I am a human geographer with over ten years' experience exploring the nexus between governance and disasters, with a particular focus on how local governance regimes and inter-governmental relations affect approaches to dealing with climate extremes in Latin America. I am interested in the political economy of disaster risk management (DRM), and in particular, modes of institutional learning and policy reform resulting from disaster experiences as well as the influence of research and epistemic communities on DRM practices.

As a co-investigator on Work Package 4 of STREVA, I will be developing a framework for understanding the various channels though which governance regimes shape disaster resilience, including the creation of organisations and policies to manage volcanic risk and the use of scientific information in decision-making, as well as through dialogue with civil society. These institutional components or dimensions of risk are often assumed to be generic to all hazard contexts, but we aim to explore this further through WP4.