Benjamin J. Ryan, MPH
Associate Professor

Area of Expertise: Community Resilience, Disaster Management, Environmental Security, Global Health and Regional Disaster Coordination

BENJAMIN J. RYAN, MPH photoMr. Benjamin Ryan joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in August 2017. His areas of expertise are community resilience, disaster management, environmental security, global health and regional disaster  coordination. He has a special interest in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities across the Asia-Pacific.

He has led workshops, training, lectures and activities in his areas of expertise across the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. His field experience includes responses to natural disasters and disease outbreaks (including Ebola and Dengue), mass casualty incidents, failures of critical business functions, leading health sector preparations for the G20 Finance Ministers meetings held in Australia, managing projects in Australian Indigenous communities and facilitating delivery of health services to asylum seekers. He has also worked at local, state and federal levels of government in Australia.

Mr. Ryan recently completed the research element of his PhD at James Cook University, Australia, where he developed strategies for reducing the impact of disasters on people with non-communicable diseases. He has completed a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health at Griffith University, Australia, where he received an award for academic excellence.

He has also collaborated with researchers in Australia and Japan to improve evacuation centre standards for vulnerable groups and actively supported the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Global Education and Training Institute (UNISDR-GETI) efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Mr. Ryan has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, guidelines, a textbook chapter and conducted media interviews relating to disaster management and the environmental health aspects of disasters.

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