Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard, Co-Founder
University of Durham, After Disaster Network
Lucy Easthope is the UK’s leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has been an advisor on nearly every major disaster of the past two decades, including the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, 9/11, the 7/7 bombings, the Salisbury Poisonings, Grenfell, and the war in Ukraine. She also advised the Prime Minister’s Office on the Covid-19 pandemic. She challenges others to think differently about what comes next after tragic events, and how to plan for future ones.
Lucy grew up in Liverpool and has a degree in law, a PhD in medicine and a Masters in risk, crisis, and disaster management. She is a Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.
Lucy has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of organisations including airports and airlines, government bodies, charities, universities and police services. She has also participated in the response to major incidents including aviation disasters, the Bali terrorist attacks, and the operations at Brize Norton during the military campaign in Iraq.
She has a special interest in the care and return of personal effects after disaster, writing and advising internationally on this subject. Her further research interests include the effectiveness of legislation in the field of emergency management and the human aspects of risk management, insurance, and business continuity processes.
Her book When The Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster, was a Sunday Times bestseller.