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Dr Julia Pearce

Research Associate

Dr Julia PearceRoom K7.05

Department of War Studies

Strand Campus

London WC2R 2LS

Email:  julia.pearce@kcl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)207 848 7282

Office hours: Thursdays 11.00-13.00. Please email before 5pm the day before to book an appointment.

Biography

Since September 2009 I have been a Research Associate in the Department of War Studies. In this role I have successfully delivered two international, cross-disciplinary European Commission projects (PIRATE and CIE Toolkit), I managed the set-up of the EC PRACTICE project and I have recently completed the Resilient Futures project (funded under the EPSRC/ESRC Global Uncertainties programme). I am currently on a six month secondment with the Microbial Risk Assessment and Behavioural Science Group in the Emergency Response Department of Public Health England, working on a project addressing new health risks due to increased mobility in the context of globalisation and global warming.

My research focuses on the impact of perceived moral, cultural and health threats on behaviour. My recent work examines the impact of risk and crisis communication on risk perception and behaviours, with a particular focus on extreme events (e.g. chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorism). As a consequence of my research on the impact of risk and crisis communication on risk perception and health behaviours I have been invited to join a number of advisory boards including the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group and the Public Health England ERDG Psychosocial and Behavioural Issues Sub-group.

Current Advisory Board Memership
  • London Resilience Communicating with the Public Group: From July 2013
  • Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group: From June 2013
  • London Resilience Academic Group: From November 2012
  • Public Health England(formerly Health Protection Agency) Emergency Response Development Group’s Psychosocial and Behavioural Issues Sub-Group (ERDG PBI): From July 2012
Research Interests

My research interests include risk and crisis communication, public health behaviour, extreme events and disasters, terrorism, social and national identity, social representations and moral panic. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of perceived moral, cultural and health threats on behaviour. My recent research uses social psychological theories of risk perception and health behaviour to assess the impact of risk and crisis communication on risk perception and health behaviours, with a particular focus on extreme events (e.g. chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorism). This work uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine factors and develop/test interventions that impact public levels of knowledge and intention to perform protective health behaviours before, during and after major public health incidents.

Publications

For a list of publications please refer to the Research Portal or download the document here

Teaching

7SSWM048 - The Social Dimensions of Terrorism (module convenor)

7SSWM070 – Preventing Violent Radicalisation (module co-convenor)

7SSWM023 – Responding to Terrorism (occasional contribution)

Expertise and Public Engagement

I regularly present project findings to and participate in workshops with government, industry and third sector organisations. For example, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Defra, Scottish Government, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency), Police National CBRN centre, Deloitte and the British Red Cross. I am a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group, the London Resilience Communicating with the Public Group, the London Resilience Academic Group (including membership of the Challenge Panel for Gold Summit events) and the Public Health England ERDG Sub-group on Psychosocial and Behavioural issues.


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