Research and expertise

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism. My 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. My other research interests include disaster risk management of cultural heritage, and understanding of the processes of disaster risk. I use my work to draw attention to the fact that disasters are not natural. 

My research mainly comprises location-based case studies and systemic policy analysis; it brings together quantitative and qualitative research and participatory methods 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 my work. I have conducted research in the UK, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, the Caribbean, and across Europe. I am a co-author of a textbook ‘Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment’ (Wiley, 2017) and a co-host of a podcast ‘Disasters: Deconstructed’. 

Current research activity 

  • Co-Investigator, Researcher Links Workshop Grant ‘Urban vulnerability, risks, safety and security: transdisciplinary workshop’ (British Council, 2019, £42,000)
  • Co-Investigator, ‘‘Thinking Inside the Box': A Mixed Reality Development Platform for co-creating energy efficient retail spaces’ (EPSRC, 2017-2019; £200,000)
  • Co-Investigator, ‘Enhancing urban flood resilience for 1 million people through Blue-Green Infrastructure in Semarang, Indonesia’ project (Newton Fund, 2017- 2018; £93,300)
  • 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

Recently completed research projects 

  • Co-Investigator, GCRF Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed Funding Scheme (RAEng, 2017; £20,000)
  • Co-Investigator, UK-India Smart Cities for Sustainable Future Cities (ESRC, 2016–2017; £200,000)
  • Principle Investigator, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Small Grant for the facilitation of collaboration on improved disaster risk management for cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK (2015; £3,000).

Recent publications

  • Chmutina, K. and von Meding, J., 2019. A dilemma of language: ‘natural disasters’ in academic literature. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. (Accepted for publication). 
  • Chmutina, K., von Meding, J., Bosher, L., 2019. Language matters: dangers of the “natural disaster” misnomer. Contributing paper to the Global Assessment Report (GAR) 2019, UNDRR. Available at:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 


I contribute to learning and teaching activities including Professional Skills across all the Schools programmes, as well as learning and teaching activities related to disaster risk reduction, urban sustainability, critical theory and urban planning. I am the Admissions Tutor for the Urban Planning programme and the School's International/ Erasmus exchange coordinator.


  • CVA101Professional Skills
  • CVB078 Critical Theory
  • CVC010 Disaster risk reduction in the Built Environment  
  • CVD001 Erasmus exchange 


  • CVP407 Disaster risk management 


Short courses

  • 2017- ongoing: Annual ‘Disaster risk management of cultural heritage’, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
  • 2012-2016: Annual “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)


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


I graduated from the Amur State University (Blagoveschensk, Russia) in 2006 with the cum laude Degree in International Relations (specialising in Russian-Chinese relations). I then continued my education at the University of Nottingham’s Ningbo campus (in China), where I was awarded an MA inInternational Communications (with distinction) in 2007. I joined a PhD programme at the University of Nottingham straight after, and was awarded a PhD in Engineering in 2011. 

I joined Loughborough University in summer 2011 as a post-doctoral research associate and had worked on various UKRI and EU funded research projects until December 2015, when I was appointed a Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilience Urbanism. Since then, I have become a member of the University Senate; I also actively contribute to the School’s Wellbeing Committee. I also held roles of the Coordinator of Loughborough University’s activities in the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC); the University Academic Lead for the Vision 2020 Security and Prosperity, and Resilience helixes;Admissions tutor for Urban Planning programme; Coordinator of School’s Erasmus exchange programme; Chair of the School’s quarterly Doctoral Seminar series; Part A tutor for the Construction Engineering Management programme. I have been involved in supervision of a number of PhD reserachers including:  Alasdair Booth (co-supervised with Dr Lee Bosher; Project: Counter Terrorism and the Protection of Crowded Places (awarded in April 2019)); Elizabeth Marlow (co-supervised with Prof Andrew Dainty; Project: Indicators for Resilience and Sustainability); Monia del Pinto (co-supervised with Dr Lee Bosher and Dr Garyfalia Palaiologou; Project: Post disaster planning and the key role of the Unbuilt); and Susanna Goodall (co-supervised with Dr Tom Dijkstra and Prof Meng Xingmin (Lanzhou University, China); Project: Exploring community-based geohazard response schemes in Gansu, China). 

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


  • Teaching Innovation Award for a project ‘Disaster Risk Reduction is a child’s play: using modular construction toys to understand structural DRR measures’ 

External activities

  • Peer reviewer for the 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • Peer reviewer for the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR
  • Paper reviewer (selected journals): International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, Building Research and Information, Sustainable Cities and Society, Cities, International Journal of Disaster Risk, Science, ICE Proceedings.
  • Member of organising teams for sessions at the 2017 and 2019 Global Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction 
  • Member of Conference organising and scientific committees (e.g. 2019 i-REC conference, CIB World Building Congress, Building Resilience Conference, WEDC conference) 

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • National Society for Earthquate Technology, Nepal
  • Universities of York, Nottingham, King’s College London (UK)
  • University of Florida, USA
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Montreal University, Canada
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • University of the West Indies, Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica