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Professor Malcolm Anderson

Professor Malcolm Anderson

Professor Malcolm Anderson
BSc(Nott), PhD(Cantab), DSc(Bristol), FICE, C Eng, AM ASCE

Visiting Fellow

Area of research

Slope stability and hydrology

Office QB1.20B
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5731


He is the author of over 200 papers and books, as well as industry-standard geotechncial software. Research level edited texts, all published by John Wiley, include Slope Stability - Geotechnical Engineering and Geomorphology; Modelling Geomorphological Systems; Process Studies in Hillslope Hydrology; Floodplain Processes; Advances in Hillslope Processes (2 Volumes);Model Validation - Perspectives in Hydrological Science; Landslide Hazard and Risk; Encyclopaedia of Hydrological Sciences (5 volumes). All these texts address the issue of water movement through soils and the links to the prediction of floods and landslides. He was awarded the Trevethick Prize by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, in 1996 and 2007, for papers on landslide prediction in developing coutries.

He has worked with many Government road research departments worldwide, predominantly in the Far East [Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia] and the Caribbean. A key product of this research was the Hydrological Design Manual for Slope Stability in the Tropics published by the UK Overseas Development Administration.

He is currrently working with the Disaster Risk Management Group (Latin America and Caribbean) at the World Bank in Washington DC on optimal ways of delivering on-the-ground implementation of landslide mitigation measures to the most vulnerable communities. His book (co-authored with Liz Holcombe) "Community-based landslide risk reduction: Managing disasters in small steps" was published by the World Bank in January 2013.

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Malcolm Anderson is a member of the Disaster Risk Management Group (Latin America and Caribbean) at the World Bank, Washington DC. He was a Visting Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford 2012-2014.

Professor Anderson was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Bristol (2005-9), where he was also previously Head of the School of Geographical Sciences. He undertook PhD research at the University of Cambridge and was elected to a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He was co-founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol. He has held a number of overseas appointments, including two twelve month appointments - as a research environmental engineer at the US Corps of Engineers principle research laboratory, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and that of senior consultant research geotechnical engineer to the Hong Kong Government.

Professor Anderson was a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council 2001-2007 and of the NERC Council Audit Committee 2003-2007. He was a member of the EPSRC Technology Opportunities Panel 2009-2011.

Processor Anderson is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the recipient of the Trevethick triennial prize awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1996 and 2007. He was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Hydrological Processes (Wiley-Blackwell), publishing 26 issues per year.



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