BUDMC conducts internationally recognised, innovative research, contributing fresh ideas and mission critical findings to assist policy making and professional practice in crisis and disaster management across the world. The centre has developed a thriving and vibrant research community, drawing upon its associate lecturers, PhD and post-doctoral researchers and visiting international fellows. Our research covers a wide spectrum of crisis and disaster management agendas, including:

  • Entrepreneurial resilience.

  • Innovation in disaster management.

  • African disaster management.

  • Democracy and crisis management.

  • High reliability organisations and disasters

  • Health emergency planning.

  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and disaster preparedness.

  • Crisis leadership.

  • Resettlement and community resilience.


Research in Africa

Dr Henry Bang has a long history of disaster management research in the Cameroon and together with Professor Lee Miles this activity has been expanded to include other African countries who have longstanding relationships with BUDMC including; Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. BUDMC research focuses on the need for a unique holistic approach to disaster management in Africa, taking into account the needs, challenges and opportunities faced by individual countries. The most recent research projects, since 2017, are AFRICAB and AFRIGATE.

AFRICAB is an innovative BUDMC led research project on “Single Points of Failure in African Disaster Management” a multi-year Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project in West Africa focussing on Sierra Leone and Senegal. The main aim is to understand stakeholder needs in order to diagnose contemporary issues in African disaster management frameworks using 'Single Point of Failure' methodologies.

The predecessor to AFRICAB, AFRIGATE, facilitated disaster management research that involved the full participation and support of the emergency/disaster management agencies in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. The primary aim was to unlock the 'gateways' to building resilience and promoting innovation in disaster management in West Africa. This was a successful project that culminated in the delivery of executive briefings of research findings to officials from the disaster management agencies of the participating countries.

These two projects aimed to improve welfare and build resilience in African countries by enhancing resilience and reducing disruption that complicates economic, social and cultural recovery when disasters do occur. Furthermore, the projects seek to assimilate, accommodate, reduce and overcome resistance factors in order to enhance the governance of disaster risks and enable disaster management frameworks to function more efficiently.

To find out more about BUDMC's research in Africa please contact Dr Henry Bang


Research in the Caribbean

BUDMC has been conducting innovative research across the Caribbean for a number of years in both UK overseas territories and independent nations. This research has examined 'Single Points of Failure' in crisis and disaster management planning, preparedness, response and recovery.

Caribbean Islands are uniquely vulnerable to natural hazards particularly hurricanes and sea surge. Being isolated from wider support networks from the US and Europe during such incidents means the islands need robust disaster management plans and systems in place to withstand and respond to incidents in the region, particularly in the immediate aftermath.

Having worked with the UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office (FCDO), UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the World Bank on projects to build resilience and improve disaster management in the region BUDMC has excellent links to in country staff and organisations to facilitate research.

Professor Lee Miles and the team worked in the British Virgin Islands pre and post Hurricane Irma to establish a data set around 'Single Points of Failure' in crisis and disaster response. Dr Henry Bang published an article analysing the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season available via Open Access. Across 2018 and 2019 further research was conducted in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to identify 'Single Points of Failure' and extrapolate and analyse trends across the Caribbean. In early 2020 the BUDMC team conducted research in five Caribbean countries establishing a highly contemporary data set as considerations for the 2020 hurricane season began in the context of a Covid-19  environment. 

To find out more about BUDMC's research in the Caribbean please contact Professor Lee Miles


Our PhD Students

Meet the students currently completing their PhD's with BUDMC

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James Stride

PhD Title: The Cultural Challenges of Disaster: Creating a High Reliability Organisation in a large, complex, multi-national, multi-cultural organisation.

James is undertaking a research PhD with BUDMC investigating the concept of High Reliability Organisations (HRO) in a complex, multicultural, multinational environment. His research focus is on understanding cultural factors and their impact on information exchange in an HRO such as a large complex ship. The research will have wider applicability for other complex operations which are reliant on multinational teams.


Yue Zhang

PhD Title: Evaluating Hotel Resilience: Understanding Effective Disaster Management of Hotels in China.

Yue’s PhD research aims to evaluate hotel resilience from a human factor perspective by exploring the complex relationship between entrepreneurial resilience of hotels agents and hotels human resource management in China. More importantly, it will develop understanding of how human factors in hotel resilience can be better achieved in order to effectively enhance hotel disaster management in China.

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Huda Al Maashari

PhD Title: Building Private Health Sector Resilience in Oman: An Evaluation of Effective Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Health Emergency Management. 

Huda's research focuses on proposing recommendations for building a PPP framework for a systematic, organized and regulated partnership with the private sector in the medical and public health disaster management field using Oman as a case study. While the study focuses on the Oman case, it may help other similar healthcare systems to adopt its recommendations as per their situation.

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Suzanne Gosling

PhD Title: Talking reform, but not doing reform? Investigating the international humanitarian dynamics of humanitarian reform in the health sector of humanitarian assistance.

Suzanne has developed an interest in the impact humanitarian aid has on countries and beneficiaries. The aim of this study is to critically evaluate whether institution dynamics have created a path dependency that itself has unintentionally become an issue to reform, and whether the system needs a substantial reform of their humanitarian resources, to ensure it is effective for those the response was intended to serve.

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Peter Dawes

PhD Title: The role of public policy in drowning prevention.

As a former lifeguard and rescue helicopter crew Peter has had a life long interest in water safety with a career working within lifesaving organisations in Australia and the UK, including Surf Life Saving Queensland and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The aim of the research is to investigate the conceptual and practical parameters of establishing an effective, comprehensive and coordinated public policy framework for drowning prevention in the UK in order to improve the understanding of how public policy can drive action that can enhance the implementation of drowning prevention strategies. 


Lubna Al Ibrahim

PhD Title: Investigating Disaster Risk Reduction in the Public Sector in the Sultanate of Oman: Exploring new approaches to risk assessment to enhance the Omani public health resilience. 

Lubna is a Doctor of Medicine with a background in primary healthcare. She currently works in the Ministry of Health Oman, as the focal point between the Ministry and the World Health Organisation. Having completed her MSc in Disaster Management in 2019 she is now working towards her PhD. 


Grace Kingsbury

PhD Title: The Scandinavian Resilience Incongruity: Can Societal Safety and Widespread Resilience Co-Exist in Times of Crisis?

Grace’s research interests are impacted by the notion of commonly accepted notions and paradigms being contrary to what was assumed. Grace hopes to develop an alternative to the current understanding of the relationship between safety and resilience, and apply it to the way in which disasters and crises are handled in Scandinavia, and other so-called ‘safe’ regions.

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Elecia Bethune

PhD Title: Real Time Resilience: A smart approach to Tourism Destination Resilience.

Elecia has a keen interest in matters of governance and has an interest in the strategic management of government, approaching solutions through the lens of innovation. It is this thinking that has guided her research interest. Her specific focus is on connecting the disparate areas of organisational resilience, smartness and real time. While her current focus is Tourism, it is her aim that this framework will become a benchmark and will advance and position resilience thinking as part of strategic management across industries.

If you want to discuss an idea for your PhD please do reach out to a member of the BUDMC Team.
To find out more about completing your PhD at Bournemouth University please see the Postgraduate Research page.