Carina Fearnley is an interdisciplinary researcher, drawing on relevant expertise in the social sciences to enable concepts of scientific uncertainty, risk, and complexity to be re-framed and communicated within the context of Disaster Risk Reduction and provide practical insights into how, early warning systems specifically, can be made more effective. Another key area of interest is in the transdisciplinary potential of art and science collaborations around environmental hazards, and the role of geopolitics in the production of risk. She is a strong believer that interdisciplinary work can provide enormous benefit to problems that society faces today that traditional disciplines cannot address alone by bringing together the wealth of knowledge and techniques of different disciplines so that a better understanding of the problems can be developed, and consequently effective solutions found.
Carina is currently an Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London (UCL), and an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Hazard Research Centre. She has a background in Geology and Mining following studies at Imperial College London (BSc and MSc) and completing an exploration geologist internship at Rio Tinto. Before completing her PhD studies at UCL Carina worked in the London financial sector for three years in investment banking and stock brokering. Following the PhD she was a lecturer in Environmental Hazards at Aberystwyth University for five years.
Keen to engage with the public, Carina has been on worldwide, national, and local radio (largely BBC) and TV during numerous volcanic and tsunami crises, invited expert with the Nature Live Team at the Natural History Museum, and been involved in Science Showoff, Soapbox Science, Pint of Science, Athena SWAN initiatives, and Muso-IMPROPERA. In addition Carina has worked on an Art collaborations including 'The Other Volcano' with Nelly Ben Hayoun, and ‘Beside the Ocean of Time’ with Anne Bevan, co-organising and presenting a ‘Deep Time’ festival in Orkney.
Carina is currently Secretary of the Cities and Volcanoes Commission of IAVCEI, and co-founded and leads the World Organisation of Volcanoes (WOVO) Volcano Alert Level Working Group. She is a regular consultant for the Bournemouth Disaster Management Centre based at Bournemouth University, conducting CPD courses in the Middle East, particularly focused on tsunami risk. In 2009 she co-organised an international conference on '‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Natural Hazards' that explored ways to put research into practice, and continues to collaborate with scholars and practitioners over the world, particularly in New Zealand, the USA, Iceland, and Italy via conferences, workshops, visiting scholarships, and research. Carina is a fellow of the Geological Society, The Royal Geographical Society, the Higher Education Academy and a member of IAVCEI.