JAMES EDWARD DANIELL is an Australian residing in Germany. He was born in Canberra and raised in Adelaide and currently lives in Karlsruhe, Germany; having lived in Grenoble, France, and Pavia, Italy, previously. James speaks several languages and his work spans the world, with a base in Germany. 


James studied at the University of Adelaide, completing an Honours Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (1st Class), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics. He was awarded the Honours Alumni University Medal for 2007, a University Medal and numerous other scholarships, prizes and sports awards during his time at the university. After a short stint in petroleum engineering, he moved to Europe taking up an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, and was awarded a MSc. (Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology) from University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France and University of Pavia, Italy.


In 2008, James was awarded the most prestigious postgraduate award from Australia: a General Sir John Monash Award. As a John Monash Scholar, James chose to undertake a PhD at the Geophysical Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, producing a new methodology for rapid global earthquake loss estimation allowing for accurate economic and social losses estimation, within hours of an event. He was awarded a Doctor of Engineering in 2014 with "summa cum laude". 


Over the past five years, James has also produced teaching courses on risk analysis; managed various risk assessment projects in Germany and elsewhere in the world; produced various software packages; contributed to EU Projects: and worked for the World Bank and other NGOs in the field of natural hazards risk.














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Natural Hazards Risk Engineer





“Only by looking to the past is it possible to model the future. Accurate historic loss information and analysis is key to modelling natural hazards risk.





Phone: 0049 170 4627 640

Email: j.e.daniell@gmail.com

Main Location: Zur Ziegelhuette 23

76228 Karlsruhe, Germany






  • CATDAT Natural Disaster Socioeconomic Loss & Indices Database Founder
  • Natural Disaster Loss Modelling for Companies, Insurers and Reinsurers
  • Earthquake Report (www.earthquake-report.com) Contributor
  • World Bank GFDRR Review of Open Access Natural Hazards Risk Software Packages
  • Civil Engineering, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering Projects & Software Production
  • Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) Forensic Disaster Analysis, Loss Analyses, Modelling
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Various European Union, KIT Projects & Masters and Bachelor Student Supervision
  • World Bank Institute "Earthquake Risk Analysis" Course
  • Numerous Publications (Books, Book Chapters, Journal Papers, Conference Papers and Technical Reports) - see ResearchGate