranean-type ecosystems. I am also interested in understanding how these regions, and the taxa found within them, are vulnerable to global change. To explore these topics, I analyse spatial, phylogenetic, and ecological trait data with simulation modelling and phylogenetic comparative approaches.
Researcher, Department of Zoology, University of Otago
Research Associate, Rhodes University
I am a coastal fisheries scientist focusing on recreational fisheries management and coastal fish movement ecology. I have PhD from Rhodes University (graduated in 2019), during which I investigated the coastal movement of a large iconic game fish species in Southern Angola. Following my Ph.D. I took up a position as a junior researcher at the CCMAR in Faro Portugal, where I investigated the movement behavior of a large coastal fish species using state-of-the-art electronic tagging techniques. I am currently holding a joint research position at Rhodes and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
Assistant Professor, Sociology, University College Dublin
Alexander Sasha Kondakov, PhD, is an assistant professor at the School of Sociology, University College Dublin, Ireland. His truly international experience includes holding positions in the University of Helsinki’s major research centre in Russian and Eurasian studies, Aleksanteri Institute, and Russia's liberal European University at St. Petersburg, as well as research jobs at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. Alexander studied sociology of law at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain. Kondakov’s work is primarily focused on law and sexuality studies, more specifically on queer sexualities. His latest research on violence against LGBT people in Russia has gotten attention in the international and Russian media. Kondakov’s studies were published in such journals as Sexualities, Social & Legal Studies, Feminist Legal Studies, and European Journal of Criminology. The research on anti-queer violence concluded with an open-access book 'Violent Affections: Queer sexuality, techniques of power, and law in Russia'. The book is available for free download on UCL Press website, as well as in other formats for various prices.
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Design Studies, University of Technology Sydney
Alexandra Crosby is a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Design and a research fellow at the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning.
Her research focuses on emerging forms of environmentalism and the the role of creative practices in culturally-specific forms of activism. She is a member of the Cities Network at Sydney University.
She speaks Indonesian and has worked extensively on cross-cultural art and media projects in the Asia-Pacific region.
Alexandra is a board member of Inside Indonesia and an artist for the Yurt Empire.
Adjunct Assistant professor of Economics, University of Rochester
I graduated with a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge. After that I worked for a short time at the Economist as an assistant editor during which time I published articles on financial and economic history. I am now employed as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester and as Assistant Professor of Economics at Minerva University. My co-writers are employed by Minerva University.
Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, Wayne State University
A second-year doctoral candidate working with Dr. Hannah Schacter and the ARC lab, Alexandra has an M.S. in Clinical Research Methods from Fordham University and a B.S. of Cell & Molecular Biology from Tulane University. Her research interests include stress and inflammatory markers in contexts as well as relationships as protective factors.
Research fellow, University of Leicester
Alexandra Kviat is a Research Fellow at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology and the Institute for Digital Culture, University of Leicester. She works across the fields of consumer and service research, cultural and media studies, urban sociology and human geography. Her interdisciplinary research projects have explored the relationship between digital technology, urban space and everyday consumption in the context of the hospitality, retail and leisure industries. Alexandra's work has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Chancellor's International Scholarship, and the Fulbright Program.
Alexandra's areas of expertise include:
- cafes and other 'third places';
- post-digital culture;
- digital disconnection and detox;
- board game culture;
- servicescape design.
Associate Professor of Management, American University
Professor Mislin’s research focuses on negotiation and conflict management. She studies how aspects of social exchange (e.g., trust, reciprocity, emotions) influence cooperation and conflict. Her work bridges the fields of management, experimental economics, and social psychology, leading to scholarly as well as practical insights on organizational life.
Alexandra (Alex) Mislin’s interdisciplinary research is premised on the view that negotiated agreements alone do not lead to desired outcomes. She studies how trust violations and repair, the tracking of obligations, and social curiosity motivate cooperation. Her research has been published in leading academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Economic Psychology. Her courses focus on negotiation strategy and conflict management.
Postdoctoral Fellow, RMIT University
Dr Alexandra Ridgway is a sociologist of family, personal and intimate life with particular interests in family breakdown and divorce; family and sexual violence; death and bereavement; and other forms of biographical disruption. Much of her work has examined these issues in the context of migration. In addition, she has also written on topics pertaining to the fields of health, higher education, leisure sciences and urban studies. Alexandra has a particular passion for qualitative research and a strong interest in methodological and writing practices. She currently works for RMIT University and is a Fellow with the Centre for Criminology at The University of Hong Kong.
Lecturer, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University
Alexandra is a lecturer in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University and a member of RMIT’s Academic Board. With a PhD in sociology from the University of Sheffield and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from UCL she explores the role of material and visual culture in relation to identity and processes of identification. She is also interested in the value of Indigenous knowledge systems for teaching ethical and sustainable fashion and textiles practices.
Between 2010 and 2013 Alexandra worked as the postgraduate researcher on the ESRC-funded research project 'If the Shoe Fits: Footwear Identity and Transition' at the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral research explored the social lives of Clarks Originals shoes. In 2021 she founded the Footwear Research Network to support the ongoing development of academic enquiries into shoes and to enhance academic/industry collaboration.
PhD Candidate, Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, McMaster University
Ali Lefcoe’s research focuses on barriers to work (i.e., major obstacles to quality employment) and barriers at work (i.e., difficulties experienced in carrying out work) and how workers cope with these barriers. These research areas overlap in the sense that some workers (e.g., individuals with disabilities, precarious workers) face both barriers to quality employment, and barriers in the completion of their work with deleterious consequences. Ali has an interest in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and applies these approaches in her current projects. She has defended her thesis proposal and is scheduled to complete her PhD in early 2024.
Alexandre is a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. Alexandre has a strong interest in environmental sustainability through design and his research is looking at optimised lifespans for passenger cars: more specifically, how automotive design can contribute to and influence the reduction of material demand through strategies such as structure modularity, re-use of (more) parts, upgradability, improved manufacturing and re-manufacturing.
Alexandre's interest stemmed from reflection on the automotive industry as a whole, producing more than 80 million cars a year worldwide, and how vehicles are used and disposed, often too soon, despite their potential to last longer. Also the impending scarcity of raw materials due to an expected rise in global population and a growing middle class who will demand more new products and put more pressure on an already polluted and saturated environment.
Alexandre's research will address the design stage and its influence on product use, durability, longevity and new forms of personal mobility; it will also consider assembly and disassembly processes and business models in order to understand how this interconnected relationship of three processes / disciplines can contribute to reducing material demand from a product longevity perspective and divert materials from end-of-life and give them an extended life. A design framework will be devised to assist automotive designers to incorporate optimised lifespans throughout the development of passenger vehicles.
In order to accomplish this Alexandre interviewed key people in the automotive industry who have influence in car design and development. The data gathered from experts will be analysed and will inform the design framework.
Alexandre has an automotive industry background and a degree in automotive product design. Alexandre also studied business administration and lectured in Product Design and Marketing for two years. Alexandre is also a storybook author with a published anthology.
Research Assistant, Bayes Business School, City, University of London
Alexandros Skouralis is a research assistant in the Real Estate Research Centre at Bayes Business School. He is involved in the Commercial Real Estate Lending report that aims to increase transparency in commercial mortgage markets for regulators and investors. Before joining Bayes, Alexandros worked at the Macro-Financial division of the Central Bank of Ireland. His research interests include applied macroeconomics, real estate markets, financial stability and climate risk. He holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University and a MSc degree in Economics & Finance from University of Bristol.
Professor of Sociology, University of Washington
I am a sociologist who uses a mixed-method approach to study institutional decision-making. My research interests focus on social stratification processes and racial and ethnic disparities. I investigate how contact with varying institutions (educational, juvenile and criminal justice and economic) impact individuals' life chances. Frequently, my work combines data types in order to illustrate both the macro context of the problem at hand, and at the same time investigate the micro processes leading to outcomes. Using participant observation, interview, and statistical methods my work has investigated how institutional actors assess, label, and process individuals and groups, and how those processed respond. My aim is to produce research that is theoretically informed and empirically rich, and research that is of value in local, state, and national policy arenas.
I have taught undergraduate courses on race and ethnicity (soc 362), social problems (soc 270), juvenile justice (375), and special topics courses (soc 401 one on credit markets, one on criminal sentencing and currently prepping one on sports, higher education and race). I also teach the graduate-level research methods course on qualitative research methods (soc 519 and 520) and have taught juvenile justice.
Current Research Projects
A Pound of Flesh documents the contemporary relationship between the United States' systems of social control and inequality. Using a mixed-method approach (court observations, interviews with court actors and defendants, review of legal statute and cases, and statistical analysis of court automated data), I analyze the particular policies and mechanisms used within the criminal justice system to impose and monitor sanctions to poor people who do not pay their legal debts, and I examine the consequences of this process. I explicitly outline how local community and court culture and financial constraints influence contemporary notions of who should be held accountable for their actions by the criminal justice system. Put simply, monetary sanctions serve as a punishment tool that permanently penalize and marginalize the poor.
Head of the Research Lab for Psychological Support of Law Enforcement, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs
Dr. Alexey Serdyuk (Oleksii Serdiuk) is a Head of the Research Laboratory for Psychological Support of Law Enforcement, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, Ukraine; Lieutenant Colonel of Police. He was born in 1974. PhD Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs (Sociology), 2003; BA/MA V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Psychology) and Kharkiv Institute of Management (Economics), 1997. Associate Professor in Sociology, 2006. Visiting Scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, Addiction Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, 2015. His previous appointments include Deputy Head of Research Lab on Combating Crime; Head of Research Lab on Distance Education; Head of Sociology and Social Work Department; Deputy Head of Research Lab for Staff, Sociological and Psychological Support of Law Enforcement. He is author of over 150 publications. Has extensive experience in international research on sociology, psychology, criminology, policing and epidemiology of substance abuse.
2019 – present, Ukrainian Longitudinal Study (ULS) – measuring behavioral development of Ukrainian children across the transition from middle to high school and then to college with special focus on substance abuse risk factors with interdisciplinary methodological approach (Principal investigator)
1995 – present, Youth and Drugs – Substance Use Monitoring Among Youth in Kharkiv City (Principal investigator) in cooperation with Sociological Association of Ukraine within the Regional Community Safety and Public Order Ensuring Program and Development Strategy for Kharkiv Region
2013 – present, Trust and Safety – Measuring of police performance in Kharkiv region (Principal investigator) in cooperation with Sociological Association of Ukraine and European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM), within the Regional Community Safety and Public Order Ensuring Program and Development Strategy for Kharkiv Region
2013 – present, Corruption in the Everyday Life – Survey on corruption in Kharkiv region (Principal investigator)
2014 Survey on socio-political situation in Kharkiv region and identifying ways of overcoming the crisis (Principal investigator)
2013 – 2014 Like mother, like daughter: Intergenerational criminality of Ukrainian women, in collaboration with Ohio State University – Marion, USA (Co-Principal investigator)
2011 – 2012 Study of the effect of internal and external migration on the criminal situation in Kazakhstan, in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (scientific consultant on criminology)
2010 – 2011 Migrant workers and crime: where Kings Lynn meets Moscow. The study in England, Russia and Ukraine, in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University (Co-Principal investigator)
2007 – 2009 Corruption in State traffic inspection (STI) of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine (Project director / Principal investigator)
2007 – 2008 Drugs-crime connection: the study of convicted offenders in Ukraine In collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University (Co-Principal investigator)
2005 Monitoring of illegal spread of drugs among young people in Kharkov region (Co-Principal investigator)
2001 Injection drug use in Kharkov region: WHO survey of injection drug use, stage 2. (scientific expert of Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs)
2000 – 2001 Organizational and methodical aspects of drug abuse prevention among youth. Measures in Ukraine, Germany, Spain and Russia (Co-Principal investigator / scientific expert of Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs)
1998 – 1999 The dynamics, socio-cultural context and subjective conditions of illegal spread of drugs among young people Since the Second World War (Co-Principal investigator / as scientific expert of Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs)
Associate Professor in the School of Economics, University of Johannesburg
Alexis Habiyaremye is an associate professor in the School of Economics at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include innovation & industrial policy, labour market dynamics, technological change and export diversification. He has published extensively on industrial capacity building, economic policy uncertainty, economic stimulus & job creation, innovation policy, and beneficiation of natural resources.
Étudiant à la maîtrise en sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Étudiant à la maîtrise en sociologie à l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Ses champs d'intérêts sont la sociologie politique, les populismes, l'extrême droite, les médias socionumériques et la sociologie du sport.
Enseignant à l’École des Ponts, ingénieur de recherche au Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport, École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC)
Les travaux de recherche d’Alexis Poulhès portent sur la modélisation de l’affectation des usagers dans des réseaux de transport et ses applications économiques et environnementales. Il s’intéresse également à la modélisation et l’évaluation environnementale de la mobilité à l’échelle du quartier, les conséquences des pratiques de mobilité dans les villes de taille moyenne sur l’environnement et l’évaluation de politiques publiques environnementales.
Research Associate on the Davy Notebooks Project, Lancaster University
I am a Research Associate on the Davy Notebooks Project.
I obtained my PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2018. I joined the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster in 2021 from the University of Leeds, where I was a Research Associate on the Sheridan Project (Leverhulme-funded). I have lectured at Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church University and City, University of London.
I was awarded a Birkbeck / Wellcome Trust ISSF doctoral extension grant in 2018/19 for research on women’s participation in medicine in the early nineteenth century. I have been awarded visiting fellowships at Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library, the Wordsworth Trust and Chawton House Library.
My research focuses on Romantic manuscript practices, women’s literary history, and travel writing. I am currently working on my first book, entitled Manuscript Geographies: Women Writers and Transnational Networks: 1798-1840. My research has been published in European Romantic Review. I have forthcoming articles in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in Romanticism (both 2021).
I have secondary interests in the medical humanities and the history of science, particularly women’s midwifery writing of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have written a book chapter on Lady Mount Cashell’s medical life, forthcoming in The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Science: History, Cultures and Practice since 1660 (2021), of which I am also Co-editor.
Catedrático de Universidad, área de Organización de Empresas, Dirección Estratégica, Turismo (empresas y destinos) - Jubilado, Universidad de Huelva
Una síntesis curricular y el listado de trabajos más recientes puede encontrarse en: https://www.uhu.es/alfonso_vargas/
I am an American living in Europe taking advantage of the "outsider" perspective in order to understand my country's political system and how members of society interact within the United States.
I received my BA in History from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2002 and my MA in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004. Afterwards, I worked in international education in London, specifically helping American students adjust to life in the UK, and in the finance industry in Luxembourg.
My research focuses on three essential questions: what is "populism," how does one define the Tea Party and Occupy organisations, and how are they all related? Concerning "populism," I argue that a dichotomy exists regarding how this label is conceived today that appeared after the emergence of the Populist Movement of the late nineteenth century.
For the Tea Party and Occupy organisations, I maintain that they are more complex than many originally imagined and do not conform to the general anti-government and anti-capitalist activism respectively applied to them. To conclude, I postulate that the elements within the Tea Party and Occupy organizations have inherited the role of the Populist Movement and are developing a new way to view populism in America.
Senior Erre Traditional Owner, Indigenous Knowledge
Alfred Nayingull is a senior Erre Traditional Owner from Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. He is committed to caring for his people's cultural heritage, and has been actively involved in Indigenous land management and conservation efforts in the region.
Alfred has been instrumental in the creation of the Njanjma Aboriginal Rangers, who are responsible for managing Erre traditional lands in the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust and Kakadu National Park. He is currently a member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.
He has also been involved in the development of cultural tourism initiatives, which showcase the unique traditions and customs of the local Aboriginal communities. Alfred's dedication to caring for country and his people's culture and the natural environment is widely respected and appreciated.
Sessional lecturer and researcher, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Ali Akbar is a researcher and sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where he received his PhD in Islamic Studies. He publishes books and articles in areas of religion, politics and Middle Eastern studies. His books include: Contemporary Perspectives on Revelation and Qur’anic Hermeneutics (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an and Its Interpretation in Iran (with Abdullah Saeed, Routledge, 2020) and Iran's Soft Power in Afghanistan and Pakistan (with Zahid Ahmed, Edinburgh University Press, 2023). He has also published extensively in journals including Iranian Studies, Culture and Religion, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Mediterranean Politics, Third Word Quarterly and Political Theology.
Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies & Director, CIFAL York, York University, Canada
I am a professor of disaster and emergency management at York University, Toronto, Canada. I have been teaching and researching various types of disasters and emergencies since 1993. My research focuses on human, economic and environmental, and technology applications aspects of disasters and emergency management. I develop many different types of simulations and applications for disaster and emergency management.