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Managing Director of Risk Frontiers, Macquarie University

John is the Managing Director of Risk Frontiers. He is also a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is interested in a wide range of issues pertaining to risk and natural disasters spanning from their quantification through to their public perception and policy implications arising from these. Such issues are all central to the mission of Risk Frontiers, which aims to improve community safety through a better understanding and rational management of natural hazard risks.

Risk Frontiers is an independent research centre based at Macquarie University, Sydney, that undertakes research into natural hazards and their impacts and helps the insurance sector price catastrophe risks in the Asia Pacific region. Natural hazards comprise bushfires, floods, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, volcanoes and heatwaves. Founded in 1994, it is a world leader in quantitative risk analysis and stochastic modelling. It has 20 specialist staff with skills ranging from physics and engineering, mathematics and statistics, meteorology, geophysics and seismology, social science and risk communication, geospatial analyses, decision analysis, and software engineering.

John has published two books: "Where Wine Flows like Water - A Gastronomic Pilgrimage through Spain" (HarperCollins, 1997) and second edition in 2012. These editions together with a novel about corruption in science called "Shifting Sands" are all available at as well as some selected bookshops.


  • –present
    Director, Risk Frontiers


  • 1979 
    University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA, PhD
  • 1977 
    University of Madison-Wisconsin , MS
  • 1972 
    University of Auckland, BSc (Hons) First Class in Physics