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Irasema Alcántara-AyalaCountry of origin: Mexico Currently in: Mexico, Mexico City General field of specialization: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Degrees1997 Doctorate Social and Economic Sciences
Current Research Activities
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Forensic Investigations of Disasters
Publications resulting from Research:
Alcántara-Ayala, I. (2002) Geomorphology, natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of natural disasters in developing countries, Geomorphology 47, 107-124.
Alcántara-Ayala, I. and Goudie, A. (Editors) (2010) Geomorphological and Disaster Prevention, Cambridge University Press, Great Britain, 291 pp.
Cutter, S.L., Ismail-Zadeh, A., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Altan, O., Baker, D.N., Briceño, S., Gupta, H., Holloway, A., Johnston, D., McBean, G.A., Ogawa, Y., Paton, D., Porio, E., Silbereisen, R.K., Takeuchi, K., Valsecchi, G.B., Vogel, C., Wu, G. (2015), Global risks: Pool knowledge to stem losses from disasters, Nature 522 (7556): 277-9; June 2015.
Alcántara-Ayala, I., Altan, O., Baker, D., Briceño, S., Cutter, S., Gupta, H., Holloway, A., Ismail-Zadeh, A., Jiménez Díaz, V., Johnston, D., McBean, G., Ogawa, Y., Paton, D., Porio, E., Silbereisen, R., Takeuchi, K., Valsecchi, G., Vogel, C., Wu, G. and Zhai, P. (2015). Disaster Risks Research and Assessment to Promote Risk Reduction and Management, In: Ismail-Zadeh, A. and Cutter, S. (editors), ICSU-ISSC Ad Hoc Group on Disaster Risk Assessment, Paris: ICSU, March 12, 2015,
Alcántara-Ayala I., Moreno, A.R. (2016) Landslide risk perception and communication for Disaster Risk Management in mountain areas of developing countries: a Mexican foretaste, Journal of Mountain Science, 13, 12, 2079–2093.
Oliver-Smith A., Alcántara-Ayala I., Burton I., Lavell A. (2016) Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN): a conceptual framework and guide to research (IRDR FORIN Publication No. 2). Beijing: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, ICSU, 56 pp.
Oliver-Smith A., Alcántara-Ayala I., Burton I., Lavell A. (2017) The social construction of disaster risk: seeking root causes, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 22, 469–474.
Collins A., Tatano H., James W., Wannous C., Takara K., Murray V., Scawthorn C., Mori J., Aziz S., Mosalam K.M., Hochrainer-Stigler S., Alcántara-Ayala I., Krausmann E., Li W.S., Cruz A.M., Samaddar S., De-Groeve T., Imamura F., Ono Y., Berryman K., Suzuki K., Parry M.A., McGowran P., Rees J.G. (2017) The 3rd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Expanding the Platform for Bridging Science and Policy Making, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 8, 2, 224-230.
Donovan, A., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Eiser, J.R., Sparks, S., Risk perception at a persistently active volcano: Warnings and trust at Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico, 2012-2014, (2018) Journal of Vulcanology, 80(5).
Satake, K., McLean, C., Alcántara-Ayala, I. (2018), Understanding Disaster Risk: The Role of Science and Technology, Journal of Disaster Research, 13, 7, 1168-1176.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchTeachingIntegrated Research on Disaster Risk
AffiliationsMexican Academy of Sciences (AMC)The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)International Geographical Union (IGU)International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)International Science Council (ISC)-Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme (IRDR)Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management – CIGIDEN, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.International Science Council (ISC)-Regional Office for Latin-America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), UNESCO
Other AwardsOct 1993Gabino Barreda Medal, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 1st Degree, geographyApr 20053rd Evelyn Pruitt Lecturer, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, USAOct 20092009, TWAS Young Affiliate Fellow, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing WorldOct 20112011, TWAS-ROLAC Prize for Young Scientists, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing WorldOct 2012Mexican Academy of Sciences Prize for Young Scientists 2012Apr 20162016, Sergei Soloviev Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU)Jun 2016Professional Merit Scroll "José Antonio Alzate", awarded by the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics of the State of Mexico, MexicoFeb 20182018, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz recognition, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)