James Lewis

Near Kalapara at the mouth of the Rabnabad River, on the Bay of Bengal near the Sundarbans and across to Orissa.

James Lewis

  • Co-founder, with Dr Michael Gane, of the Disaster Research Unit, University of Bradford (1973-77).     http://www.ilankelman.org/bdru.html 
  • Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath (1977-80) and subsequently Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.
  • Datum International established in1980 for the undertaking of overseas consultancies with the United Nations organisations and agencies (UNCTAD, UNEP, UNESCO, UN Habitat & WHO), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, and the European Commission (see Overseas Assignments below).
  • Author of “Development in Disaster-prone Places: Studies of Vulnerability” (1999: IT / Practical Action, London).
  • Author of numerous chapters and papers on vulnerability to natural hazards, corruption, island vulnerability, climate change, and their interconnections with socio-economic capacity and development.
  • Commissioned author to Transparency International Berlin for contributions to Global Corruption Reports of 2005, Corruption in Construction, and 2011, Corruption and Climate Change.
  • Trained and practiced as an architect; Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA): International management and inspection, applications and implications of construction, destruction and reconstruction in Algeria, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, China (Hong Kong), the South Pacific, the United Kingdom and the USA.


Publications (see also full listing)

Also see publications on ResearchGate website.

The University of Bradford Disaster Research Unit 1973–1977 2008

EC 6th Framework MICRODIS project: Closing the Gaps.
European Symposium on Integration Strategies for Extreme Events,
University of Northumbria. September

Half a century of mono-, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinarity: A personal perspective


How to be critical yet useful – and to be asked to do it again: a consultant’s dilemma
UK Evaluation Society Conference London


Overseas assignments:
Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent
South & North Pacific
Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomons, Tonga (multiple), Tuvalu (multiple)
Indian Ocean
Maldive Islands, Sri Lanka

Algeria, Egypt, Kenya (multiple), South Africa (2010)
South Asia
Bangladesh (multiple), China (Hong Kong: long-term)
France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom
South America


(long-term and multiple)