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Geography/Environmental Sciences: The UEA Natural Hazards Series – Does It Have To Be A Disaster? Humans & Hazards With Professor Jenni Barclay From University of East Anglia

24th May 2023 @ 12:45 - 13:30

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As part of UEA’s Natural Hazards Series, we are joined by Jenni Barclay, Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environmental Sciences, who presents ‘Does It Have To Be A Disaster? Humans & Hazards’.

There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster! Or, is there?

Disasters happen when human systems are unable to respond appropriately to the challenges created by hazardous processes. We now know that these disproportionately affect those already made vulnerable by poverty, weak infrastructure, and access to resource.

This talk will use recent eruptions and earthquakes to learn some lessons about the creation of disaster risk and then consider whether geophysical disasters are always a failure of society or sometimes an inevitable consequence of an eruption or earthquake occurring.  We can then consider the most effective routes to doing better in the future.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Jenni Barclay


This session is part of UEA’s Natural Hazards Series. Please see other forthcoming events in the series by clicking below:


UEA’s Natural Hazards Series



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geography, Environmental Sciences and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Politics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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24th May 2023
12:45 - 13:30
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