Professor Lena Dominelli holds a Chair in Social Work at the University of Stirling in Scotland and is Director of the Programme on Disaster5 Interventions and Humanitarian Aid.  She was previously Co-Director at the Institute of Hazards, Risk and Resilience (2010-2016) at Durham University.  She has a specific interest in projects on climate change and extreme weather events including drought, floods, cold snaps; and wild fires; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions; various types of disaster interventions; vulnerability and resilience; community engagement; coproduction and participatory action research.  Her research projects include funding from the ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, the Department of International Development and Wellcome Trust. Lena is a prolific writer and has published widely in social work, social policy and sociology.

She currently chairs the IASSW Committee on Disaster Interventions, Climate Change and Sustainability and has represented the social work profession at the United Nations discussions on climate change, since Cancun, Mexico in 2010.  She has received various honours for her work. Her latest publication is, Social Work During Times of Disaster
(Routledge, 2023).