School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Dr Ksenia Chmutina MA, PhD, FHEA

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Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism

Academic Deputy Lead of the Secure and Resilient Societies Research Challenge

Academic Leader of the Secure and Resilient Societies Research Challenge’s ‘Disaster Risk Management’ Theme


Dr Ksenia Chmutina is a Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism. Her main research interest is in synergies and tensions of resilience and sustainability in the built environment, including holistic approach to enhancing resilience to natural and human-induced threats, and a better understanding of the systemic implications of sustainability and resilience under the pressures of urbanisation and climate change. Her other research interests include transdisciplinary integration of pre-emptive hazard mitigation strategies into decision making process of construction stakeholders, and disaster risk management of cultural heritage. Ksenia uses her work to draw attention to the fact that disasters are not natural. Her research mainly comprises location-based case studies and systemic policy analysis; it brings together quantitative and qualitative research to generate transdiciplinary understanding in the areas of sustainability, resilience, and policy in the context of built environment, and employs various data analysis techniques. A well-documented track record of publications and external activities provide testament to the internationally recognised quality of her work. She has conducted her research in the UK, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, the Caribbean, and across Europe. Ksenia is a co-author of a textbook 'Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment' (Wiley, 2017).

  • 2015 – present Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism, Loughborough University, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • 2011-2015 Research Associate, Loughborough University, School of Civil and Building Engineering
  • 2011 - Research Assistant, University of Nottingham, Division of Energy and Sustainability

Professional affiliations

  • Joint Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction’s Working Commission 120 'Disasters and the Built Environment'
  • Member of the Methodology Advisory Group for the Global Network for Disaster Reduction’s Views from the Frontline project
  • Member of editorial board of the International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management

Main interests and expertise

  • Investigating synergies, tensions and trade-offs between sustainability and resilience of the built environment
  • Role of Disaster risk reduction in climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Principles of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and the mainstreaming of DRM and sustainable vulnerability reduction into construction sector
  • Role of building regulations in sustainability and resilience
  • Sustainability and resilience of small developing island states
  • Inter-disciplinary research that utilises a range of quantitative and qualitative methods and effectively links academic theory to practical actions

Research projects

  • Enhancing urban flood resilience for 1 million people through Blue-Green Infrastructure in Semarang, Indonesia (BUGIS): The Newton Fund project aims to increase the flood resilience of Semarang by integrating Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) concepts into the development of that city’s drainage. BGI is an approach that integrates water management and green infrastructure to replicate natural water cycles. This aim will be achieved by developing a sustainable Flood Risk Management strategy for Semarang that embraces the technical (structural and non-structural) approaches of BGI and aligns them with local community-based activities. The project will seek to integrate future research and development (R&D) into urban development planning with heightened capacity for resilience against the impacts of climate change
  • ‘Thinking Inside the Box': A Mixed Reality Development Platform for co-creating energy efficient retail spaces’: This research project is an EPSRC funded study to test the feasibility of the next generation of decision support models with regards to informing energy demand reduction strategies in the built environment. The selected Research Associate (RA) will contribute 100% of their time for the 17 months duration of the project. The project explores a new method of integrating multiple user perspectives into design for enhanced energy reduction and indoor environmental performance. Instead of proposing and modelling the effect of abrupt changes, our work will test the feasibility of a MRDP – a multi-user serious gaming environment deployed within the space that it is designed to influence - to enable the co-creation of socio-technical interventions.

Previous research projects

  • Building Resilience in Nepal: This GCRF Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed funded project led by the University of York aims to better understand the effectiveness of advice for increasing resilience of buildings and to improve knowledge exchange with informal construction stakeholders in Nepal.
  • UK-India Smart Cities for Sustainable Future Cities: SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net) is a collaborative partnership between British and Indian academics led by the University of Nottingham. The project aims to establish a multi-disciplinary consortium of researchers specialising in a range of fields including engineering, social science, urban planning and heritage. Through a variety of engagement activities, including multi-stakeholder workshops in seven Indian cities, an entrepreneurship competition and a variety of publications, the project will support the development of integrated policy strategies for selected cities in India.
  • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Small Grant for the facilitation of collaboration in the area of climate change impacts on, and improved disaster risk management for, cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK.


External activities

External Professional Activities and esteem
Invited international short courses

  • Sept. 2017: ‘Disaster risk management of cultural heritage’, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

  • 2012-2016: “Public Policy for Renewable Energy” course for the MSc in Renewable Energy Management programme, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados 

  • 2014-2015: The World Bank Institute’s ‘Introduction to Disaster Risk Management’ course and ‘Safe and Resilient Cities’ courses (online)

  • 2010-2013: The Chevening Young Leaders Programme, organized by the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK

Conference scientific committee and organisation

  • Member of organising teams for the 2019 and 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • 2019 i-REC conference, Florida, USA

  • 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2019 CIB World Building Congress, Hong Kong

  • 2019 Interstices symposium Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative, Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention, Durban, South Africa

  • 2018 Building Resilience Conference, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2018 WEDC conference, Nakuru, Kenya

  • 2017 CIB International Research Conference, Salford, UK

  • 2017 Resilience Conference: Responding to Complex Threats: Floods, Blackouts, and Hybrid Attacks 

  • 2017 International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure

  • Results from Urban and Rural Energy Case Studies session at the CLUES Conference: Energy in Locality, 8th May 2012, UCL, London

  • 2016 and 2017 CIB World Building Congress

  • 2016 and 2017 WEDC International conference

  • 2016 Building Resilience Conference

  • 2015 -2017 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change


  • The Academic Evaluation of the Institution of Civil Engineering Interim Report ‘In Plain Sight: reducing the risk of infrastructure failure’

  • The Government Office for Science’s Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment report mid-term review 

  • DIREKT – Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network, The University of the West Indies, Barbados

Invited speaker

  • 2019 – Invited speaker ‘From conflict to resilience: key considerations’, at the Post-Crisis Recovery of Historic Cities in the Arab Region Workshop (Sharjah, 24 -28 February)

  • 2019 - Invited presentation ‘Sustainability, resilience and climate change: are we reinventing the wheel?’ at the 1st Regional Workshop on Flood Resilient Planning Strategies for Cultural (Bangkok, 9-11 January)

  • 2018 - Invited presentation ‘DRR as a Professional Competency: Understanding the Role of Multi-stakeholder Engagement in Contributing to Addressing Major Geohazards’ at the 2nd International Symposium on New Techniques for Geohazards Research and Management (Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China, 21-23 Sept.)

  • 2018 - Public lecture for the Leicester City Series ‘Towards Disaster Resilient Cities’ (Leicester Urban Observatory, Leicester, UK, 9th August)

  • 2018 - Public lecture ‘Blue, Green or Turquoise: Sustainable and Resilient Cities’ (Institute of Public Safety, Tsinghua University, China, 23rd April)

  • 2018 - Public lecture ‘Sustainable and Resilient Urban Infrastructure’ (University of Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia, 27th February)

  • 2017 - Invited panel speaker: International Expert Forum on Mainstreaming Resilience and DRR in Education (Bangkok, Thailand, 1-2 Dec.)

  • Invited session chair: Disasters and the Built Environment , CIB International Research Conference (Salford, 11-13 Sept. 2017)

  • Invited panel speaker: RUSI’s Resilience Conference 2017 Responding to Complex Threats: Floods, Blackouts, and Hybrid Attacks (20-21 Sept. 2017)

  • Invited session chair: Royal Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering for Development Symposium; Resilient Development session (Cambridge, 21-23 Nov. 2016)

  • Invited panel speaker: Understanding the role of the private and public stakeholders in slow onset disaster resilience framework (IDRC, Davos 2014)

  • Invited panel speaker: Leapfrogging conventional development goals to be global change ready in the global tropics (Planet Under Pressure Conference, London, 26-29th March 2012)

  1. Green, A. and Chmutina, K., 2018. Building climate resilience of London’s rail network through a multi-hazard approach. ICE Engineering Sustainability. DOI: 10.1680/jensu.18.00031
  2. Chmutina, K., Fussey, P., Dainty, A. and Bosher, L. 2018. Implications of transforming climate change risks into security risks. Disaster Prevention and Management, 27 (5), 460-77.
  3. Chmutina, K. and Rose, J. 2018. Building resilience: knowledge, experience and perceptions among informal construction stakeholders. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, 158-64.
  4. Lizarralde, G., Chmutina, K., Dainty, A. Bosher, L. and Bryant, C. 2018. The diversity of governance approaches in the face of resilience. In: Forino, G. et al. (eds.) Disasters, Democracy and Governance, Routledge, ch.1
  5. Chmutina, K. and Bosher, L. (2017). Rapid Urbanisation and Security: Holistic Approach to Enhancing Security of Urban Spaces. In: Dover, R., Dylan, H. and Goodman, M. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk and Intelligence, p.27-45, Palgrave Macmillian, UK
  6. Bosher, L. and Chmutina, K., 2017. Disaster risk reduction for the built environment: An introduction. UK: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4
  7. Chmutina, K., Jigyasu, R. and Bosher, L. 2017. Integrating DRR including CCA into the delivery and management of the built environment. In: Gaillard, J.C (ed.), Routledge Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Handbook. Routledge, Ch. 25
  8. Ravankhah, M., Chmutina, K., Schmidt, M, Bosher, L., 2017.  Integration of Cultural Heritage into Disaster Risk Management: Challenge or Opportunity for Increased Disaster Resilience. IN: Albert, M.-T., Bandarin, F. and Pereira Roders, A. (eds). Going Beyond ­ Perceptions of Sustainability, Heritage Studies No. 2.
  9. Chmutina, K. and Bosher, L. 2017. Managing disaster risk and resilience in the UK: Response vs. Prevention in policy and practice. In: Coaffee, J. and Chandler, D. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Resilience: Policies, Theories and Practices. Routledge, pp. 267-278.
  10. Chmutina, K., Lizarralde, G., Dainty, A. and Bosher, L. 2016. Unpacking resilience policy discourse. Cities, 58, pp. 70-79