Making science work for development

Julie Calkins

Research and Policy Consultant
t:  +44 (0)207 611 8349

Julie works with UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to enhance the role of science in disaster risk reduction, both within the UK and globally. 

Julie is a research exchange fellow on secondment from the University of Leeds, currently lending her DRR expertise to UKCDS' work on disasters. In her role at UKCDS she consults with multiple stakeholders (government, research, private sector and non-government organisations) in the UK and internationally in seeking to develop a strong shared position on the role science should play in future DRR and resilience activities. She supports DRR experts working to ensure that these priorities are consistently documented in the draft UN framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (aka HFA2).

Previous to joining UKCDS, Julie held a NERC-funded exchange fellowship as an environmental health scientist on the Extreme Events and International Health Strategy Teams at Public Health England, and prior to that a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Leeds, researching geochemistry and health. Julie received a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Geochemistry in the US, before moving across the Atlantic in 2008 to undertake her PhD in Environmental Science and Management from the University of York. Prior to her doctoral research, Julie worked in the US for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on ocean remote-sensing and health impacts surveillance, as well as the US Geological Survey, the British Antarctic Survey and the US Antarctic Program.