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Dr Jennifer Cole is an Associate Fellow at RUSI. She was previously Senior Research Fellow, Resilience and Emergency Management from 2007-2017. Her research interests focused on the UK's emergency preparedness and response capabilities, with particular regard to CBRN(E), pandemics, flood management, cyber security, resilient communications and the role of training and exercising in resilience. In August 2017, she left RUSI to take up the position of Public Policy Health Adviser to the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.
She has regularly appeared as an expert on TV and radio, and has presented at conferences in the UK, Israel and India on topics ranging from interoperability to medical responses to terrorism and pandemics.
Jennifer is the editor, author or co-author of a number of reports and academic papers, including Combined Effect: A New Approach to Resilience (RUSI/Serco, 2010), Chemical, Biological and Radiological Materials: An Analysis of Security Risks and Terrorist Threats to India (RUSI/ORF, 2012), Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Identifying Future Research Themes (RUSI/STFC, 2013), Flood Risk Management: A National Defence and Security Concern (RUSI, 2014) and Serious Infectious Diseases: Challenges for Security and Defence (RUSI/STFC, 2015).
She has a degree in Biological Anthropology from Cambridge University and a PhD in Computer Science and Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her PhD thesis was entitled Online Discussion Forums During a Public Health Emergency, using the 2014-15 West African Ebola outbreak as a case study.