Virginia Murray

Public Health England
Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction
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Professor Virginia Murray is the Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England which has supported her role as co-chair of the recently developed WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Group; member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee; co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU); the International Social Science Council (ISSC); and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).and Co-Chair of IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA). She is also Co-Chair of CODATA’s Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research and a member the UNSDSN Data for Sustainable Development; and she has been a member and then vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group from 2008-2017.
Virginia qualified in medicine and in 1980 joined Guy and St Thomas’s Hospital Poisons Unit and was appointed consultant medical toxicologist. In 1989 she started the Chemical Incident Research Programme and was Director of the Chemical Incident Response Service from 1995 and developed evidence informed guidance for acute and chronic chemical incident preparedness and response and joined the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) in 2003 as Head of Centre for Radiation; Chemicals and Environmental Hazards; London. In 2011 she was appointed as Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection; Public Health England and developed evidence based information and advice on flooding; heat; cold; volcanic ash; and other extreme weather and natural hazards events. She is a Visiting;Honorary Professor at several universities including University College London (2013); MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health; Imperial College and King’s College; London (2004) and at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (2017) and has published widely.

Two Policy Briefs
• Murray; V.; Maini; R.; Clarke; L.; and Eltinay; N. (2017) Coherence between the Sendai Framework; the SDGs; the Climate Agreement; New Urban Agenda and World Humanitarian Summit; and the role of science in their implementation. Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR).
• Fakhruddin B.; Murray; V.; and Maini; R. (2017) Disaster loss data in monitoring the implementation of the Sendai Framework. IRDR

General reviews on hydrological disasters for the European Commission and IPCC
• Murray; V.; Frame; T.; McGregor; G.; San Miguel; J.; Van Lanen; H.A.J.; Vogt; J.V.; 2017. Understanding disaster risk: hazard related risk issues - Section III. Meteorological; climatological and biological risk. In: Poljanšek; K.; Marín Ferrer; M.; De Groeve; T.; Clark; I. (Eds.). Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less. EUR 28034 EN; Publications Office of the European Union; Luxembourg; Chapter 3 Section III; doi: 10.2788;688605
• Murray; V.; G. McBean; M. Bhatt; S. Borsch; T.S. Cheong; W.F. Erian; S. Llosa; F. Nadim; M. Nunez; R. Oyun; and A.G. Suarez; 2012: Case studies. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field; C.B.; V. Barros; T.F. Stocker; D. Qin; D.J. Dokken; K.L. Ebi; M.D. Mastrandrea; K.J. Mach; G.-K. Plattner; S.K. Allen; M. Tignor; and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge University Press; Cambridge; UK; and New York; NY; USA; pp. 487-542.
• Stanke C; Kerac M;. Prudhomme C; Medlock J and Murray V. Health Effects of Drought: a Systematic Review of the Evidence PLOS Currents Disasters. 2013 Jun 5 . Edition 1. doi: 10.1371;currents.dis.7a2cee9e980f91ad7697b570bcc4b004.
• Brown L; Medlock J; and Murray V. Impact of drought on vector-borne diseases – how does one manage the risk? Public Health. Volume 128; Issue 1; Pages 29-37; January 2014. doi: 10.1016;j.puhe.2013.09.006.
• WHO Europe and Public Health England Floods in the WHO European Region: health effects and their prevention Edited by Bettina Menne and Virginia Murray ISBN 978 92 890 0011 6. © World Health Organization 2013
• Brown L and Murray V Examining the relationship between infectious diseases and flooding in Europe A systematic literature review and summary of possible public health interventions Disaster Health 1:2; 1–11; April;May;June 2013; © 2013 Landes Bioscience
• Goldman A; Eggen B; Golding B; Murray V. The health impacts of windstorms: a systematic literature review. Review Paper. Public Health (2013) 1e26; http:;;;pdfs;journals;0033-3506;PIIS0033350613003375.pdf