Denis Fischbacher-Smith

Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, University of Glasgow

Before moving to Glasgow Denis was Professor of Management at the University of Liverpool where he was also the founding director of the University of Liverpool Management School, which he was appointed to establish in January 2002. Whilst at Liverpool, he also headed the Science Enterprise Centre (ULSEC). Prior to Liverpool he was previously Professor of Management at the Universities of Sheffield, Durham and John Moores (where he was also Director of the Management School). He has also been a visiting professor at the Universities of Kobe (Japan), San Diego State (USA) and Innsbruck (Austria). He has been a visiting fellow at the Wolfson Institute at the University of Durham and a visiting professor at Brunel University. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Manchester and both Leicester and Nottingham Polytechnics. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Risk Management at the Crighton Institute (Dumfries) and at Edge Hill University.

A graduate of the Universities of Manchester, Glasgow, St Andrews, the Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the CNAA, Denis holds Batchelor’s degrees in Geography/Environmental Science (BEd) and Science (BSc), Masters degrees in Pollution Control (MSc), Applied Psychology (MSc), Psychology in Forensic Settings (MSc), Management (MBA), Terrorism Studies (MLitt), War Studies (MLitt), and Public Health (MPH). He holds a DLitt in Crisis Management (Glasgow) and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (Manchester). His doctoral thesis was concerned with the role of risk analytical data in policy making around major hazard installations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Security Institute (FSyI), the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF) and the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He is also a Chartered Geographer (CGeog), a Chartered Security Professional (CsyP), a Chartered Ergonomist & Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF), a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), and a Chartered Manager (CMgr). In addition, he is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Professor Fischbacher-Smith’s work has been concerned with issues of risk management, business continuity and resilience and this has been carried out over a 35 year period.


  • –present
    Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, University of Glasgow
  • 2002–2006
    Professor, University of Liverpool
  • 1999–2001
    Professor, University of Sheffield
  • 1995–1999
    Professor, University of Durham
  • 1991–1995
    Professor, Liverpool JMU

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF)
  • Chartered Security Professional (CSyP)
  • Chartered Manager (CMgr)
  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)