Welcome to the website for David Lallemant’s research group. Our work is focused on modeling natural disaster risk and understanding the impact of disasters on society. We investigate the modeling and communication of uncertainty as it relates to disaster risk, and the translation of resilience science into policy.

Prof. Lallemant joined the NTU faculty from Stanford University, where he was a researcher and founder of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. He holds a PhD from Stanford University (2015), master’s degree from UC Berkeley (2010) and a bachelor’s degree from MIT (2007). His academic background is in earthquake sciences and engineering, predictive modeling, geostatistics, reliability analysis and others, used to conduct novel and impactful research to promote resilient societies.

Prof. Lallemant is also active in post-disaster response and recovery, which forms the basis for his research on post-disaster assessment and community resilience. He worked for two years in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and has been involved with the response and recovery following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and 2015 earthquake in Nepal. He regularly consults for the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

His awards include the 2018 National Research Foundation Fellowship ($3M grant for 5-year research), the Shah Family Fellowship on Catastrophic Risk, the John A. Blume Fellowship in Earthquake Engineering, the Development Impact Award and the World Bank Vice Presidential Unit Award (for work conducted in Haiti).

New Positions in the Disaster Analytics Group

We would like to bring your attention to new openings for PhD studentships, Research Assistants/Associates and Research Fellows. More information can be found in the “Opportunities” link:

Recent News

Dec 17, 2018 – Congratulations to Sabine Loos for passing her PhD qualifying exam! Sabine is now officially a PhD candidate with the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI) and recently spent an extended research visit at EOS. She is co-advised by Dr. David Lallemant and Dr. Jack Baker.

Dec 12, 2018 – Mariano Balbi presented his work on Probabilistic flood hazard mapping for urban risk analysis at the AGU conference in Washington, D.C. See his online poster at this link.

Dec 12, 2018 – Sabine Loos presented her work on Spatial integration of post-earthquake building damage data at the AGU conference in Washington, D.C. See her online poster at this link.

Dec 6, 2018 – David Lallemant, Yolanda Lin, Maricar Rabonza and Feroz Khan attended the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) research meeting at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in NTU.

Dec, 2018 –  New blog Informing Equitable Disaster Recovery: More than just economic losses, by Sabine Loos

15 Nov, 2018: Sabine Loos presented her work on data-integration for post-disaster impact assessment in Nepal at the Geo4Dev conference in Berkeley, CA.

01-02 Nov, 2018: David Lallemant spoke at Academia Sinica and the National University of Taiwan on “Future Directions in Disaster Risk Analysis”

05 Oct , 2018: David Lallemant was an invited speaker at Stanford University’s Blume Center and SURI meeting, where he presented on “Frontiers in Data Science”.

27 Feb, 2018: David Lallemant participated in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Natural Hazard Program strategic meeting at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.

24 Feb, 2018: Congratulations to Mariano Balbi for receiving the ‘Peruilh Scholarship’ for his PhD studies!

08 Feb, 2018: David Lallemant gave a presentation on “Ecosystem services for flood risk reduction” at the AOGS-EGU conference in the Philippines.

29 Jan, 2018: We were selected as a winner of the Development Data Innovations Fund selected by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data together with the World Bank’s Development Data group. Follow us as we work on this exciting collaborative project on Supporting equitable disaster recovery through mapping and integration of social-vulnerability into post-disaster impact assessments.”

6 Dec, 2017: David Lallemant gave a seminar, “Analytics for Dynamic Urban Risk and Disaster Impact Modeling” at Stanford University.

18 Sep, 2017: David Lallemant awarded the 2018 NRF Fellowship. The $3M research grant will support the creation of the first of its kind remote sensing and artificial intelligence lab for disaster analytics.

4 August, 2017: David Lallemant gave a presentation, “Predicting, Assessing and Reducing the Impact of Disasters on Cities,” at the Complexity Institute, NTU.

1 August, 2017: “Recent New” section launched. Stay tuned for updates!

Academic Positions


  • Ph.D. 2015

    Stanford University

    Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics - Focus on Mathematics of Disaster Risk

  • M.Sc. 2010

    U.C. Berkeley

    M.Sc. in Structural Engineering - Focus on Earthquake Engineering

  • B.Sc. 2007

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    B.Sc. in Civil & Environmental Engineering ; Minor in Urban Studies & Planning

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2014
    Google Earth Engine Research Award
    Research funds awarded to support work using Google’s Earth Engine analysis platform for rapid high-resolution earthquake risk analysis at urban and regional scales.
  • 2013
    Development Impact Honors Award - Haiti Post-Disaster Damage Assessment
    I developed and coordinated a World Bank project to evaluate damage following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The project led to the engineering evaluation of over 400,000 buildings in 6 months, and was instrumental in promoting the recovery of Port-au-Prince. Awarded by the United States Treasury, the award recognizes the “highest standard in development” undertaken by multi-lateral development organizations. This prestigious award is provided to only a single project by each multi-lateral development organization. The award was accepted by World Bank President Jim Kim from US Congressman Eliott Engel.

    See Press Release and CNN news coverage of the project.

  • 2013
    California Seismic Safety Commission Grant
    Co-wrote with the Global Earthquake Model foundation a successful grant proposal to research and model the earthquake recovery of cities.
  • 2012
    Shah Family Graduate Fellowship on Catastrophic Risk
    Fellowship awarded for research on catastrophic risk.
  • 2012
    NSF Grant – Urban Disaster Risk Forecasting
    Successfully applied for NSF grant for 3-year funding for research to forecast disaster risk in rapidly changing urban environments.
  • 2011
    John A. Blume Graduate Fellowship for Earthquake Engineering
    Fellowship for research in earthquake engineering and risk reduction.
  • 2011
    World Bank Vice Presidency Unit Award - Haiti Post-Disaster Response
    Awarded provided to the World Bank team based in Haiti for work on post-disaster damage assessment and recovery planning.
  • 2008
    P.K. Mehta Fellowship - U.C. Berkeley
    Fellowship awarded for research on earthquake resistant materials.