Hannah Baker is a Research Associate on the project Expertise Under Pressure, funded by the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation.
The aim of Hannah’s research is to explore expertise within the context of the UK’s Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), who provide advice to support government decision-makers during an emergency. She will identify how experts are selected to give advice, the processes that are undertaken to convert these expert opinions into action and how the uncertainty associated with these decisions is taken into account.
Hannah’s PhD research, at the University of Cambridge's Engineering Department, focused on the decision to demolish or adapt existing buildings on urban development projects. This utilised her multi-disciplinary background in Architecture and Town Planning. Her work explored this decision from multiple stakeholder perspectives and analysed case studies in the UK, Netherlands and Australia.
Hannah has also worked as a consultant in the ‘Risk team’ at Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, with projects ranging across natural and manmade disasters in the built environment.
Expertise Under Pressure, Research Associate
March 2019 - Present