Mark Pelling



Mark Pelling Ph.D
King’s College, London, UK


Mark is Professor of Geography at King’s College, London. Before this he was based at the Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK and the University of Guyana. His research interests are in the institutions and social relationships that shape vulnerability and adaptation to natural disasters, including those associated with climate change, and in the ways in which conflicting values and practices of development inform resilience and transformation in the face of environmental change.

Mark has served as a coordinating author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) and its Fifth Assessment Report. He also sits on the Scientific Steering Committees for the IGBP-IHDP core project Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) and the ICSU core project Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). He is on the Lead Expert group fo a UK Government Office of Science Foresight project on ‘Improving Future Disaster Anticipation and Resilience’.

Research Interests/Expertise: disaster risk reduction; adaptation to climate change; urban political ecology

Selected Publications

Adelekan, I., Johnson, C., Manda, M., Matyas, D., Mberu, B.U., Parnell, S., Pelling, M., Satterthwaite, D., & Vivekananda, J. (2015). Disaster risk and its reduction: an agenda for urban Africa. International Development Planning Review, 37(1), pp. 33 – 43. doi: 10.3828/idpr.2015.4

Manuel-Navarrete, D. & Pelling, M. (2015) Subjectivity and the politics of transformation in response to development and environmental change. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 35, pp. 558 – 569. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenycha.2015.08.012

Matyas, D. & Pelling, M. (2015). Positioning resilinece for 2015: the role of resistance, incremental adjustment and transformation in disaster risk management policy. Disasters, 39, pp. S1 – S18. doi:0.1111/disa.12107

Pelling, M., O’Brien, K., & Matyas, D. (2015). Adaptation and transformation. Climatic Change, 133(1), pp. 113 – 127. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1303-0

Zaidi, R.Z. & Pelling, M. (2015). Institutionally configured risk: Assessing urban resilience and disaster risk reduction to heat wave risk in London. Urban Studies, 52(7), pp. 1218 – 1233. doi:10.1177/0042098013510957