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Dr. Vicente Sandoval


Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate

BMBF-Project: "INCREASE: Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Increasing the Resilience of the Population in Iran and Germany in Times of Covid-19 and Climate Change”

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 117
12165 Berlin


  • Ph.D. Development Planning. Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London (2017).
  • M.Sc. Urban Management. Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin (2011).
  • B.A. Design. Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile (2007).

Recent academic/professional positions (selection)

  • Since 01/2020. Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin. Project title “Natural Hazards Governance in Chile”.
  • From 08-2017 to 08/2019. Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Extreme Events Institute, Florida International University (FIU). Working at the USAID’s funded project “Disaster Resilience in the Americas Program (DRCAP)”.
  • Since 07/2015. Editor-in-Chief and Manager of the “Journal of Latin American Studies on Disaster Risk Reduction REDER”, Santiago (Chile). http://www.revistareder.com
  • Since 2007. International independent consultant with experience in the Chile, Germany, Spain, UK, and USA.

Grants and Scholarships

  • BUA’s Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) Inaugural Call (2020).
  • Freie Universität Berlin’s International Cooperation Grant (2016).
  • Chile Global Network Grant (2015).
  • University College London’s Field Research Grant (2013).
  • BecasChile’s Master & Doctoral studies scholarships (2009 & 2011).
  • UC-Temuco Undergraduate Scholarship (2002-2007).

Active memberships and other affiliations (in 2020)

  • Member of the UNDRR GRAF Working Groups (2020-2022). Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
  • Research member of the CONVERGE Working group Disaster Capitalism & COVID-19. The National Science Foundation Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI), Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder.Associate member of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction. http://www.gndr.org
  • Founding member of the NGO Corporación Gestión de Riesgos y Desastres GRID-Chile. https://www.gridchile.org
  • Editor of ForoAlfa, Argentina (Online design magazine). http://www.foroalfa.org
  • Member of i-Rec Network – Information and Research for Reconstruction. http://www.grif.umontreal.ca/i-rec/members.html
  • Member of the Talent Network for Innovation ChileGlobal.
  • Columnist and member of the RedEncuentros. http://redencuentros.org


Areas of specialisation

  • Development Studies, especially on Disaster Risk Reduction & Urban Studies
  • Urban Resilience and Environmental Justice research
  • Urban Disaster Risk Governance (experience in Nature-based solutions)
  • Urban informality in the Latin American and the Caribbean region
  • Qualitative design, surveying, and statistical analysis (SPSS & R)
  • Urban Street Network Analysis with GIS
  • Risks analysis through Urban Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (U-VCA)
  • Evidence-based research approach

Consultancy, evaluation and advisory board

  • Expert Evaluator for EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (H2020), from the Research Executive Agency (REA), European Commission.
  • Expert Evaluator for the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development FONDECYT, from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research CONICYT, Chile.
  • Scholar Evaluator for the Times Higher Education – World Universities Rankings, in collaboration with Elsevier. Evaluations in 2016 and 2020.
  • Advisory Board Member of the Chilean Corporation for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction GRID Chile.

Reviewer for peer-reviewed indexed journals and edited books/series

  • Natural Hazards Review (NHR). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), US.
  • Disasters. Wiley & Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK.
  • Disaster Prevention and Management, An International Journal (DPM). Emerald, UK.
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR). Elsevier, UK.
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). MDPI, Switzerland.
  • Politics and Governance (PaG). Cogitatio Press, Portugal.
  • Human Organization (HO). Society for Applied Anthropology, US.
  • Antipode. Wiley, UK.
  • Universitas Psychologica (UP). Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.
  • Revista Geografía Norte Grande. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • Fire. MDPI, Switzerland.
  • Journal of Latin American Studies on Disaster Risk Reduction (REDER). GRID Chile & Universidad de Chile, Chile.
  • British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS). Science & Knowledge House Ltd., UK.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia Natural Hazards Science – Governance. Oxford Press, UK.
  • Ideas desde el Reino Unido: Críticas y Propuestas para el Desarrollo de Chile. IdeasDesdeRU, UK.
  • Integrative Risk and Security Research Series. Th-Köln, Germany.
  • ChileGlobal Seminars UK 2013-2014. ChileGlobal Seminars UK, UK.

Selection. A complete list here: https://vicentesandoval.wordpress.com/academic-publications

  • Sandoval, V., Wisner, B. & Voss, M. (2021). Natural Hazards Governance in Chile. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards Governance. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.364
  • González-Muzzio, C., Sandoval, V., & Castro, C.P. (2021). Resisting Disaster Capitalism during Covid-19 in Chile: People fight back. In P. Filion, B. Doucet, & R. van Melik (Eds.), Global Reflections on Covid-19 and Urban Inequalities: Vol. 4. Policy and Planning (pp. 121–132). Bristol University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1t4m1p7.18
  • Cornejo, P., Guerrero, N., & Sandoval, V. (2021). Aerodynamic Dispersion of Respiratory Droplets and Aerosols by Turbulent Airflow. Fluids, 6(3), 119. https://doi.org/10.3390/fluids6030119
  • Sandoval, V., Gonzalez-Muzzio, C., Villalobos, C., Sarmiento, J.P. & Hoberman, G. (2020). Assessing Disaster Capitalism in Post-disaster Processes in Chile: Neoliberal Reforms and the Role of Corporate Class. Disaster Prevention and Management, 29(6), 831-847.https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-01-2020-0005
  • Sandoval, V., Sarmiento, J.P., Mazariegos, E. & Oviedo, D. (2020). Exploring Network Analysis for Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction in Informal Settlements: Cases From Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru. International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management IJDREM, 3(1), 30-45. http://doi.org/10.4018/IJDREM.2020010103
  • Sandoval, V. & Sarmiento, J.P. (2020). A Neglected Issue: Informal Settlements, Urban Development, and Disaster Risk Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. Disaster Prevention and Management, 29(5), 731-745. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-04-2020-0115
  • Sandoval, V. & Sarmiento, J.P. (2019). A neglected issue: Informal settlements, urban development, and disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contributing Paper to the UNDRR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR2019). Geneva: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNDRR. eISBN: 978-92-1-004180-5. Available at: https://www.preventionweb.net/go/66656
  • Sarmiento, J.P., Polak, S. & Sandoval, V. (2019). An Evidence-Based Urban DRR Strategy for Informal Settlements, Disaster Prevention and Management, 28(3), 371-385. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-08-2018-0263
  • Sandoval, V. (2019). Urban governance and informal settlements. Crisis Response Journal CRJ, 14(3), 22-23. Available at http://www.crj.co/archive/article.php?num=1402
  • Sandoval, V., Hoberman, G. & Jerath, M. (2019). Urban Informality: Global and Regional Trends, DRR Faculty Publications, 16, 1-18. Available at https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/drr_fac/16
  • Sandoval, V. & Marín, A. (2019). Resiliencia ante desastres socionaturales para el desarrollo turístico, Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres REDER, 3(1), 1-4. http://revistareder.com/handle-0719-8477-2019-021
  • Sandoval, V. (2019). Bien. Los desastres no son naturales ¿y ahora qué? Corporación Gestión de Riesgos y Desastres GRID Chile – Opinion [online]. Available at http://gridchile.org/bldnsnyaq
  • Sandoval, V. (2018). Discursive arguments around disasters in history: The case of Chile, International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management IJDREM, 1(2), 64-76. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJDREM.2018040105
  • Sarmiento, J.P., Sandoval, V., Jerath, M., Hoberman, G., Arrieta, A., Chen, W., Lidth de Jeude, M., Schütte, O., Mazariegos, E., Palacios, E., Cardona, O.D., Bernal, G., Ruiz, P., Rosales, E. & Polak, S. (2018). Performance Evaluation in LAC Urban DRR Programming: The Neighborhood Approach. United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ISBN: 978-0-9988489-2-1. Available at https://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PA00T34V.pdf
  • Sarmiento, J.P., Sandoval, V., Jerath, M., Hoberman, G., Arrieta, A., Chen, W., Lidth de Jeude, M., Schütte, O., Mazariegos, E., Palacios, E., Cardona, O.D., Bernal, G., Ruiz, P., Rosales, E. & Polak, S. (2018). Evaluación de Desempeño del Programa de RRD Urbano en Latinoamérica y el Caribe: El Enfoque de Barrio. United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ISBN: 978-0-9988489-3-8. Available at https://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PA00T34W.pdf
  • Sandoval, V. & Sarmiento, J.P. (2018). Una mirada sobre la gobernanza del riesgo y la resiliencia urbana en América Latina y El Caribe: Los asentamientos informales en la Nueva Agenda Urbana, Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres REDER, 2(1), 38–52. http://revistareder.com/handle-0719-8477-2018-011
  • Sandoval, V. & Voss, M. (2018). ‘Multi-scalar disaster governance and vulnerability in Chile’, Chapter II. In Forino, G., Bonati, S. and Calandra, L. M. (Eds.), Governance of Risk, Hazards and Disasters: Trends in Theory and Practice (pp.27-42). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315463896-3
  • Gonzalez-Muzzio, C. & Sandoval, V. (2018). ‘Capitalismo de desastre en procesos de reconstrucción en Chile’, Chapter 1.1. In Inzulza, J., Maragaño, A., Boano, C. and Díaz, I., Reconstrucción de ciudades intermedias en el siglo XXI: Procesos de gentrificación post desastres naturales (pp.41-52). Talca, Chile: Editorial Universidad de Talca. ISBN: 978-956-329-082-0
  • Sandoval, V., Gonzalez-Muzzio, C., & Albornoz, C. (2017). ‘Post-disaster institutional and community responses: Uneven outcomes on environmental justice and resilience in Chaitén, Chile’, Chapter V. In Allen, A. Griffin, L., & Johnson, C. (Eds.), Environmental Justice, Urbanization and Resilience in the Global South (pp.79-94). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-47354-7_5
  • Sandoval, V., & Voss, M. (2016). Disaster Governance and Vulnerability: The Case of Chile. Politics and Governance, 4(4), 107-116. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v4i4.743
  • González-Muzzio, C. & Sandoval, V. (2016). Resilient responses from communities and companies after the 2010 Maule earthquake in Chile. Background paper for the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 in Sendai, Japan. In The State of DRR at the Local Level – A 2015 Report on the Patterns of Disaster Risk Reduction Actions at Local Level. Geneva: UNISDR. Available at https://www.undrr.org/we/inform/publications/48289
  • Sandoval, V. & González-Muzzio, C. (2015). Examining ‘disaster capitalism’: post-disaster actions in Chile. In Johnson, C. (Ed.) Conference proceedings for the 7th International i-Rec Conference: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts. London & Montreal: Groupe de recherche IF, GRIF, Université de Montréal. ISBN: 978-2-9815234-0-2 Available at http://www.grif.umontreal.ca/i-Rec2015/conferenceIREC2015papers.html
  • Sandoval, V., Boano, C., Gonzalez-Muzzio, C., & Albornoz, C. (2015). Explorando Potenciales Vínculos entre Resiliencia y Justicia Ambiental: El Caso de Chaitén, Chile, Magallania, 43(3), pp.37-49. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442015000300004
  • Beltrán-del-Rio, L., Brown, L., El-Mouelhi, H., Félix-Carlos, A. L., Fokdal, J., Hossain-Mohammad, I., Hyun-Kim, S., Ihsan-Abdullsamad, K., Momen, K., Queiroz, P., Rabe, C., Ruiz-Remolina, A. I., Sandoval, V., Santos, R., Soares-Barbizan, T., Suryaningrum, F., Torres, I., Vanderhuck, C. & Zehner, C. (2010). Improving Informal Areas in Greater Cairo: The Cases of Ezzbet Al Nasr and Dayer El Nahia. Cairo: German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) & Technische Universität Berlin. https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-2830
Berlin Southern Theory Lecture