Dr Melanie Jane Duncan

Dr Melanie Jane Duncan

Volcanologist/hazards and risk

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 344

E-mail Dr Melanie Jane Duncan


My main research interest is multi-hazards in volcanic environments, with a particular emphasis on the assessment of both multiple and interacting hazards and how these processes manifest from local to global scales. I have a background in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and am well-versed in 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 also an experienced interdisciplinary researcher, meaning that I am comfortable working with and across different disciplines. I have undertaken research in the Philippines, St Vincent and Iceland.


  •  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 –2015 : 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


  •  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


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

Published outputs

  • Cadag, J. R., Driedger, C., Garcia, C., Duncan, M., Gaillard, JC, Lindsay, J. and Haynes, K. Fostering participation of local actors in volcanic disaster risk reduction. In Observing the Volcano World: Volcano Crisis Communication [Accepted]
  • Crowley, K., Fedaeff, N., Macara, G. and Duncan, M. Chapter 5: Climate and weather hazards and their drivers. In Kelman, I., Mercer, J. and Gaillard, J.C. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Routledge. [Accepted]
  • Duncan, M., Edwards, S., Kilburn, C., Twigg, J., Crowley, K. 2016. An Interrelated Hazards Approach to Anticipating Evolving Risk. Case Study F in The making of a riskier future: How our decisions are shaping future disaster risk. GFDRR. [Online] https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Riskier%20Future.pdf.
  • Mee, K. and Duncan, M. 2015. Increasing resilience to natural hazards through crowd-sourcing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 50pp. (OR/15/032)
  • Duncan, M., Crowley, E., Cornforth, R., Edwards, S., Ewbank, R., Karbassi, P., McLaren, C., Penya, J. L., Obrecht, A., Sargeant, S., and Visman, E., 2014. Integrating science into humanitarian and development planning and practice to enhance community resilience: initial guidance for non-governmental organisations: Available: http://www.ukcds.org.uk/resources/integrating-science-into-humanitarian-and-development-planning