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Dr Mark Pelling

Professor Mark Pelling

Mark PellingProfessor

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7848 2462 

Department of Geography 
King's College London 
K4U.07 King's Building 
Strand Campus 
WC2R 2LS    

Research Interests

  • disaster risk reduction
  • adaptation to climate change
  • urban political ecology


Mark is Professor of Geography. Before this he was based at the Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK and the University of Guyana. His research interests are in the institutions and social relationships that shape vulnerability and adaptation to natural disasters, including those associated with climate change, and in the ways in which conflicting values and practices of development inform resilience and transformation in the face of environmental change.

Mark has served as a coordinating author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) and its Fifth Assessment Report. He also sits on the Scientific Steering Committees for the IGBP-IHDP core project Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) and the ICSU core project Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). 

BSc (Hull), MSc (Heriot-Watt), PhD (Liverpool)

Mark convenes an MA in Disasters Adaptation and Development which includes the student managed blog Masters of Disaster.

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