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Dr. Burcak Basbug Erkan

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Burcak is currently the Director of the MSc in Disaster Management and Resilience, a Research Associate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at the University of Coventry. She is a former Director of the Disaster Management Centre at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

She has 20 years’ experience on policies in disaster risk reduction, development, adaptation, education in refugee crisis, disaster risk management, resilience, financial management strategies for disaster losses, catastrophe insurance, and disaster risk management training. She has a large professional network of people in public and private organizations, Non-Government Organisations, academic and technical institutions, and practitioner and government agencies related to the field of civil protection and emergency management, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, and policy development. Her field experience includes involvement in the Syrian Refugee Crisis, 2011 Van Earthquakes, and the Soma Mine Disaster in May 2014, in which 301 people died.

She holds a Masters’ degree from the University of Warwick and a Doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Member of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and a Senior Higher Education Fellow at Advance HE, previously the Higher Education Academy.