Roxana Ciurean

Dr Roxana Ciurean

Geohazard scientist
BGS Keyworth


Roxana is a trained geographer with a background in Environmental Geological Engineering and Geohazards. Her main research interest lies in better understanding the risks and impacts caused by natural hazards on communities and the built environment, taking into account future environmental and socio-economic changes. She is particularly keen on integrating different qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques for assessing susceptibility, exposure, vulnerability and loss to multiple hazards with an outlook on their spatial and temporal interaction. Roxana worked with different stakeholders, across scales and sectors, in national and international projects. With her work, she hopes to contribute towards bridging the gap between science, policy, and practice in Disaster Risk Reduction and move from identifying problems to developing solutions and approaches toward a more resilient and sustainable future.

Roxana Ciurean’s Biography

  • 2018 – ongoing : Geohazard Scientist, Shallow Geohazards and Risks Team, BGS
  • 2017 –2018 : Scientific Editor, Cactus Communications Ltd
  • 2017 : External Expert, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • 2015 : Visiting Early Stage Researcher, University of Lausanne
  • 2012 –2016 : PhD in Geography, University of Vienna. Thesis: Vulnerability and loss assessment of buildings to hydro-meteorological hazards
  • 2012 –2014 : Marie Curie Fellow, ITN CHANGES Project
  • 2010 –2012 : MSc Environmental Geology and Geohazards, University of Oslo
  • 2007 –2009 : MSc Environmental Geological Engineering, University of Bucharest
  • 2007 –2010 : Researcher, Geological Institute of Romania
  • 2003 –2007 : BA Geography and Spanish Language, University of Bucharest

Research interests

  • Landslide modelling, hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Uncertainty and consequence analysis
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment and management
  • Remote sensing and GIS applied in hazard risk analysis
  • DRR and sustainable development under environmental and socio-economic change
  • Knowledge management and stakeholder engagement in DRR

Projects and collaborations

ORCID: 0000000296605025



Book chapters

  • Micu, M, Jurchescu, M, Șandric, I, Mărgărit, M C, Chițu, Z, Micu, D, Ciurean, R L, Ilinca, V, and Vasile, M. 2016. Mass Movements, In: Rădoane M, Vespremeanu-Stroe, A. (eds.) Landform Dynamics and Evolution in Romania, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32589-7_32
  • Molinari, D, Tsionis, G, Athanasopoulou, A, Bournas, D, Ciurean, R, De Gregorio, D, Leone, M, Rossetto, T, Sousa, M L, and Zuccaro, G. ‘Residential sector’, in: Casajus Valles, A, Marin Ferrer, M, Poljanšek, K, Clark, I. (eds.). Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow, EUR 30183 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-18182-8, doi:10.2760/571085, JRC114026

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