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 analysing the impact of shallow geohazards on communities and the built environment, taking into account future environmental and socio-economic change. She is particularly keen on integrating different tools and techniques, from geomorphological mapping and spatial analysis to statistical and numerical modelling, for assessing vulnerability and loss to multiple hazards with an outlook towards their spatial and temporal interaction. With her work, Roxana hopes to contribute towards bridging the gap between what is known about geohazard risks and their mitigation and how research findings are translated into effective applications in Disaster Risk Reduction

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
  • Remote sensing and GIS applied in hazard risk analysis
  • DRR and sustainable development under environmental and socio-economic change
  • Knowledge management in DRR

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2019 –2021 : FRESCO Project: Research into methods to collect data on socio-economic impacts of severe weather events in India (MetOffice WCSSP IND6)
  • 2019 –2021 : PhiGO Project: Philippines Groundwater Outlook (NERC grant NE/S003118/1)
  • 2018 –2021 : METEOR Project: Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines (UK Space Agency)

ORCID: 0000000296605025


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