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Luca Leone
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CAR’s experience and know-how in risk studies is increasingly in demand at the highest levels of national governments and international organisations involved in civil protection and disaster mitigation. In particular, Professor Robin Spence, director of the CAR Risk Group, has provided advice to several bodies that has been influential in guiding public policy.

In 2004 he was invited to take part in a series of meetings organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which led to the formulation of an OECD Recommendation binding member states to a programme of assessing and strengthening schools in earthquake-prone areas.

In his capacity as President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE), in 2005 he produced a report for the European Commission entitled Earthquake Risk Mitigation in Europe. This document was presented at a seminar at the European Parliament, and was influential in the formulation of the Commission’s Framework 7 Research programme (2008-13), which allocated substantial funding to research into risk mitigation. The report also influenced the Eurocode for earthquake-prone regions and the EU regional development programme.

Between 2009 and 2011, Professor Spence and Dr. Emily So were active in developing the risk strategy for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). Professor Spence was a Member of the GEM Scientific Board and was convenor of the GEM Foundation’s Risk Working Group, with responsibility for formulating the research programmes funded by GEM. Dr. So has been on the Scientific Advisory Board for GEM since 2016.

In the UK Professor Spence has been advising the government’s UK Foresight Programme, which aims to make better use of science in the development of government policy for disaster management in developing countries. He has also worked for the European Commission and the Italian Government as evaluator of proposals for publicly-funded research programmes.

Other policy-related studies include work carried out by Dr. So for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). She has also served on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies for the UK government since 2015 and is part of the group that provides advice to the UK’s COBR on emergency response. She has been working together with the China Earthquake Administration on developing earthquake scenario modelling in China.


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