Sandra Villacorta-Chambi

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PhD in Research, Modelling and Environmental Risk Analysis, MSc in Sustainable Use of Mineral Resource, BSc in Geological Engineering, Research Project leader with around 18 years delivering research programmes on geological hazards, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Project management, teaching and outreach activities. I have extensive knowledge and experience in fieldwork, lab, evaluation, analysis, management of environmental information and cartography which have given me a holistic view of task solution. I have previously tutored university students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and provided training and mentoring to young geoscientists through to successful completion of their goals. I have given guest lectures at several universities in Spanish, and I also have organised symposiums, forums, conference cycles, round tables and other networking activities.


My research broadly focuses on how to prevent hazards in mountainous regions and doing effective prevention for landslides, flood and debris flow risk, especially about improving the resilience of communities under high vulnerability. I am particularly interested in the research of geological hazards assessment, Geomorphology, Earth observation technologies, hazards impacts associated with extreme events. Much of my work has built the knowledge base underpinning the development of disaster prevention methodologies for geological hazard monitoring, especially those relating to debris flow and flood in Peru. I also work on the continental scale distribution of geological hazards assessment, Geomorphology and Earth observation technologies; seeking to understand the causes of geological hazards which is coupling with geological and geomorphological conditions and its relation with climate.

Many of my research contributions have been collaborative and multidisciplinary. Efficacious research requires building and upholding collaborative partnerships, an aspect which has provided me gaining a wealth of experience both in leading and in networking.


I Welcome students interested by the following topics:

  • Geological risks and disaster management
  • Long term observation of disaster risk management. Governance and/or decentralization practices in Latin America and Caribbean region.
  • Geological risks prevention in Latin America and Caribbean region
  • Green Technology to prevent geological risks.
  • New techniques on Geoscience Education
  • Improvement on Geoscience Education in in Latin America and Caribbean region
  • Ethical aspects on Geosciences


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