Melanie Duncan

Dr Melanie Duncan

Volcanologist, hazards and risk
BGS Edinburgh


My main research interest is multi-hazards, specifically the characterisation of multiple, interacting and cascading hazards and how these processes manifest from local to global scales. I have a background in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the links between DRR, sustainable development and climate change adaptation, having worked closely with an international humanitarian and development NGO during my doctoral research. I am an experienced interdisciplinary researcher, working with and across different disciplines, and regularly apply social science methods. I work within a number of collaborations at the UK, European and international scales, including the Global Volcano Model network. I have overseas research experience in Iceland, the Caribbean and Philippines

Melanie Duncan’s Biography

  • 2015 – ongoing : BGS volcanologist, hazards and risk
  • 2013 –2015 : Part-time Consultant: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change: UNISDR, World Bank and Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
  • 2010 –2011 : Part-time Research Assistant (‘Volcanoscope’), University College London, London
  • 2009 –2014 : EngD, University College London: multi-hazard assessments
  • 2008 –2009 : Flood Incident Management, Environment Agency for England and Wales
  • 2006 –2007 : MSc Geophysical Hazards, University College London
  • 2001 –2005 : BSc Hons (First Class) Physical Geography, University of St Andrews

Research interests

  • Multiple and interrelated hazards in volcanic environments
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Global reporting of volcanic activity and impact
  • Citizen science




  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Multi-hazard science
  • Qualitative social science research methods
  • Science writing and communication


  • 2005 : Edwards Prize for distinction in the pursuit and presentation of fieldwork (awarded to honours students), University of St Andrews
  • 2002 : Geoscience fieldwork prize (geological mapping in Ullapool), University of St Andrews

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