Carmine Galasso | PhD
  • Professor (Full) of Catastrophe Risk Engineering, Postgraduate Team Leader & Affiliate/Study Abroad Tutor @ UCL

  • Associate Professor of Structural Engineering @ IUSS Pavia

​​University College London (UCL) | Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering | Chadwick Building GM14 | Gower St | WC1E 6BT London | UK

Scuola Universitaria Superiore (IUSS) Pavia | Centro di Formazione e Ricerca per la Mitigazione del Rischio Sismico (ROSE) | Palazzo del Broletto | Piazza della Vittoria 15 | 27100 Pavia | Italy

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Welcome to the website for Carmine Galasso's research group!


I am a Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering in the University College London (UCL)'s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), UK, and a part-time Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the Scuola Universitaria Superiore (IUSS) Pavia, Italy, in the Centro di Formazione e Ricerca per la Mitigazione del Rischio Sismico (ROSE). Prior to joining UCL, I have worked as a Catastrophe Risk Modeler at Applied Insurance Research (AIR) Worldwide, San Francisco, USA; and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Performance-based Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, at the University of California, Irvine, USA. I earned my PhD in Earthquake Risk at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy, in January 2011.

Our research focuses on the development and application of probabilistic and statistical methods and tools for catastrophe risk modeling and disaster risk reduction. We investigate risks to building portfolios and infrastructure exposed to multiple natural hazards, including earthquakes, strong wind, and flooding, with special emphasis on developing countries. Our ultimate goal is to provide society with a sustainable, safer, and more resilient built environment.


​​Our research is funded by the UK Research Councils, the European Commission, the British Council, the Chinese International Centre for Collaborative Research on Disaster Risk Reduction (ICCR-DRR), the China Scholarship Council (CSC), the (Mexican) Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), the World Bank and its  Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Motorola Solution Foundation, and the Willis Research Network.


​We strive to create a lab that welcomes, supports, values, and includes people of diverse backgrounds, experiences & perspectives!

Much of our group's research falls under EPICentre, a UCL research center focused on dynamic multidisciplinary research to improve the resilience of the society, the built environment and communities to natural hazards. We also collaborate very closely with the UCL's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR).

Research Group at ICASP12, Seoul
Research Group at ICASP12, Seoul

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Research Group, April 2021
Research Group, April 2021

Welcome Eyitayo Opabola (Tayo)!

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Matthias Fuentes
Matthias Fuentes

2019 EPICentre Best Poster for his MSc Research Project

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Research Group at ICASP12, Seoul
Research Group at ICASP12, Seoul

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  • 6 July 2021: Carmine Galasso has been promoted to (Full) Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering at UCL, with effect from October 1, 2021. The list of UCL senior academic, research and teaching fellow promotions is available here – congratulations to all who have been promoted this year! 

  • 15 June 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an invited talk on 'A Multi-Level Framework for Region-Specific Engineering Validation of Simulated Ground Motions' at the 2021 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) International Pacific Rim Forum on 'Regional Scale Simulations of Earthquake Ground Motions and Infrastructure Response for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering'. The forum was held online on June 16-17, 2021.

  • 1 June 2021: Congratulations to Gemma Cremen for being promoted to Senior Research Fellow in Multi-Hazard Risk at UCL!

  • 21 May 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an online keynote talk on 'New Technologies and Digital Tools for Assessing Multi-Hazard Risk of Community Assets' at the 2021 Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) International Convention 'Structural Engineering: Getting Smarter to New and Future Challenges', Manila, Philippines, May 20-22, 2021.

  • 16 March 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) and its High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to support the first high-resolution Climate Risk Atlas (CRA) for India through regional downscaling. The CEEW HLAG will support the CRA and help mainstream climate risk assessment into policies, actions, and instructive modules for stakeholders.

  • 7 January 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering.

  • 10 December 2020: Congratulations to Omar Velazquez for passing his final PhD viva today. Omar's PhD dissertation is titled ‘Investigating the cross-disciplinary components of Earthquake Early Warning Systems’. The examiners were Prof Keith Jones from Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Katerina Stavrianaki from UCL’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR). Omar has now joined the Kaplan International College in London as an Engineering and Mathematics Tutor. Well done and all the very best Omar!

  • 3 December 2020: Many congratulations to Gemma Cremen, for being awarded, as the PI, a UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds grant for the project ‘Developing next-generation earthquake and tsunami early warning systems for the enhancement of disaster resilience in urban societies’. Looking forward to the activities of the project in collaboration with the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University and to synergies with our TURNkey project ! Well done Gemma!

  • 1 December 2020: Carmine Galasso gave a short talk in the session ‘Efficient risk data sharing: A dedicated disaster risk data library’ as part of the (virtual) Understanding Risk Global Forum 2020. The Understanding Risk Global Forum is a biennial conference organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank. Carmine introduced the £20M GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project, presenting the vision for the Tomorrow’s Cities decision support environment (DSE) to disaster risk reduction in planned urban transformation or expansion.

  • 27 November 2020: Congratulations to Chen Huang for passing her final PhD viva today. Chen's PhD dissertation is titled ‘Advancing ground-motion modelling methodologies for improved seismic hazard assessment’. The examiners were Dr John Douglas from Strathclyde University and Dr Flavia De Luca from the University of Bristol. Chen will soon join the Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR, as a researcher. Well done and all the very best Chen!

  • 1 August 2020: Carmine Galasso has been appointed as the Lead of the Risk Research College within the £19.6 million GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project. The Hub is developing new directions in understanding, quantifying, modeling, and communicating disaster risk, a central thread around which much of the Hub's activities will revolve over the next five years. On August 13, Carmine Galasso will give a webinar on 'Risk-based Urban Design and Planning in Tomorrow's Cities' to promote the activities of the Risk Research College, introducing its vision, mission, and members.

  • 1 June 2020: Gemma Cremen, Carmine Galasso, and Pierre Gehl (BRGM, France) are organizing the mini-symposium “MS35 Advancing Statistical Tools for Time-Dependent Seismic Risk and Resilience Assessment: Perspectives and Challenges” at the 13th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR2021) to be held on June 21-25, 2021 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Abstracts are welcome by June 30, 2020!

  • 20 February 2020: Carmine Galasso has joined the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction as an Editor and that of Frontiers in Earth Science/Geohazards and Georisks as an Associate Editor.


Catastrophe Risk Modeling for Natural Hazards

Performance-based Earthquake Engineering

Ground-motion Simulation and Selection

Uncertainty Modeling and Structural Reliability

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