Prof. Iain Stewart

Prof. Iain Stewart
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute

Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and Director of its Sustainable Earth Institute. With a research background in geohazards (earthquake, tsunami and volcano science), he has developed a 15-year partnership with BBC Science making and presenting mainstream popular television documentaries about the planet, how it works, and what it means for those living on it. Many of those documentaries dealt with environmental risks, including BBC Horizon specials on the 2011 Japan earthquake, Florida sinkholes, Russian meteors and US fracking.

His current research now benefits from collaborations with human geographers, psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists, communicating to non-technical publics about climate change, geo-energy and disaster risk. As well as leading a current NERC Standard Grant on Geological Record of Earthquakes in the Lower Crust, he was Co-I on a NERC GCRF grant on Research for Emergency Aftershock Response. In 2013-2017 he was the UoP lead for a EU Marie Curie Integrated Training Network on Anatolian Plateau Climate and Tectonic Hazards. Stewart is involved in risk communication with international-facing agencies (DFID, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Council) and sits on advisory groups for the UN DRR Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Risk Communication and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). He leads the UNESCO IGCP project 685 on Geology for Sustainable Development and is the UNESCO Chair for ‘Geoscience and Society’.