Dr Lucy Easthope

Dr Lucy Easthope is a Senior Fellow at the Emergency Planning College. She is a specialist advisor on recovery planning. Her wider training portfolio includes mass fatalities planning, legal aspects of emergencies, identifying lessons post incident, interoperability, and community resilience in practice. She is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand.

Lucy has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of organisations including airports and airlines, government bodies, charities, universities and police services. She has also participated in the response to major incidents including aviation disasters, the Bali terrorist attacks, and the operations at Brize Norton during the military campaign in Iraq.

She has a special interest in the care and return of personal effects after disaster, writing and advising internationally on this subject. Her further research interests include the effectiveness of legislation in the field of emergency management and the human aspects of risk management, insurance and business continuity processes. She presents regularly and engagements include presentations to survivors of the New Zealand earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, FEMA, Chinese government representatives, the Metropolitan Police and the American Academy of Forensic Science.

She is a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group. She is also the technical author of new governmental emergency response material and the book ‘The Recovery Myth’. She is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management and the International Journal of Emergency Services. She is the holder of an ESRC Urgency Grant awarded in 2014 researching the Disaster Victim Identification Process.

Lucy has a law degree from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Medicine awarded by Lancaster University.