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Jon Coaffee


Professor of Urban Geography

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)

Director of the Midlands Graduate School

Email: J dot Coaffee at Warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: (+44) 024765 73291
Room: E2.23


Jon Coaffee is Professor in Urban Geography based in PAIS. His interdisciplinary research focuses upon the interplay of physical and socio-political aspects of urban resilience and national security and he has also published widely, especially on the impact of terrorism, climate change and other security concerns on the functioning of cities. During this research he has worked closely with a range of public, private and Third sector stakeholders to ensure his research is co-produced and has real world impact. Jon's work has been published in multiple disciplinary areas such as political science, geography, town planning, environmental science, sociology and civil engineering. Most notably he has published a series of monographs: Terrorism Risk and the City (2003), The Everyday Resilience of the City (2008), Terrorism Risk and the Global City: Towards Urban Resilience (2009), Sustaining and Securing the Olympic City (2011) Urban Resilience: Planning for Risk, Crisis and Uncertainty (2016), The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience (2016), Futureproof: How to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World and Security (2019), Security, Resilience and Planning: Planning's role in countering terrorism (2020) and The War on Terror and the Normalisation of Urban Security (2021). His work has also been supported by a significant number of EU and UK Research Council grants.

In terms of research leadership and management, Jon is a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Chair (Research) with a focus upon research impact, governance and ethics and an appointed member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network (SAN). He is also the Director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC), an Exchange Professor at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and an expert member of EU and UN policy groups linked ot protective security and disaster recovery.

In terms of post-graduate and early career research management, Jon is the overall Director of the Midlands Graduate School: an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, as well as Warwick's institutional lead. He is also the co-Director for the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress and the Deputy Director (Partnerships) for the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme TRANSFORM: Transformations of Human-Environment Interactions to Sustainable Development.

Jon is available to supervise PhD students in PAIS in the following topic areas:

  • Urban security
  • The politics and practices of resilience
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Political geography
  • Disaster management