Prof Dave Petley graduated with a degree in Geography from King's College London and a PhD in Earth Science at UCL. His first academic post was a lectureship in Environmental Geology at the University of Sunderland followed by a lectureship in Engineering Geology at the University of Portsmouth.
He joined the University of Durham as a lecturer in Physical Geography in 2000 and was promoted to a readership in 2004. In 2006 he became the Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk, and shortly after took on the role as the first Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health with responsibility for research and enterprise.
In late 2009 Dave became the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and then in May 2012 he moved to become the Dean of Research and Global Engagement in May 2012. Dave managed the Durham submission for REF2014 as well as leading on the development of a new University Research Strategy and overseeing the development and implementation of the internationalisation strategy at Durham.
Dave Petley's research focuses on landslides, especially in high mountain areas in low income countries. In particular, he is interested in the use of novel combinations of field monitoring and laboratory testing to understand the internal mechanisms of mass movements. He also maintains a database of landslides that cause loss of life around the world.
Dave Petley is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and has overall responsibility for research, including the University's REF submission, our international research profile and our enterprise and engagement activities.
PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)
Jacqui Churchill, J.Churchill@uea.ac.uk, +44 (0) 1603 592735