Mohammad Ravankhah

Title of the dissertation

Earthquake disaster risk assessment for cultural World Heritage sites: the case of “Bam and its Cultural Landscape” in Iran

Year of graduation  



Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt, Prof. Thomas Will

Short Bio

Moh Ravankhah obtained a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Kashan, and an Master degree in Post-Disaster Reconstruction from Shahid Behashti University in Tehran, Iran. His research and teaching activities mainly fall in the area of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, in particular developing vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies and tools. Through his PhD research, he acquired specific expertise in risk assessment and management for cultural heritage sites and historic cities. He has 5-year professional experience in architectural engineering as well as 7-year academic experience in the areas of risk assessment and management as well as Environmental and Heritage Impact Assessment (EIA/HIA) in the context of urban and regional development. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research to enhance disaster resilience and climate adaptation in urban heritage, urban planning and regional development. He has published several journal papers and book chapters with respect to multi-hazard scenarios, disaster resilience, earthquake risk assessment, risk preparedness and post-disaster sustainable development. He worked as an academic assistant in the Chair of Environmental Planning at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg for three years. Since 2016, he has been working in the Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning at the University of Stuttgart, where he is currently doing a postdoc.

Selected publications

2017, Ravankhah, M., Schmidt, M. & Will, Th., Multi-Hazard Disaster Risk Identification for World Cultural Heritage Sites in Seismic Zones

, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald Publishing, Vol 7, 3, pp.272-289.

2017, Ravankhah, M., Chmutina. K., Schmidt, M. & Bosher, L., Integration of Cultural Heritage into Disaster Risk Management: Challenges and Opportunities for Increased Disaster Resilience, Going Beyond– Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies No 2, Springer Publishing. No 2, pp.307-321.

2016, Ravankhah, M., Schmidt, M., Earthen architectural heritage in earthquake prone areas: an integrated approach to disaster risk, The Book of Earth Constructions and Tradition, Vienna University of Technology & Institute of Comparative Research in Architecture, Austria. Vol 1, pp.159-166.

2015, Ravankhah, M., Disaster Risk Management for Bam and its Cultural Landscape in Iran, 10th UNESCO International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage, Kyoto, Kobe and Tohoku area, Japan, 12-28 Sep. 2015, conference proceeding: pp. 52-55.

2014, Ravankhah, M., Schmidt, M., Developing Methodology of Disaster Risk Assessment for Cultural Heritage Sites, RDS at 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, incorporating the 3rd Annual Meeting of the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, Salford Quays, UK, 8-10 September 2014, conference proceeding: pp. 13-22.

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