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Department of Geography

Department to appoint new Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk

(18 July 2005)

The Department is currently seeking a Director of its Institute for Hazard and Risk Research (IHRR) at Professorial level. Mr Charles Wilson, an alumnus of the Department, has generously funded the Chair. The IHRR is a major new strategic investment for the University as an international centre of research excellence. Its core remit is to become a world leading centre of inter-disciplinary research and scholarship concerned with: the production of risks and vulnerabilities; resilience and response in both natural and social environments; and the generation and mediation of risk knowledges. Substantive research foci are expected to include earth processes, water, personal and social harm, technology and infrastructure, waste and energy.

The Institute will be located in an attractive, purpose-built building comprising state-of-the-art laboratories, seminar rooms, and staff and postgraduate offices. This £3.5m building, which will completed by June 2007, will be attached to the Geography Department. It has been made possible as a result of significant capital and HR investment from both university and alumni sources. The building has been designed to a very high specification in order to maximise the potential for research collaboration and intellectual vibrancy. This includes spacious offices, a Director’s suite, break-out space, a roof garden, and attractive internal and external landscaping – all of which will give the building iconic presence on the University campus.

For further particulars, please contact Professor Ash Amin, Head of Department or Professor Antony Long, Head of Department Elect (commencing 1st August 2005).

Post reference number: (0899).

Closing date: 28th September 2005.

More details can be found here