Dr Carina Fearnley

Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies, 

United Kingdom

PhDs supervised to completion

Research Focus

Dr. Carina Fearnley is UCL Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies in the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, and an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Hazard Centre

Carina is an interdisciplinary academic focusing on two distinct areas of research. First, drawing on relevant expertise in the social sciences to enable concepts of scientific uncertainty, risk, and complexity to be re-framed and communicated within the context of Disaster Risk Reduction and provide practical insights into how, early warning systems specifically, can be made more effective. Second, the transdisciplinary potential of art and science collaborations around environmental hazards, and the role of geopolitics in the production of risk. She is a strong believer that interdisciplinary work can provide enormous benefit to problems that society faces today that traditional disciplines cannot address alone by bringing together the wealth of knowledge and techniques of different disciplines so that a better understanding of the problems can be developed, and consequently effective solutions found.

Keen to engage with the public, Carina has been on worldwide, national, and local radio (largely BBC) and TV during numerous volcanic and tsunami crises, invited expert with the Nature Live Team at the Natural History Museum, and been involved in Science Showoff, Soapbox Science, Pint of Science, Athena SWAN initiatives, and Muso-IMPROPERA. In addition Carina has worked on an Art collaborations “The Other Volcano” with Nelly


  • Orkney: Besides the Ocean of Time
  • The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island
  • Volcanic Warning and Response Systems: an Evaluation of the UK Ash Alert during the Eyjafjallajökull Eruption, 14-20 April 2010


  • Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies

Global goals

Target 3.D
Target 11.5
Target 11.B
Target 13.1
Target 13.2
Target 13.3

Professional Organisations

  • Member of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)


  • United Kingdom

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