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!

Research Group, October 2021
Research Group, October 2021

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Biao Song's PhD final exam, December 2021
Biao Song's PhD final exam, December 2021

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Matthias Fuentes
Matthias Fuentes

2019 EPICentre Best Poster for his MSc Research Project

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Research Group, October 2021
Research Group, October 2021

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  • 20 March 2022: Carmine Galasso, Aldo Zollo (Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy), John Clinton (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and Alberto Michelini (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, Italy) are organizing the session 'S09 - From earthquake early warning to rapid response: integrating state-of-the-art from real-time seismology and earthquake engineering' at the Third European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (3ECEES) to be held on September 4-9, 2022, in Bucharest, Romania. Contributions are welcome by March 30, 2022!

  • 10 March 2022: The paper 'Investigating the potential effectiveness of earthquake early warning across Europe' by Gemma Cremen, Carmine Galasso and Elisa Zuccolo (Centro Europeo di Formazione e Ricerca in Ingegneria Sismica, EUCENTRE, Italy), has been featured on the Editors’ Highlights page of Nature Communications, Section “Earth Science”.  The Editors’ Highlights pages aim to showcase the 50 best papers recently published in an area. The UCL press release on the paper can be found here.

  • 4 March 2022: Carmine Galasso participated as a panellist at the webinar 'Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction in the East African Rift: Challenges, Methods and Policies' at the University of Bristol, UK.

  • 1 March 2022: The seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) from 23 to 28 May 2022, in Bali, Indonesia, hosted by the Government of Indonesia. Our applications for a GP2022 Innovation Platform booth and a GP2022 side event were both successful! The Tomorrow’s Cities Decision Support Environment will be showcased in an online booth, and we will also host a panel on "Breaking the systemic risk impasse with urban multi-hazard risk policy transitions" with a number of stakeholders aiming at a global conversation with a global audience on strengthening disaster risk governance to address systemic risk in Tomorrow’s Cities. Stay tuned for more updates and see you online and in Bali in May 2022!

  • 24-25 March 2022: Carmine Galasso participated as a member of the External Scientific Advisory Committee at the RISCOday'2022 organized by the Research Centre for Risks and Sustainability in Construction (RISCO) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

  • 4 February 2022: Carmine Galasso gave an online invited talk on 'Modelling and Quantifying Tomorrow’s Risks from Natural Hazards' at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Seminar Series Winter 2022.

  • 10 December 2021: Congratulations to Biao Song for passing his final PhD viva today. Biao's PhD dissertation is titled ‘Advancing Performance-Based Design and Assessment of Exposed Column Base Plates and Welded Column Splices in Steel Moment Resisting Frames’ in collaboration with Prof Amit Kanvinde at the University of California, Davis, USA. The examiners were Dr Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype from Imperial College and Dr Raffaele De Risi from the University of Bristol. Well done and all the very best Biao!

  • 8 December 2021: Carmine Galasso joined the Management Committee of Seismica as the Executive Editor - Operations. Seismica is a new community-led diamond open access journal to rupture through the barriers to free and open publishing of research. Learn more about the Seismica initiative here.

  • 23 November 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an online invited talk on 'Modelling and Quantifying Tomorrow’s Risks from Natural Hazards' at ARUP.

  • 15 November 2021: Our research group hosted a joint UCL - Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) workshop on 'Climate-proofing Infrastructure: Preparing for Climate Emergencies' in London. Carmine Galasso chaired the workshop and Gemma Cremen gave a talk on 'Climate change adaptation through multi-hazard risk-sensitive urbanization'. The workshop resulted in a formal partnership agreement between UCL and CEEW to promote future joint research and learning activities.

  • 8 November 2021: Carmine Galasso, Gemma Cremen, Roberto Gentile, and John McCloskey (University of Edinburgh) attended the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, to represent UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), introduce the £19.6M UKRI-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project, and launch a short video on the project, see below!



Catastrophe Risk Modeling for Natural Hazards

Performance-based Earthquake Engineering

Ground-motion Simulation and Selection

Uncertainty Modeling and Structural Reliability

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