Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon

  • 01202 961324
  • rgordon at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Head BU Disaster Management Centre
  • Dorset House D236, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Richard Gordon has been Director of Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) since May 2005.

Through BUDMC Richard provides world class disaster management research, education, and technical expertise and training to government ministries, national security forces, media, industry, emergency services and non-governmental organisations.

Richard’s work spans the full spectrum of disaster management, is delivered both in the UK and overseas, and fuses UK best practice with global experience and innovation.

Richard is currently focused upon the Middle East, West Africa, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. He regularly delivers executive disaster management seminars to senior government ministers and their representatives including key military appointments and overseas delegations.

Working closely with Professor John Fletcher and Dr Yeganeh Morakabati of Bournemouth University, Richard has pioneered new research and education into the integration of travel and tourism with disaster management...


Journal Articles


  • 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.
  • Gordon, R., 2012. Capitalising on Travel and Tourism in Preparing for Trouble 978-0-8232-5018-9. In: Cahill, K.M., ed. More with Less; Disasters in an era of diminishing resources. New York: Fordham University Press, 175-197.

Conference Presentations

  • International Diploma in Humanitarian Affairs, Crises, Disasters and Humanitarian Operations, 05 Jun 2017, Fordham University, New York
  • 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
  • Executive Briefing, Carnival UK Executive Management Board, The Role of Strategic Executives and Strategic Approaches to Disaster Management, 23 Jan 2017, Southampton, UK


  • MBE (UK, 1997)


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