Dr Claire Horwell is the Director of the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (www.ivhhn.org) and is a Co-Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience at Durham University, UK, where she is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences.
She has worked on the health hazards of volcanic emissions for the past 15 years, focusing on the mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of volcanic ash which determine respiratory health hazard. In recent years, she has started working with communities on health protection from volcanic eruptions.
Dr Horwell has advised the UK Cabinet Office, World Health Organization and goverments of New Zealand, Singapore and USA (State of Hawaii) on preparing for, and coping with, inhalation of volcanic gaseous and particulate emissions.
Claire is the Principal Investigator for the HIVE Consortium.
Dr Judith Covey is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK. Her research is concerned with understanding how people perceive risks and value benefits in decisions which affect their health or safety.
Judith is responsible for overseeing the quantitative surveys for the HIVE Consortium
Dr. Claudia Merli is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Durham University, UK. She is a social and medical anthropologist, and a specialist of the Southeast Asia region, specifically Thailand. She started working on disasters during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, recording the events and the religious discourses fielded in its immediate aftermath. She applies critical perspectives in risk research and focuses on anthropological study of post-hazard social processes, especially theological discourses, contextual theodicies, and related politics. She has been consultant for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and is main contributor to the World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk.
Claudia is responsible for overseeing the qualitative interviews for the HIVE Consortium
Professor Lena Dominelli is a Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, UK. She is an experienced educator, practitioner and researcher in the fields of sociology, social policy and social work. Lena is a Co-Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience.
Lena is responsible for overseeing uptake and dissemination activities for the HIVE Consortium.
Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin is the Durham Postdoctoral Researcher for the HIVE Consortium. His background is in anthropological research related to forensic science and genetics. As well as helping Claire Horwell to manage the HIVE Consortium, Ernesto will be responsible for analysis of the qualitative interview data.
Professor Maria Aurora Armienta is based at the Institue of Geophysics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM) in Mexico City. Her expertise is in geochemistry and pollution in relation to volcanic emissions and other geological events.
Together with Prof. Ana Lillian Martin, Maria Aurora will lead the social surveys in Mexico.
Professor Ana Lillian Martín del Pozzo is based at the Institue of Geophysics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM) in Mexico City. Her expertise is in volcanology including volcanic monitoring, risks and impacts.
Together with Prof. Maria Aurora Armienta, Ana Lillian will lead the social surveys in Mexico.
Dr. Rita Fonseca. Is the UNAM Postdoctoral Researcher for the HIVE Project. Her area of expertise is the environmental effects of ash-fall. She will lead the social surveys at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico.
Dr Fentiny Nugroho is based in the Department of Social Welfare at the University of Indonesia. Her expertise is in community development in Indonesia, related to social work and policy.
Fentiny will lead the social surveys in Indonesia.
Professor Hiromasa Inoua is professor and head of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine in the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences at Kagoshima Univerisity, Japan.
Prof. Inoue will lead the clinical trial around Sakurajima.
Professor Takuya Samukawa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine in the Graduate School of Medical & Dental Sciences at Kagoshima University, Japan.
Prof. Samukawa will assist Prof Inoue in leading the clinical trial around Sakurajima.
Professor Makoto Hagino will lead the social science team. He is the previous vice-president of Kagoshima University and has much influence and contacts in the local government offices. He is an economist by background.
Professor Sueo Kuwahara is a cultural anthropologist working on island cultures (Sakurajima is still considered an island although it is now joined to the mainland by a lava flow). Prof Kuwahara will be part of the team conducting qualitative interviews.
Professor Satoru Nishimura is a specialist in agricultural economics and development economics with experience of fieldwork in areas such as the Philippines, Fiji, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Prof. Nishimura will be part of the team conducting qualitative interviews.
Professor Hidetaka Ichikawa is a specialist on information system and production management. He will be part of the team conducting the questionnaire survey.
Dr. Takeshi Baba is a specialist in statistics related to information management and marketing. He will be responsible for data analysis for the quantitative survey.
Dr. Ryoichi Ogawa did his Masters in Manchester, UK on Development studies and PhD at Kagoshima on Humanities and Social Sciences. He is the PDRA for Japan. He will be responsible for data collection for the quantitative surveys, along with assistants whom he will hire and train. He is a specialist on environmental management in developing countries with experience in projects in Cuba, Morocco, and Fiji.
Professor James Mason has recently moved to Warwick University, UK from Durham University, UK, where he was a Professor of Health Economics and head of the Durham Clinical Trials Unit.
James is responsible for overseeing the design of the Clinical Trial for the HIVE Consortium, and advising on economic aspects of mask procurement and distribution by agencies.