Carmine Galasso | PhD
Professor (Full) of Catastrophe Risk Engineering @ UCL
Visiting Professor @ UBC
University College London (UCL) | Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering | Chadwick Building GM14 | Gower St | WC1E 6BT London | UK
The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver | Civil Engineering | Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CEME) Building 2208D | 6250 Applied Science Lane | V6T 1Z4 Vancouver | Canada
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 Visiting Professor at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, Canada, during my 12-month academic sabbatical from UCL. Before joining UCL, I 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.
My research focuses on developing and applying probabilistic and statistical methods and tools for catastrophe risk modeling and disaster risk reduction. I investigate risks to building portfolios and infrastructure exposed to multiple natural hazards, including earthquakes, strong wind, and flooding, with particular emphasis on community infrastructure (schools, hospitals, heritage assets) in developing countries.
I co-lead the DE|RISC Lab: Disaster Engineering for ResIlient SoCieties Laboratory at UCL with Dr Gemma Cremen and Dr Roberto Gentile, working at the intersection of civil engineering and other disciplines to facilitate multi-hazard risk- and resilience-informed decision-making for a better tomorrow’s world. Our ultimate goal is to provide society with a sustainable, safer, and more resilient built environment.
Our research is funded by the UK Research and Innovation and its 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, among others.
We strive to create a lab that welcomes, supports, values, and includes people of diverse backgrounds, experiences & perspectives!
August 17, 2023: Carmine Galasso joined The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, as a Visiting Professor during his 12-month academic sabbatical from UCL. Carmine will be based in the Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Civil Engineering, and hosted by Prof Carlos Molina Hutt's Engineering for Seismic Resilience Laboratory (ESR Lab). Carmine has also joined the UBC's Disaster Resilience Research Network to undertake collaborative research and teaching at the intersection of hazard science, structural engineering, and social science.
August 3, 2023: Prof Brendon Bradley (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Dr Damian Grant (ARUP London) visited our research lab and gave invited talks on ‘Calibration, Validation, and Utilization of Earthquake-Induced Ground-Motion Simulations’ (Brendon) and ‘Recent ARUP projects on earthquake engineering and risk’ (Damian). DE|RISC Lab members gave lightning talks on their research during the visit.
July 25, 2023: Carmine Galasso, Roberto Gentile, Leandro Iannacone, Kenneth Otarola, Andrea Franchini, Karim Aljawhari, Carlos Mesta and Nicole Paul visited Verisk Extreme Event Solutions (formerly AIR Worldwide), London, and gave lightning talks on their research as part of a DE|RISC Lab – Verisk knowledge sharing workshop.
July 18, 2023: Prof Junho Song (Seoul National University, South Korea), Dr Ji-Eun Byun (University of Glasgow, UK), Dr Sang-ri Yi (SimCenter, University of California, Berkeley, USA), and several PhD students from Prof Song’s research group visited our research lab for a knowledge-sharing workshop between our two research groups. DE|RISC Lab members gave lightning talks on their research during the event.
July 13, 2023: Several members of the research group attended, chaired sessions, and presented their research at the 14th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP14), hosted by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, on July 9-13, 2023. Details associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
July 11, 2023: Many congratulations to Chenbo Wang and Andrea Franchini for receiving the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) Student Recognition Awards for their papers 'Leveraging Data-driven Approaches to Explore the Effect of Various Disaster Policies on Post-earthquake Household Relocation Decision-making' (by C. Wang, G. Cremen and C. Galasso) and 'Addressing the pitfalls of risk-based methods for fire safety design of structures' (by A. Franchini, C. Galasso and J. Torero) at the 14th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP14), Dublin, Ireland, July 9-13, 2023. Chenbo and Andrea received an award certificate and a trophy during a ceremonial event at the conference. Well done, Chenbo and Andrea!
July 7, 2023: Carmine Galasso gave an invited (online) talk on ‘Integrating dynamic multi-hazard vulnerability and resilience into formal people-centred and forward-looking risk assessment’ at the Technical Synergy Workshop between the C2IMPRESS, MEDiate and Paratus projects funded by the European Commission.
June 22, 2023: Carmine Galasso gave an invited (online) talk on ‘Dynamic cities, dynamic natural-hazard risk: representing urban changes in risk-informed infrastructure decision making’ at the 1st International Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Sustainable Futures Conference: Resilience to Extreme Events, Cambridge, UK, June 21-22, 2023.
June 8, 2023: Carmine Galasso gave an invited (online) talk on ‘Forward-looking catastrophe risk engineering: recent advances and perspectives’ to several engineering editors of the Nature portfolio journals.