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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Jun 23, 2020

What's it like to help a community recover from an earthquake? Why join disaster management as a career? What kind of person is needed to save lives and property? Find out these answers and more in this episode, a wonderful interview with Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan, Coventry University, UK. And be sure to check out the Study Guide for the program! Click on the top left where it says "Pdf" above the date!

Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan's Bio

Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan is Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) at the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, at Coventry University, United Kingdom (UK). She is a Lecturer and also the Course Director for the Master of Science in Disaster Management and Resilience at Coventry University, as well as an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). Her other current positions include Editorial Board member of the journal ‘Disasters’, a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Hub project team member with responsibility in Istanbul city, Turkey, Academic Director of the Institute for Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), etc. Her past experience in these fields reaches back to 2005.

She has a Ph.D Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, United Kingdom (2007), A Master of Science in Statistics, University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (1999). Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan has expertise on policy development in disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, resilience, accountability, financial management strategies for disaster losses, catastrophe insurance, DRR/DRM education, risk management, and risk analysis.

She has been the director of the Turkish Disaster Data Bank project for AFAD (Turkey), as well as the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool. She has 20 years of national and international work in teaching, consulting and training in Disaster Risk Reduction / Disaster Risk Management. Dr. Burcak Basbug Erkan has extensive working experience in developing multi-hazard countries and also field experience such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the 2011 Van Earthquakes, and the May 2014 Soma Mine Fire in Turkey. She has published many journal publications and books, worked on numerous projects and received many awards.