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Professor of Urban Geography, University of Warwick

Jon Coaffee is Professor in Urban Geography based in PAIS. His research focuses upon the interplay of physical and socio-political aspects of urban resilience and he has also published widely, especially on the impact of terrorism and other security concerns on the functioning of urban areas. During this research he has worked closely with a range of private and governmental stakeholders to ensure his research has real world impact. This work has been published in multiple disciplinary areas such as political science, geography, town planning, sociology and civil engineering. Most notably he published Terrorism Risk and the City (2003), The Everyday Resilience of the City (2008), Terrorism Risk and the Global City: Towards Urban Resilience (2009), Sustaining and Securing the Olympic City (2011) Urban Resilience: Planning for Risk, Crisis and Uncertainty (2016) and the International Resilience Handbook (2016). His work has been supported by a significant number of EU and UK Research Council grants.

Jon is director of the Resilient Cities Laboratory (ResCity Lab) in PAIS, and the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC) and an Exchange Professor at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). He is also co-lead of the University’s Global Research Priority in Sustainable Cities.


  • –present
    Professor of Urban Geography , University of Warwick