National Autonomous University of Mexico



Irasema Alcántara-Ayala is former Director and current Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 

She previously served as a member of the Committee of Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) of the International Science Council (ISC, former ICSU), and as Vice-President of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), and the International Geographical Union (IGU).

Irasema is currently a member of the International Geoscience Programme Council (IGCP) Scientific Board, UNESCO; Chair of the Disaster Risk Reduction Steering Committee of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Science Council (ISC-ROLAC); and Vice-President of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme of the International Science Council (ISC-IRDR). Since 2000, she has also been working in collaboration with the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) in Mexico.

Research Interests

KeywordsLandslides, Disaster Risk, Integrated Research, Forensic Investigations of Disasters, Hazards, Vulnerability, Risk Perception, Risk Communication.

Irasema Alcántara-Ayala’s research seeks to understand the root causes and drivers of disaster risk, and to promote an integrated research perspective on disaster risk. She is interested in disaster risk perception and communication, the development of early warning articulated systems for landslides and other hazards, and in bridging the gap between science and policymaking.


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