Marjorie Encalada Simbaña

Marjorie Encalada Simbaña


I am a Geologist Engineering graduated at Escuela Politécnica Nacional and also I’m a volcanoes lover. My main concerns are the research of volcanoes and people living around those as well and work with both to reach resilience and reduce the risk of disasters.

For the last 7 years, I was working at the Geophysical Institute that is in charge of the seismic and volcanic surveillance in my country, Ecuador. Last years my work was focused on volcanoes ash falls, and outreach with the communities including summer courses for children and workshops to the communities affected by ashfalls and other volcanic phenomena.

Marjorie Encalada Simbaña

PhD title: Reducing multi hazard risk for tomorrow’s citizens: Citizen science as a means to embed disaster risk reduction into primary schools’ learning in Quito.

Synopsis: This interdisciplinary project will investigate how we create these ‘hazard wise’ citizens by embedding interdisciplinary learning in the school’s curriculum in the case study regions of Quito in the Urban Risk Hub. The aim is to use citizen science to generate ‘experiential learning’ of the relationship between hazard occurrence and local and global impacts as well as incorporating a historical analysis to understand why “disasters are not natural” but a product of socio-political decisions (Mora, 2009). During the course of my training, I will be expected to develop and maintain a network of instruments (RaspberryShakes, ash and mini – meteorological stations) to monitor local and global events with primary school-age children across 4 schools across the Hub’s Quito case study locations. These instruments and their data will act as a ‘gateway’ to develop interest and discussion about the complexities of the relationship between risk mitigation and sustainable livelihoods. I will develop research strategies to not only analyse the monitoring data with the participants but to understand the learning opportunities this creates, and evaluate its efficacy in creating tomorrow’s ‘hazard wise’ citizens.”

Further information

I was working on outreach for the last few years and also teaching children about earth science and volcanoes.