Dissertation Title:

Earthquake Risk Assessment for World Cultural Heritage Sites at Seismic Urban Areas: the case of Bam and its Cultural Landscape in Iran (working title)

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Schmidt, Prof. Thomas Will (TU Dresden)

Cultural heritage properties are exposed to numerous disasters resulting from natural hazards such as earthquake which have caused serious damage to their tangible and intangible attributes. The 2003 devastating earthquake in historic city of Bam had a massive impact on its cultural landscape as well as associated community. Although hazards such as earthquake cannot be entirely prevented, mitigation measures can effectively reduce risks of disaster. Obviously, the first step in the process is to identify and analyse potential risks threatening vulnerable World Heritage sites before, during and after an earthquake. This research aims to assess direct and indirect risks of earthquake on material and immaterial aspects of World Cultural Heritage sites, and specifically in the case of Bam and its Cultural Landscape to secure and sustain its OUV and associated conditions of authenticity and integrity.

Short Bio:

Moh Ravankhah obtained a BSc in Architectural Engineering from University of Kashan, and an MSc in Post- Disaster Reconstruction from Shahid Behashti University in Tehran, Iran. Throughout his study, he collaborated in some projects such as rehabilitation project of historic district of Kashan and restoration project for historic Bazaar of Qom. In 2012, he became a PhD candidate at BTU in Heritage Studies. His major research interest lies in the areas of: disaster risk assessment/management for cultural heritage, heritage impact assessment, and climate change impact assessment for heritage properties. Currently, he is also an academic assistant in the chair of Environmental Planning at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.