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Biography

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...

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Research

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...

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I am a core researcher in the AFRICAB project that the BUDMC secured after a successful bidding process in May 2018. The project is funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The prime objective is to contribute to the continued strengthening of capacity building in West African Disaster Management. A distinctive feature of AFRICAB is its innovative BUDMC led research on (Single Points of Failure in African Disaster Management – SPOFs) is to be disseminated via integrated and accompanying research informed crisis simulations.

Journal Articles

  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Gordon, R., 2018. Enhancing local livelihoods resilience and food security in the face of frequent flooding in Africa: A disaster management perspective. Journal of African Studies and Development, 10 (7), 85-100.
  • Bang, H., Balgah, R. and Fondo, S., 2018. Drivers for coping with flood hazards: Beyond the analysis of single cases. Jàmbá : Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.
  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Gordon, R., 2017. The Irony of Flood Risks in African Dryland Environments: Human Security in North Cameroon. World Journal of Engineering and Technology, 5, 109+-121.
  • 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: An International Journal, 21 (4), 489-506.

Books

  • 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.

Chapters

  • 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.

Conferences

  • Bang, H., 2018. Disaster Risk Reduction: A Challenge in African Disaster Management-an Analysis of the October 2016 Eseka Train Accident in Cameroon. In: UK Alliance for Disaster Research Conference 27-28 March 2018 Bristol, UK.
  • Bang, H., Miles, L. and Clark, M., 2018. A Glass of Disaster Management with a Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship Twist? Entrepreneurial Resilience and Foreign Policy Dynamics in Ghana. In: 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association 4-8 April 2018 San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Bang, H. and Miles, L., 2017. A Glass of Crisis Management with a Foreign Policy Twist?: Entrepreneurial Resilience in the Cameroon. In: European International Studies Association (EISA) 7-9 June 2017 Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
  • Bang, H., 2017. The Irony of Flood Risks in African Dryland Environments: Human Security in North Cameroon. Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Prevention and Public Safety, Gaulin, China. In: International Conference on Disaster Prevention and Public Safety 23-25 August 2017 Gaulin, China.
  • Bang, H., 2017. Learning from Disasters: Analysing the London Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster (GTD) within the Realm of Disaster Risk Management. In: Word Bosai Forum (WBF) International Disaster Risk Conference 25-28 November 2017 Sendai, Japan.
  • 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. 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.

Theses

  • 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

  • MSc Disaster Management
  • Dissertation Supervisor
  • PhD Transfer Examiner
  • MSc Tourism and Crisis Management

Invited Lectures

  • Geological Characteristics of Earthqakes, Arts University, Bournemouth, 16 Jan 2017 more
  • Managing Tourism Operations During a Disaster, Bournemouth University, 05 May 2017 more

External Responsibilities

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

Internal Responsibilities

  • Organiser of 'Crisis Hour' Discussions and Debates, Disaster Management Centre

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Bournemouth University Festival of Learning
  • Did public presentation entitled " Blaming Active Volcanoes or Active Volacnic Blame? Volcanic Crisis Management in Developing Countries: the Case of Cameroon.

Conference Presentations

  • 'Unlocking Resilience in Disaster Management in Ghana' AFRIGATE National Parliamentary Briefing of Ghanaian Parliamentarians, Bournemouth University, UK, Unlocking Gateways in Disaster Management in Ghana, 12 Nov 2018, Executive Business Centre (EBC) Bournemouth University, UK
  • 'Unlocking Resilience in Disaster Management in Ghana', GCRF AFRICAB National Parliamentary Briefing of Ghanaian Parliamentarians, Bournemouth University, UK, 'Understanding Single Points of Failure in Disaster Management in Africa', 12 Nov 2018, Executive Business Centre (EBC), Bournemouth University, UK
  • 4th Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR), Durban, South Africa, Understanding Single Points of Failure in Disaster Management in Africa: A Driver for Research-informed Professional Practice and Capacity-building, 17 Oct 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • 4th Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR), Durban, South Africa, Challenges in Managing Technological Disasters in Africa: Case Study of the Eseka Train Accident in Cameroon, 17 Oct 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, A Glass of Disaster Management with a Foreign Policy Entrepreneurship Twist? Entrepreneurial Resilience and Foreign Policy Dynamics in Ghana, 04 Apr 2018, San Francisco, California, USA
  • UK Alliance for Disaster Research Conference, Disaster risk reduction: A challenge in African disaster management-an analysis of the October 2016 Eseka train accident in Cameroon., 27 Mar 2018, Bristol
  • Word Bosai Forum (WBF) International Disaster Risk Conference, Learning from Disasters: Analysing the London Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster (GTD) within the Realm of Disaster Risk Management, 25 Nov 2017, Sendai, Japan
  • International Conference on Disaster Prevention and Public Safety, The Irony of Flood Risks in African Dryland Environments: Human Security in North Cameroon. Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Prevention and Public Safety, Gaulin, China, 23 Aug 2017, Gaulin, China
  • European International Studies Association (EISA), A Glass of Crisis Management with a Foreign Policy Twist?: Entrepreneurial Resilience in the Cameroon, 07 Jun 2017, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  • 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 Feb 2017, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • International Disaster and Risk Conference, Disaster Risk Perception in Cameroon and its Implications for the Rehabilitation of the Lake Nyos Disaster Survivors, 28 Aug 2016, Davos, Switzerland
  • International Disaster and Risk Conference, Global Risk Forum, Disaster Risk Perception in Cameroon and its Implications for the Rehabilitation of the Lake Nyos Disaster Survivors (with Henry Bang), 28 Aug 2016, Davos, Switzerland
  • 1st biennial conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction, Governance of disaster risk reduction in Cameroon: The need to empower Local Government, 10 Oct 2012, South Africa
  • International Disaster and Risk Conference, The human cost of natural disasters in Cameroon: What implications for disaster survivors?, 13 Jul 2009, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
  • PhD Conference on Current Debates in International Development, Warning systems in natural disaster affected local communities in Cameroon. Can they mitigate feature risks to Life?, 25 Jun 2009, UK
  • International Disaster Risk Conference, Present risks in Lake Nyos: Is Cameroon prepared for another great disaster?, 25 Sep 2008, Davos, Switzerland
  • Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability, 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?, 26 Jul 2008, Germany

Attended Training

  • Doctoral Supervision Development: New Supervisors Training or Refreshal Course, 19 Oct 2016, Certificate of Attendance

Qualifications

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

Memberships

  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association, International, Member, http://www.disasters.org/
  • Global Alliance for Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), Member,
  • International Studies Association, Member (2016-2018), http://www.isanet.org/
  • UK Alliance for Disaster Reduction, Member,
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