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Mirianna Budimir

Mirianna Budimir BSc (Hons), MSc

Natural hazard consultant
Independent Consultant, Overseas Development Institute
Disaster Risk Analyst, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

Overview: I am a natural hazard researcher currently working as an Independent Consultant for the Overseas Development Institute and the World Bank. My background is based in quantitative research of natural hazards and risk assessments. I am interested in multiple hazards and multi-hazard interactions, particularly how they affect human populations.

Doctorate research: I have recently completed a PhD in Geography at the University of Southampton entitled ‘Global cascading hazards: probability and loss modelling for earthquakes and earthquake-triggered landslides’. From the initial interest of multi-hazards, I researched the interaction between earthquakes and landslides, developing a global fatality model and establishing an increase in fatalities associated with a cascading hazard event. I conducted a systematic literature review of logistic regression landslide studies to analyse covariates significantly associated with landsliding. I also developed a model to predict where landslides will occur as a result of an earthquake based on the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake and triggered landslide event. The model can be used in to predict landslides in the immediate aftermath of a scenario earthquake event in the study site, estimating the assets exposed to significant levels of ground shaking and high probabilities of landsliding.

Consultancy: I am currently working on two projects as an Independent Consultant in the Adaptation and Resilience Team at the Overseas Development Institute: The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) reports and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Fragile and Conflict Affects States (FCAS) project.

I am also working remotely on the Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) with the World Bank’s Climate Change Policy Team and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. I am undertaking a rapid review of the CCKP and providing recommendations for more up-to-date, user-friendly, accurate information of natural disasters.


Peters K, Budimir M, Barbelet V, Bayley E, Sturridge S, Bennett C, Carabine E, Caravani A, Sparks D, Wiggins S, and Keats S, 2015, ‘Humanitarian trends and trajectories to 2030: Europe and Others Group’, Paper prepared by ODI for the World Humanitarian Summit’s Regional Consultation, 3-4 February 2015, Budapest.

Peters, K., and Budimir, M., 2015, ‘Typhoon Haiyan: pushing the limits of DRR?’, Humanitarian Exchange, Issue 63, January 2015.

Budimir, M.E.A., Atkinson, P., and Lewis, H., 2015, ‘A systematic review of landslide probability mapping using logistic regression’, Landslides, published online 15th January 2015.

Budimir, M.E.A., Atkinson, P., and Lewis, H., 2014, ‘Seismically induced landslide hazard and exposure modelling in Southern California based on the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake event’, Landslides, published online 30th October 2014.

Budimir, M.E.A., Atkinson, P., and Lewis, H., 2014, ‘Earthquake-and-landslide events are associated with more fatalities than earthquakes alone’, Natural Hazards, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 895-914.

Atkinson, P., Lewis, H., Murdock, A., Clark, M.J., Eugchi, R., Bevington, J., Branson, J. and Budimir, M.E.A., 2012, ‘State-of-the-Art in Risk Mapping: Appendix 3: Case Study: Global Multiple Hazard and Risk Mapping’, Review commissioned by Foresight Project: Reducing Risks of Future Disasters. London, Government Office for Science.

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