Dr Amy Donovan FRGS

University Lecturer, 

United Kingdom

English (native), Italian (advanced), Spanish (intermediate)
United Kingdom

Research Focus

I work on the interface between science and policy in contexts of disaster risk – mainly around active volcanoes, but also other environmental hazards. My work uses ideas from geography and science studies to understand and critique the role of science and technology in decision-making at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and ultimately how these decisions bestow power dynamics within and beyond the scientific process. I am particularly interested in cross-border contexts, where there may be imbalances of knowledge and resources between countries that navigate the same hazard events. My research involves working with scientists, governments and local populations (including marginalised groups) to identify the flows of knowledge and how that knowledge gains agency.

Research Groups

  • Geographies of Knowledge
  • Climate and Environmental Dynamics


  • Geographical imaginations and the (geo)politics of volcanic risk: cultures, knowledges, actions
  • Tomorrow's Cities; Mount Paektu Research Centre


  • University Lecturer

Global goals

Target 10.2
Target 10.4
Target 10.7
Target 13.1
Target 13.2
Target 13.3
Target 16.6
Target 16.7
Target 16.8

Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union and of IAVCEI


  • United Kingdom

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