EngD - A Multi-hazard Assessment Methodology for Banda Aceh (Indonesia) to Guide Resilient Urban Development

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EngD - A Multi-hazard Assessment Methodology for Banda Aceh (Indonesia) to Guide Resilient Urban Development

4 year tax-free stipend at £17,750pa

In collaboration with Arup the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, we have funding from the EPSRC for an EngD studentship (4 year program) for the following project;

A Multi-hazard Assessment Methodology for Banda Aceh (Indonesia) to Guide Resilient Urban Development

Disasters can be caused by natural hazards which are extreme geological or hydro-meteorological events. Each hazard type has specific characteristics in terms of probability, frequency, intensity, coverage and duration. All have the potential to cause significant loss of life and damage to infrastructure, resulting in loss of livelihoods (da Silva 2007). The severity of the effects of a natural hazard in any location are dependent on its characteristics but also on local factors such as geology, soil type, topography and the vulnerability of the built environment to the hazard. Furthermore, multiple hazards may affect an area and may not be totally independent. For example, Banda Aceh is at risk from earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, heavy rainfall and flooding (Lubkowski, 2006). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently recognized the importance of multi-hazard assessment and has incorporated it into its risk assessment software HAZUS-MH (FEMA, 2004). However, this method is not directly applicable to developing countries.

Hence, this EngD project looks to answer the research questions: “How can a multi-hazard risk assessment tool created for a developed country be adapted for a developing country?” and “How can this tool be used to guide decision making in a reconstruction/recovery process”. In order to constrain the scope of the work, the project will concentrate on the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
The successful applicant will become a part of the EPSRC-funded Earthquake and People Interaction Centre (EPICENTRE), and be expected to interact with researchers in coastal and earthquake engineering, and psychology. Applicants will be required to present / publish results and to work with the teams of researchers at Arup and at the EPICENTRE. The applicant will need to spend time both at ARUP and UCL. The student will also have guidance from Arup and from academic staff of the civil, environmental and geomatic engineering department, earth sciences department and development planning units at UCL


to evaluate the effectiveness of the FEMA 433 framework in evaluating multiple hazards in a developing context;
to extend the FEMA 433 framework for loss calculation to include secondary dependencies;
to study the influence on resilience of increasing urbanization, new construction technologies and governance.

A variety of research methods will be adopted from the engineering, geophysics and social science fields.


Guidance for planning decisions in reconstruction/recovery.
Guidance for the consideration of multiple hazards in reconstruction/ structural design and assessment


For a place on the EngD programme funded through EPSRC awards, applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility requirements. EngD Funding is available for applicants who have been working residents in the UK for at least three years prior to the proposed commencement of the programme.

Visit this website for more information: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/PostgraduateTraining/StudentEligibility.htm
Applicants must have at least a 2.1 degree in an Engineering discipline, hazard related or development related studies, or an MSc or MA in a related subject. The ideal candidate should be able to both work independently and in a team, and be willing to travel.

Please email a short statement by 27th August 2008 indicating how you meet the entrance requirements to Tizianna Rossetto (t.rossetto (at) cege.ucl.ac.uk). If you are successful, you will be invited to apply in full and come for an interview on 2nd September. Successful candidates will be invited for interview by 29th August.

Application deadline: 20th August 2008
Interviews: 20th – 28th August 2008
Project Start Date: 15th September 2008

Contact: Tiziana Rossetto

Phone: 020 7679 7831

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