Henry Bang

Dr Henry Bang

  • 01202 966307
  • hbang at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Disaster Management Centre)
  • Dorset House D236, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Bang Henry is an academic, researcher and professional whose academic qualifications reflect inter-disciplinary knowledge in the natural/physical sciences, social sciences and international development. He has BSc (Hons) Geology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; MSc Applied Geology from the University of Buea; a second MSc Environment and Development, and PhD International Development both from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Dr Bang has multiple skills in disaster management, geology/environment and international development. Henry has substantial teaching, research, consultancy and professional practice experience in higher education, government and the enterprise sectors in Africa and the UK. He is a lecturer on the BUDMC’s MSc Crisis and Disaster Management course, including the International Disaster Management and MSc-CPD courses. Dr Bang is also an internal PhD upgrade reviewer, a reviewer for international academic journals, and an external PhD examiner.

Dr Bang has published extensively in top peer review international journals, and contributed to book chapters, mainly in the areas of Disaster Management...



I am part of the Mini AFRIGATE project, which involves promoting concept design in disaster management in West Africa. The inter-disciplinary projects that will combine UK and West African academics and scholars involves full interaction, participation and support of the emergency/disaster management agencies in Cameroon, Ghana and NIGERIA in a new distinctive international network partnership

This is an initial Newton and Bournemouth University funded project that seeks to understand the continually highlighted problem of delays and non-compliance in disaster prone regions principally due to the existence of resistance among user and community resilience groups.

The aim is to address resistance factors affecting Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In order to achieve this, the project seeks to provide fresh concepts, measurement tools and schematics to model and measure these resistance factors, principally via the introduction of innovative concepts of gateways and gatekeepers that will enhance disaster response, accelerate economic and social recovery and improve welfare in West Africa in accordance with ODA guidelines. In particular, the objectives of the project are to:

(i) Evaluate where, why and how do African countries experience resistance factors to DM in order to reduce delays, single points of failure and non-compliance, especially among disaster-prone communities

(ii) Promote how and what African countries can do to assimilate, accommodate, reduce and overcome resistance factors that enhance DM governance, vulnerability reduction and particularly improve hazard risk communication...


Journal Articles

  • Sabi, H.M., Mlay, S.V., Tsuma, C.K. and Bang, H.N., 2015. Conceptualizing user preference and trust in western designed banking software systems in developing countries. Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce, 20 (3).
  • Bang, H., 2014. General overview of the disaster management framework in Cameroon. Disasters: the journal of disaster studies, policy and management, 38 (3), 562-586.
  • Bang, H.N., 2013. Governance of disaster risk reduction in Cameroon: The need to empower local government. Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 5 (2).
  • Bang, H.N. and Few, R., 2012. Social risks and challenges in post-disaster resettlement: The case of Lake Nyos, Cameroon. Journal of Risk Research, 15 (9), 1141-1157.
  • Bang, H.N., 2012. Disaster management in Cameroon: The Lake Nyos disaster experience. Disaster Prevention and Management, 21 (4), 489-506.


  • Bang, H., 2016. 30 Years After the Lake Nyos Disaster: What Prospects for Rehabilitation and Reintegration in the Region? Disaster Management, Social Vulnerability, Risk Perception and Relocation Decisions in Cameroon. US: Book Venture Publishing.


  • Miles, L., Gordon, R. and Bang, H., 2017. Blaming Active Volcanoes or Active Volcanic Blame? Volcanic Crisis Communication and Blame Management in the Cameroon. In: Fearnley,, C., Bird, D., Jolly, G., Haynes, K. and McGuire, B., eds. Observing the Volcano World, Volcanic Crisis Communication. Springer.
  • Bang, H., 2015. Disaster Management in Cameroon: The Lake Nyos Disaster Experience. In: Emerald Group, L., ed. New Perspectives in Global Environmental Disasters. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 57-78.


  • Miles, Miles, L. and Bang, H., 2017. A Glass of Crisis Management with a Foreign Policy Twist? Entrepreneurial Resilience in the Cameroon. In: International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention 22-25 February 2017 Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • Bang, H. and Miles, L., 2016. Disaster Risk Perception in Cameroon and Its Implications for the Rehabilitation of the Lake Nyos Disaster Survivors. In: Stal, M., Sigrist, D., Wahlen, S., Portman, J., Glover, J., Bernabe, N., Moy de Vitry, D. and Ammann, W., eds. International Disaster and Risk Conference 28 August-1 September 2016 Davos, Switzerland. Davos Switzerland: Global Risk Forum, 73-76.
  • Bang, H., Sabi, H.M., Mlay, S.V. and Tsuma, C.K., 2014. Use of Western designed software packages in developing countries: Implications for their effectiveness in a different context. In: 6th International Conference on ICT for Africa 1-4 October 2014 Yaounde, Cameroon.
  • Bang, H., 2012. Governance of disaster risk reduction in Cameroon: The need to empower Local Government. In: 1st biennial conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction 10-12 October 2012 North West University, South Africa.
  • Bang, H., 2009. The human cost of natural disasters in Cameroon: What implications for disaster survivors? In: International Disaster and Risk Conference 13 July-15 September 2009 Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
  • Bang, H., 2009. Warning systems in natural disaster affected local communities in Cameroon. Can they mitigate feature risks to Life? In: PhD Conference on Current Debates in International Development 25-26 June 2009 School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • Bang, H., 2008. Present risks in Lake Nyos: Is Cameroon prepared for another great disaster? In: International Disaster Risk Conference 25-29 September 2008 Davos, Switzerland.
  • Bang, H., 2008. Social vulnerability and risk perception to natural hazards in Cameroon two decades following the tragic Lake Nyos gas disaster: What future prospect for the displaced disaster victims? In: Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability 26 July-1 August 2008 United Nations University, Germany.


  • Bang, H., 2010. Natural Disaster Risk, Vulnerability and Resettlement: Relocation Decisions following the Lake Nyos and Monoum Disasters in Cameroon. PhD Thesis. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Teaches in the BUDMC's International Disaster Management Courses
  • MSc unit on Crisis and Disaster Management. Taught causes on Vulnerability to Geological and Hydro-Meteorological Hazards to MSc students reading Crisis and Disaster management and Tourism.

Invited Lectures

  • Lecture on natural hazards for Architecture and Design students of the Arts Univeristy, Bournemouth. The objective was to let architecture and Design students understand the how the origin, location and impact of natural hazards, especially earthquakes can impact on the design and architecture of physical infrastructures such as buildings etc.

External Responsibilities

  • African Centre for Disaste Studies, North West University, Potchefstroon Campus, North West Province, South Africa, External PhD Examiner (2017-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Did presentation about volcanic crisis communication, management and blame in developing countries. The frequent eruptions on Mt Cameroon, the most active volcanoe in West/Central Africa was used as an example to elucidate the arguments and key themes in the presentation.

Conference Presentations

  • International Disaster and Risk Conference, Disaster Risk Perception in Cameroon and its Implications for the Rehabilitation of the Lake Nyos Disaster Survivors, 28 August 2016, Davos, Switzerland
  • International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, A Glass of Crisis Management with a Foreign Policy Twist? Entrepreneurial Resilience in the Cameroon (with H Bang), 24 February 2017, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


  • PhD in International Development (University of East Anglia, UK, 2009)
  • MSc in Environment and Development (University of East Anglia, UK, 2005)
  • MSc in Applied Geology (University of Buea, Cameroon, 1999)
  • BSc (Hons) in Geology (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, 1997)


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