Katherine Maxwell

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development


Urban Disaster Governance in Latin America: examining the role of municipal governments in a city’s ability to develop a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategy in line with the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2020

Research abstract

This thesis examines the role municipalities play in their ability to design, implement and monitor a city’s DRR strategy that aligns with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2020. The objective of this research is to examine two municipal government’s approaches in how they design, implement and monitor disaster risk reduction, highlighting processes both help and hinder governance and to ensure alignment with the requirements of Sendai Framework.


Dr David Howard


Currently working at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at The University of Edinburgh, as part of the Innovation and International team, which involves mentoring low carbon start ups, project work (e.g. NERC Impact Innovation Projects), developing the smart cities agenda at the centre and supporting the development of new low carbon hubs in Asia. 

Research interests

Sustainable Urban Development, Risk reduction, resilience