Associate Professor Burçak Başbuğ Erkan

Academic Partnership Director of ICPEM - METU Faculty Member / Ankara City Council Disaster Management Working Group Spokesperson and Disaster Management Specialist

I am an Associate Professor of Statistics at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. I was the Course Director MSc Disaster Management and Resilience, Coventry University between August 2019 and August 2020. Before joining Coventry University back in 2018, I was the Director of the METU Disaster Management Centre between 2008 and 2018. I received my Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in the UK as of October 2019. I work as the Academic Partnerships Director of the ICPEM (Institute of Emergency Management and Civil Protection), November 2019 to date. I am the lead of the disaster risk management working group of the Ankara City Council. I work as the Special Advisor to the former Turkish PM Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu in all disaster, crisis and emergency management related policies. I am a member of the CODATA International Data Policy Committee (IDPC).

I have 24 years of international work in teaching, consulting and training in disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management with expertise on policy development in disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, resilience, accountability, financial management strategies for disaster losses, the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, catastrophe insurance, disaster risk management education. I have been in the field for Syrian Refugee Camps 2015, 2011 Van Earthquakes, May 2014 Soma Mine Fire, 2020 Giresun Flood, 2020 Izmir Earthquake.