Jennifer Cole

Jennifer is a Senior Research Fellow in Resilience and Emergency Management at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a Whitehall-based security and defence think tank. She studied Biological Anthropology at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University from 1989-92 and then worked in publishing before joining RUSI in 2007, initially as an editor working within the National Security and Resilience Department, but increasingly as a researcher on the emerging resilience and emergency management programmes. Her research at RUSI has covered the security challenges of Global Urbanisation; cyber security and the use of ICT systems by the UK emergency services and the military; interoperability and inter-agency cooperation of UK agencies involved in emergency and disaster response; and medical responses to health resilience challenges including CBRN attacks and serious infectious disease outbreaks. This latter strand in particular has led to her current studies at Royal Holloway University of London, where she is undertaking a PhD in Digital Epidemiology, jointly supervised by Computer Science and the Geography Department.

Thesis: Real-time epidemiology and epidemiological surveillance using mobile communications and social media