Prof. Ian Robert Davis
Visiting Professor, Kyoto, Lund and Oxford Brookes UniversitiesHonorary Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Europe
Adjunct Professor & Advisor to Amrita School of Sustainable Development and UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala, India
Prof. Ian Davis, an architect, artist, writer, and academic, has worked continually in Disaster Risk and Recovery Management since 1972. He wrote the first book on Disaster Shelter and was the lead consultant in the first set of UN Guidelines on Shelter following Disaster. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books on disaster-related topics. In 1996 he was awarded the UN Sasakawa Award for his ‘contribution to International Disaster Prevention’ Currently Ian is Visiting Professor at Universities in India, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and the UK.
Prof. Ian Davis served as the Principal Lecturer at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1971 to 1989. He also taught Urban Planning, Shelter and Settlement, and Landscape Painting from 2002 to 2013 in the Byron Fellowship Summer Schools held in Indiana and North Carolina, USA. He became the first Professor in the Disaster Preparedness Centre of Cranfield University from 1998 to 2006. From 2003 to 2021 Prof. Ian Davis taught Ph.D. and Masters Courses in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Coventry, Kyoto, Lund, Oxford Brookes, and the University of Westminster.
Since 1972 Prof. Ian’s primary academic work has been in Disaster Risk and Recovery Management, as an academic, author, researcher, consultant, NGO Board member, and advisor to Governments and UN Agencies. He wrote the first Ph.D. on Disaster Shelter at University College London (UCL) from 1972 to 1985. He wrote the first book on ‘Shelters after Disaster’ (1978), coordinated the first UN Guidelines on ‘Shelter After Disaster’ (1982), and edited the Second Edition (2016) for the IFRC. He co-authored ‘At Risk, PeoplesVulnerability to Disasters (1994) and Second Edition (2004) In 2015 he co-authored ‘Recovery from Disaster’. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 16 books and over 90 articles on disaster/development-related fields
In 1996 he became the first UK citizen to receive the UN Sasakawa Award for his ‘International Contribution to Disaster Prevention’ In 2004-5 he was part of the working group convened by the British Government’s Chief Scientific Officer to advise Prime Minister Tony Blair as he hosted the 2007 G7 Summit Meeting. From 2009 to 2012 he was part of the international working group on the Independent Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) integrating Disaster Risk Reduction with Adaptation to Climate Change Ian’s career path is summarised in the following publication: ‘The Contribution of Ian Davis to Disaster Risk Management 1972-2021 (Second Edition) January 2022 Experience Learning Series 78 All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).
Dr. Ian has also been the Board Member of 5 NGOs: Tearfund, INTRAC, The Safe Trust, and The Davis Trust, and in 1979 became a founder Trustee of Traidcraft, one of the UK’s first Fairtrade Organisations.
His primary areas of interest include post-disaster shelter, recovery planning, disaster risk reduction, adaptation to climate change, low-cost housing, development planning, architecture, sensory architecture, travel, classical music, and painting in watercolour to name a few. In 2020 he published ‘Experiencing Oxford’ which he wrote and illustrated with watercolours.