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Dr Joanna Faure Walker
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Faure Walker and Crawford (2017) Cash in a housing context: Transitional Shelter and recovery in Japan, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 24 216-231

Wedmore, Faure Walker, Roberts, Sammonds, McCaffrey, Cowie (2017) A 667 year record of coseismic and interseismic Coulomb stress changes in central Italy reveals the role of fault interaction in controlling irregular earthquake recurrence intervals, Journal of Geophysical Research 122 7 5691-5711

Mildon, Roberts, Faure Walker, Iezzi (2017), Coulomb stress transfer and fault interaction over millennia on non-planar active normal faults: the Mw 6.5-5.0 seismic sequence of 2016-2017, central Italy, Geophysical Journal International 210 2 1206-1218

Cowie, Phillips, Roberts, McCaffrey, Zijerveld, Gregory, Faure Walker, et al. (2017), Orogen-scale uplift in the central Italian Apennines drives episodic behaviour of earthquake faults, Scientific Reports 7 44858

Livio, et al. (2016) Surface faulting during the August 24, 2016, Central Italy earthquake (Mw 6.0): preliminary results, Annals of Geophyscics 59 Fast Track 5

Mildon, Toda, Faure Walker, Roberts (2016), Evaluating models of Coulomb stress transfer - is variable fault geometry important? Geophysical Research Letters 43

Mildon, Roberts, Faure Walker, Wedmore, McCaffrey (2016) Active normal faulting during the 1997 seismic sequence in Colfiorito, Umbria: Did slip propagate to the surface? Journal of Structural Geology 91 102-113

Faure Walker et al. (2015) Long-term strain rates as a tool for understanding the mechanics of continental extension and the importance of local 3D fault geometry for local throw-rates across faults, 6th Int. INQUA Meeting 27 150-154

Wilkinson, Roberts, McCaffrey, Cowie, Faure Walker, et al. (2015) Slip distributions on active normal faults measured from LiDAR and field mapping of geomorphic offsets: an example from L’Aquila, Italy, and implications for modelling seismic moment release, Geomorphology 237 130-141

Cowie, Scholz, Roberts, Faure Walker, Sheer (2013) Viscous roots of active seismogenic faults revealed by geologic slip rate variations, Nature Geoscience 6 1036-1040

Faure Walker (2013) Financial Management and Japan earthquake insurance, Chapter 8 in Recovery two years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, EEFIT mission report

Faure Walker, Roberts, Cowie, Papanikolaou, Michetti, Sammonds, Wilkinson, McCaffrey, Phillips (2012) Relationship between topography, rates of extension and mantle dynamics in the actively-extending Italian Apennines, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 325-326 76-84

Rossetto, Peiris, Alarcon, So, Sargeant, Free, Sword-Daniels, Del Re, Libberton, Verrucci, Sammonds, Faure Walker (2011) Field observations from the Aquila, Italy Earthquake of April 6, 2009, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 9 1

Faure Walker, Roberts, Sammonds, Cowie (2010) Comparison of earthquake strains over 100 and 10,000 year timescales: insights into variability in the seismic cycle in the central Apennines, Italy, Journal of Geophysical Research 115 B10418

Roberts et al. (2010) Shallow subsurface structure of the 2009 April 6 Mw 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake surface rupture at Paganica, investigated with ground-penetrating radar, Geophysical Journal International 183 774-790

Faure Walker, Roberts, Cowie, Papanikolaou, Michetti, Sammonds, Phillips (2009) Horizontal strain-rates and throw-rates for breached relay-zones: an example from active normal faults in the Apennines, Italy, Journal of Structural Geology 31 1145-1160
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The UCL-IRDR promotes doing scientific research that can influence disaster risk reduction practice within academia, industry, NGOs and government. 

Faure Walker's main research interests include earthquake geology and seismic hazard. Her principal publications focus on the importance of fault geometry and rates of motion in understanding fault interactions, fault growth and the dynamic forces controlling these.
Joanna's research has provided new insights into regional mechanisms of continental extension, fault growth, the seismic cycle and seismic hazard. She has shown the long-term spatial distribution of deformation along faults within the Italian Apennines by calculating strain-rates using field measurements of slip-vectors from striated faults and offsets of 15kyr Late Pleistocene -Holocene landforms and sediments. By comparing her results with strain-rates calculated using geodesy and historical seismicity over shorter timescales, she has shown that the spatial pattern of earthquake recurrence is controlled by fault evolution, interaction and sub-crustal processes (Faure Walker et al., 2010, 2012, Cowie et al., 2017, Wedmore et al., 2017). Comparing the fault-derived strain-rates with uplift rates and topography, she has shown how brittle deformation at the surface is related to viscous deformation at depth via a power law as predicted by laboratory equations (Cowie et al., 2013, Faure Walker et al., 2010, 2012). Her work developing the “geometry-dependent throw-rate theory” has demonstrated the role of local 3D geometry (strike and dip) of faults for local throw-rates (vertical component of slip-rate) and hence strain-rates and moment release across faults (Faure Walker et al., 2009, 2015, Wilkinson et al., 2015, Mildon et al., 2016). This has provided a breakthrough regarding breach fault evolution (Faure Walker et al., 2009). Recent work has investigated how detailed fault geometries affect Coulomb Stress Transfer calculations (Mildon et al., 2016, 2017) and slip in individual earthquakes (Iezzi et al., submitted manuscript). 

Faure Walker has participated in post disaster investigations abroad in Japan, Italy and the Philippines, with a particular focus on vulnerability in the transitional phase of recovery and public perception of risk (Faure Walker et al., 2013, 2014, Faure Walker, 2013, D’Ayala et al., 2017). Her findings have highlighted the need to place post-disaster shelter in the context of pre-existing housing conditions including the financial and construction systems (Faure Walker and Crawford, 2017).
Teaching Summary

Joanna is the IRDR Director of Studies and Programme Director for the IRDR MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience. She lectures on natural hazards, vulnerability, risk and their integration into decision-making. She is the module tutor for the UCL masters-level courses: “Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction” and “Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability”. Joanna has taught on a number of undergraduate, masters and PhD training modules for UCL and Birkbeck, such as active tectonics, geophysical hazards, structural geology, geology for civil engineers, earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard. She has taught geophysical techniques, geological mapping, and risk assessment on fieldtrips in the U.K., Italy, and Greece.

Joanna has experience teaching to a wide range of audiences. In addition to her university teaching, she has taught on professional training courses covering topics such as earthquake hazard, landslide hazard, extreme events, exposure and vulnerability, data availability, and communicating disaster risk reduction. She was the co-chair for the “Educating Future Leaders in Understanding Risk” session at the Third Understanding Risk Forum organised by the World Bank.

Academic Background
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Earth Science University College London
2006 MSci Master of Natural Science – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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