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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

May 27, 2020

This episode highlights Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), specifically tornadoes and communicating disaster risk to communities. Multi-Hazards host Vin Nelsen interviews Dr. Justin Sharpe, Research Scientist and Social Science Coordinator for the VORTEX-SE project and member of the Behavioural Insights Unit at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), a research organisation of both the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

Join us at Multi-Hazards as we explore how communities can better prepare for extreme weather events such as tornadoes.

Also, be sure to check out the Study Guide for the program!  Click on the top left where it says "Pdf" above the date!

Dr. Justin Sharpe's Bio

Dr. Justin Sharpe is currently researching tornado epidemiology, risks and vulnerability to inform wider research parameters. At the heart of this research, grounded theory, action research and co-production of knowledge and learning focus to allow community participation in identifying and closing value action gaps in protective actions when tornadoes occur.

His education includes a PhD in Geography, King’s College London, 2018, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Geography from the Institute of Education, 2003, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Studies from the University of Sunderland, 1994.

In his career, Dr. Sharpe has been a Post-Doctoral Researcher, at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in London, Brussels, Rome from 2018 to 2019. He was a Lecturer of Geography in Environmental Management and Climate Change, at London Southbank University, London UK from 2018 to 2019, a Graduate Teaching Assistant, King’s College London from 2014 to 2019, and a Graduate Research Assistant, King’s College London in 2015.

His website is called It covers Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education and can assist instructors in educating their students to prepare for disasters and become resilient, that is, to be tougher in the face of disasters and more capable of "bouncing back".