Bijan Khazai (CEDIM/KIT)
Dr. Bijan Khazai is a research scientist at Karlsruhe University's Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM).He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked on developing GIS-based landslide hazard assessment models in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before moving to Germany, Dr. Khazai was a post-doctoral research fellow at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and Columbia University's Earth Institute. He has been involved in the socio-economic assessment of recovery and reconstruction processes working in the field following disasters in Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Orleans. Dr. Khazai's research interests are social vulnerability analysis, megacity and urban risk, and information technology for post-disaster recovery planning. As a project specialist for Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI), he has worked in a number of applied projects in Istanbul, Amman and Metro Manila and Mumbai.
Tel.: +49 721 608 44442
Antje Wegner (KIT)
Antje Wegner is a research assistant at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology, Psychology and Economics and is currently working on her PhD-thesis about the diffusion of household water treatment and sanitation in rural Vietnam. During her studies she was involved in a project about housing policy towards slum dwellers in Mumbai, India. Antje Wegner has strong focus on quantitative methods of social research and is especially interested in multi-level modelling. Since 2010 she is a member of the Social Vulnerability Seminar, which was the basic initiative for the development of Vulnerability Wiki.
Tel.: +49 721 608 47877
Tina Kunz-Plapp (CEDIM/KIT)
Dr. Tina Kunz-Plapp is a social scientist with a background in risk perception, risk communication and vulnerability research. She works at the Geophysical Institute, KIT, for the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology CEDIM and is doing research on local climate change adaptation strategies within the Helmholtz Initiative REKLIM in cooperation with the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT. Tina Kunz-Plapp graduated (M.A.) in sociology, political sciences and cultural anthropology at the University of Marburg. She obtained her PhD at the department for economics and business engineering of the University of Karlsruhe (TH) with a thesis on risk perception from natural disasters she had carried out in the DFG-funded interdisciplinary PhD-program “natural disasters”. She has coordinated the PhD-programme and, later on, the head office of CEDIM. Besides she has worked for several years at the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). Regarding vulnerability, she is in particular interested in social vulnerability.
Tel.: +49 721 608 44436