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El Parker

Associate Head (Student Experience)
Programme Manager - Undergraduate Disaster Management Courses
School of Energy, Construction and Environment
Coventry University
Priory Street


George Eliot Building
Room: GE495

  • Certificate, Training Practice, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Pg.Cert., Teaching and Learning
  • Ph.D., Climate Change, University of Liverpool
  • M.Sc., Engineering Geology, University of Durham
  • B.Sc (Hons), Geology, University of Wales
Research Interests:

  • Public awareness for warning and informing: raising public awareness of threats and actions, participatory approaches and social learning for greater preparedness
  • Community adaptive resilience to the impacts of acute hazards and those linked to climate change, resilience in disaster precondition as the key to sustainable disaster risk reduction, the role of cultural and social influence on adaptive capacity and actions
  • Complex natural hazards - assessing complex hazards, channels of communication of hazard, for example: maps and statistics, single hazard vs. multi-hazard approaches
  • Emergency and disaster management curriculum and material development for UG, PG and CPD education and training
Selected Outputs:

  • Howard, C., Parker, E., and Culff, N. (2010) An assessment of the accessibility of vulnerable persons information in a flood emergency – progress since the TOWYN floods. Report
  • Parker, E.J., and Coutie P. (2008) Analysis of Local Resilience Forum Funding in the UK. Emergency Planning Society Report for Emergency Planning Society Civil Contingencies Secretariat Review. Report
  • Chen, Y.F., Rebolledo-Mendez, G., Liarokapis, F., de Freitas, S., and Parker, E. (2008) 'Using On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment to develop training methods for emergency services'. Proceedings of the C-Games 2008 conference, 'C-Games 2008'. Held 03-05 Nov 2008 in Wolverhampton, UK
  • Meheux, K., and Parker, E. (2006) 'Tourist sector perceptions of natural hazards in Vanuatu and the implications for a small island developing state'. Tourism Management 27 (1), 69-85
  • Parker, E. (2005) 'Birmingham Tornado Reconstruction'. Birmingham Post
  • Bromage, A., and Parker, E. (2005) 'Teaching Disaster Management: An IT enhanced Hybrid problem-based learning and lecture model'. In Integrating Technology in Higher Education. USA: University Press of America
  • Parker, E., and Bloemendal, J. (2005) 'Aeolian process and pedogenesis under the influence of the East Asian monsoon: A statistical approach to particle-size distribution variability'. Sedimentary Geology 181 (3-4), 195-206
  • Parker, E. (2005) Don't rush Asian tsunami warning system. BBC News website
  • Meheux, K., and Parker, E. (2004) 'Tourist sector perceptions of natural hazards in small island developing states: A preliminary study'. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Planning for Reconstruction, '2nd International Conference on Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Planning for Reconstruction'. Held Apr 2004 in Coventry, UK
  • Heslop, D., Shaw, J., Bloemendal, J., Wang, J., Parker, E., and Guo, Z.T. (1999) 'Sub-Millenial Scale Variantions in East Asian Monsoon Systems Recorded by Dust Deposits from the North-Western Chinese Loess Plateau'. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. Part A: Solid Earth and Geodesy 24 (9), 785-792
  • Chen, F., Bloemendal, J., Feng, Z., Wang, J., Parker, E., and Guo, Z.T. (1999) 'East Asian Monsoon Variations During Oxygen Isotope Stage 5: Evidence from the North-Western Margin of the Chinese Loess Plateau'. Quaternary Science Reviews 18, 1127-1135
  • Parker, E., Bloemendal, J., Shaw, J., and Heslop, D. (1998) 'Sub-Millennial Scale Variations in the East Asian Monsoon System Recorded by Dust Deposits from the North-Western Chinese Loess Plateau'. Proceedings: Conference on Dust Aerosols, Loess Soils and Global Change, 'Dust Aerosols, Loess Soils and Global Change. Held 1998 in Washington, USA. 197-199
Selected Funding:

  • 2011, Texas A&M University and Texas Task Force One and Research development and networking workshop – URBAN CRISIS, Prime Minister's Initiative Fund – joint grant with Coventry University Serious Games Institute
  • 2009, Coventry Islandia: an emergency response exercise in Second Life, ASPIRE award, BES, £5,000
  • 2008-2009, E-learning project: Systems Theory, BES and CIPeL, Coventry University, £9,000
  • 2005-2007, Precursor to (Science and Policy Interfaces for Disaster Reduction) SPIDER Network, ESRC-NERC Seminar Series, £15,000
  • 2004-present, Assessment of post disaster agricultural aid interventions in the relief and recovery phase: opportunities for improved food security?, University Small Research Grant, £3,000
  • 2002-2003, Natural Hazards and the Tourism Industry, (CCDM) MSc Studentship, £23,000
  • 2001-2002, An Investigation into Geotechnical Engineering for Carcass Disposal: Foot and Mouth, (CCDM) MPhil Studentship, £2,300
  • 2000-2001, New Researcher's Grant, Nuffield, £2,300
Research Students:

M Phil: 1 completion  
MSc/MA by research: 7 completions  


  • Module Leader - 250GED Career Skills
  • Module Leader - 315GED Employment Skills
  • Module Leader - 223GED Warning and Informing
  • Module Leader - 323GED Community Resilience
  • Module Leader - M40GED Management of Environmental Disasters
  • Module Leader - 316GED Training and Exercising for Emergency Management
Other Responsibilities:

  • Employability Tutor for Department
  • Course Development Team – Joint MSc in Strategic Emergency Management Cabinet Office-Emergency Planning College and Coventry University (recruiting Jan 2012)
  • Member, Applied Research Group in Environmental Hazards and Risks
  • Associate Member, Serious Games Applied Research Group
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