Carina Fearnley has a background in Geology and Mining, studied at Imperial College London (BSc and MSc) completing an exploration geologist internship at Rio Tinto. Before completing her PhD studies at UCL she worked in the London financial sector for three years in investment banking and stock brokering. Carina was lecturer in Environmental Hazards at Aberystwyth University for five years before taking a post at University College London (UCL) as Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, and remains an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Hazard Research Centre.
Carina is an interdisciplinary researcher within the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, focusing on the role of understanding and communicating uncertainty, risk, and complexity to develop resilience to natural and environmental hazards. Specifically, this research focuses on the need to reconceptualise natural hazard early warning systems by using interdisciplinary approaches to develop a better understanding of the physical and social sciences involved. Her research interests also explore the application and analysis of science and art collaborations for natural hazards, as well as the role of geopolitics in making early warning systems effective.
Keen to engage with the public, Carina has been on national and international TV and radio during volcanic ash crises events. She is a strong believer that interdisciplinary work can provide enormous benefit to problems that society face today that traditional disciplines cannot address alone, by bringing together the wealth of knowledge and techniques of different disciplines so that a better understanding of the problems can be developed, and consequently effective solutions found.