Dr Faith E Taylor
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban ARK project
Department of Geography
King's College London K4.37
Natural hazard impact on infrastructure networks
Open-source, low-data, simple spatial models to communicate and reduce risk
Statistical behaviour of populations of natural hazards, particularly landslides
Cascading and interacting natural hazards
Faith is a physical geographer with interests in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial modelling, statistics and natural hazards. Faith has been at King’s since 2009, where she undertook her MSc in Environmental Modelling Monitoring and Management, and then PhD research on statistical patterns in triggered landslide event inventories and the development of a landslide road impact model. She is now a postdoctoral research associate, working on the ESRC-DfID funded project “Urban ARK” which looks at risk and vulnerability in urban Africa.
Faith’s research focuses around developing simple statistical and spatial models that can be used to visualise and understand the impact of natural hazards and applied to many locations across the world where detailed data may be unavailable or too expensive to obtain. She does this by looking at the underlying statistical behaviour of populations of natural hazards to see if this can be used as a ‘template’ for future event behaviour. Her PhD research mainly focused on investigating this type of behaviour in triggered landslide events to understand how landslides impact road networks, which contributed to the FP7 LAMPRE project. She is now expanding on this work to look at cascades of natural hazards and their impact upon a variety of infrastructures in urban Africa.
Faith is a co-founder and creative director of Intrepid Explorers, which is a platform that aims to promote the importance of field research and travel in education. She very much enjoys the education and outreach elements of her work and has been involved in several projects working to better communicate our understanding of natural hazards, GIS and geography to the public and school students.