Dr Grace Campbell
I am an earthquake geologist and remote sensing specialist in Arup's Natural Hazard and Risk Management Team. I work with engineers and scientists to better quantify and mitigate the impacts of earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, floods and climate change on people and places. Our work is international and affects a wide range of our projects, from master planning to seismic design and international development.
My interest in sustainable engineering solutions to increase resilience to natural hazards stems from my PhD researching earthquakes in Central Asia, during which I planned and led field expeditions to remote, mountainous parts of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. A valuable part of this work was to help build the knowledge and awareness of earthquakes within institutions and communities in countries across the Alpine-Himalayan region as part of the Earthquakes without Frontiers initiative.
Some of the most interesting and meaningful work I have been involved in at Arup is related to natural hazard, risk and post-disaster assessment and regenerative design. As part of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team I assessed the impacts of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, Japan; and I have worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services to help develop a remediation and regenerative engineering design for an area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, that was devastated following a fatal landslide in 2017.
More recently, I have turned my remote sensing skills to address challenges around biodiversity loss, using satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms to map habitats and to research how satellite data can be used to detect and monitor waste, such as plastics and other pollutants, from space.
In 2021, I was very proud to be recognised as an engineering hero in the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards.