Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from the UK’s Leading Expert in Disaster | How To Academy



Thu, 31 March 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from the UK’s Leading Expert in Disaster

Professor Dame Sue Black Meets Lucy Easthope

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Earthquake. War. Flood. Fire. Terrorist attack. Plane crash. Pandemic. No one expects to experience one of these events, let alone all of them…

Lucy Easthope has lived with disaster her whole life. From witnessing the impact of Hillsborough on her childhood hometown as a young girl to planning for and providing relief for those affected by events including 9/11, the Iraq War and the Grenfell Fire.

Lucy plans for unthinkable, life-changing events. When a plane crashes, a tower block bursts into flames or a pandemic breaks out, she’s the one they call. In every catastrophe, she is there to pick up the pieces and prepare for the next one. Her job is to plan for when things go wrong and respond with action and insight when it does. Disaster exposes us, our society, and our leaders, to our core.

In this livestream conversation with Professor Dame Sue Black, Lucy will look back at a life spent on the edges of disaster – telling the story of disaster relief as the little known profession it is. It promises to be an astonishing look behind the scenes of every major disaster of the past two decades, including 9/11, the 7/7 bombings, the Shoreham air disaster, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Covid-19 pandemic – Lucy worked on them all.

It’s as much a story of community and coping, as it is about moments of tragedy, and how, when the dust actually settles, is when the most important work is to be done.

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Professor Dame Sue Black

Forensic Anthropologist

A leading anatomist and forensic anthropologist, Professor Dame Sue Black took up the newly-created post of Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University in August 2018. She was the lead forensic anthropologist for the UK response to war crimes investigations in Kosovo and has also served in Sierra Leone, Grenada, Iraq and in Thailand following the Asian tsunami. She has been awarded two police commendations for her work in Disaster Victim Identification training and also for helping to secure convictions against perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

Professor Lucy Easthope

Leading Authority on Disaster Recovery

Professor Lucy Easthope is the UK’s leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has a degree in law, a PhD in medicine and a Masters in risk, crisis and disaster management. She is also Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. She has been an advisor on nearly every major disaster of the past two decades, and has travelled across the world in her unique role, seeing the very worst that people have to endure.