Ben Wisner

Ben WisnerVisiting Fellow

Ben is a retired university professor who has taught, researched and published in the area of natural hazards, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance for many years.

Ben Wisner is a visiting researcher at the Aon-Benfield Hazard Research Centre, University College London ( and scientific advisor to the Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction ( He is a retired university professor of geography who taught in Tanzania, England, Switzerland and the United States. Just prior to retirement Ben served as Director of International Studies and Professor of Geography at California State University at Long Beach. He studies complexity, local knowledge and interactions among livelihoods, governance, natural environment and risk. Ben is lead author, At Risk: Natural Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Disasters, 2004 and lead editor, The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction, 2012. His other recent works include edited volumes with others: Disaster management: International Lessons in Risk Reduction, Response and Recovery (with Alejandro Lopez-Carresi, Maureen Fordham, Ilan Kelman and JC Gaillard, Earthscan, 2014; Disaster Risk Reduction: Cases from Urban Africa (with Mark Pelling, Earthscan, 2009); Toward a New Map of Africa (with Camilla Toulmin and Rutendo Chitiga, Earthscan, 2006).

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Ambiguity and Change Humanitarian NGOs Prepare for the Future

This study provides international NGOs with a rudimentary framework for strategic planning in the light of the likely challenges of ambiguity and change awaiting them during the next decade. It…

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