Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon

  • 01202 961324
  • rgordon at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Head of BU Disaster Management Centre
  • Executive Business Centre EB102, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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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



  • Bang, H., 2018. Introduction to Floods. In: Gordon, R., ed. Introduction to Disaster Management for Military Staff Officers. BUDMC.
  • Bang, H., 2018. Introduction to Cyclones. In: Gordon, R., ed. Introduction to Disaster Management for Military Staff Officers. BUDMC.
  • Miles, L., Gordon, R. and Bang, H., 2018. Blaming Active Volcanoes or Active Volcanic Blame? Volcanic Crisis Communication and Blame Management in the Cameroon. Advances in Volcanology. 395-409.
  • 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.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • CPD1: Management of Policies & Plans (MSc Disaster Management). 2.0 UNIT AIM The aim of the unit is to develop in students a systematic understanding of Disaster Management and to assist them in a solid and critical awareness of the national and international current best practices in developing national disaster management policies and plans. 3.0 LEARNING OUTCOMES Having completed this Unit, the student is expected to: 1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the international definitions and concepts relevant to disaster management; 2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the problems and issues relating to the development and implementation of policies and plans relating to disaster management; 3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and techniques available for risk reduction through identifying, assessing, reducing and preparing to respond to likely impacts from a wide range of hazards; 4. Develop originality and confidence in understanding how to integrate relevant stakeholders into planning for rapid response and recovery activities as part of a wider disaster management strategy and plan; 5. Evaluate critically the processes of situational analysis leading to integrated disaster management planning and response management; 6. Evaluate relevant research and analysis of national and international plans and strategies relating to disaster management; 7. Critically evaluate major incident management models, including all the key components, in their national contexts and, where appropriate, propose new solutions and strategies; 8. Work in dialogue with a team of peers and mentors to complete a strategic planning exercise to develop a national disaster management plan involving government ministries, emergency and military agencies, public and private organisations in order to demonstrate ability to operate in complex and unpredictable environments.

Invited Lectures

  • National Disaster Management Planning in Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria, 10 Feb 2003 more

Conference Presentations

  • United Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Reduction (UKADR) Conference, A Challenge in African Disaster Management - an Analysis of the October 2016 Eséka Train Accident in Cameroon, 27 Apr 2018, University of Bristol
  • 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 Diploma in Humanitarian Affairs, Crises, Disasters and Humanitarian Operations, 05 Jun 2017, Fordham University, New York
  • International Humanitarian Assistance Conference - Barcelona, Integrating Disaster Management Agendas within Humanitarian Assistance Programmes, 10 Mar 2014, Barcelona
  • Disaster Management for Fire and Rescue Service, Saudi Arabia, Integrating the Fire and Rescue Service into wider Emergency Management Systems, 16 Feb 2014, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,
  • National Disaster Management Conference for Nepal, International Best Practice and Strategies for Disaster Management in Nepal, 03 Feb 2014, British Gurkhas Nepal, Kathmandu
  • National Disaster Managment Conference for Ghana, International Best Practice and Strategies for National Development in Disaster Management, 13 Jan 2014, Accra, Ghana
  • South Asia Regional Conference in Disaster Management, International Best Practices and Strategies for Regional and National Development in Disaster Management, 27 Oct 2008, Galadari Hotel, Sri Lanka
  • Executive Conference for FCO Governors and Staff in the Caribbean, Developing Governors and Deputy Governors in Disaster Management for the Overseas Territories, 09 Jun 2008, Bournemouth University
  • National Disaster Management for Sri Lanka, Developing Civil Military Cooperation and Coordination in Disaster Management, 10 Mar 2008, Galadari Hotel, Colombo
  • International Humanitarian Affairs, Integrating national disaster management agendas within international humanitarian procedures, 12 Nov 2007, Nairobi, Kenya
  • National Disaster Management Conference for Nigeria, Building National and State Resilience in Nigeria, 29 Oct 2007, CSC Jaji, Abuja
  • Executive Conference for National Leadership in Nigeria, Developing National Leadership in Disaster Management in Nigeria (Aspirations, Assurances and Actions), 18 Jun 2007, London Hilton
  • FCO Montserrat - Disaster Management for Governors and Deputy Governors, Developing an Understanding of Disater Management Responisbilities for UK Governors and Deputy Governors, 21 May 2007, Bournemouth University
  • Regional Disaster Management for the Balkans, Strategies and Simulations for Improved Coordination in Disaster Management, 12 Mar 2007, Pula, Croatia
  • 1st National Disaster Management Conference for Sri Lanka, Building Back Better: Lessons from the Tsunami for Sri Lanka, 27 Nov 2006, Galadari Hotel, Colombo

Consultancy Activities

  • Training Needs Assessment for Sri Lanka Disaster Management Post Tsunami, Top Level Government Consultations. British High Commission, Sri Lanka and newly formed Sri Lankan Disaster Management Agency, Sri Lanka Disaster Management Agency, 03 Jul 2006

Attended Training

  • Strength Deployment Initiative (SDI) Facilitator Training, 02 Mar 2022, SDI Facilitator


  • MBE (UK, 1997)