Professor (Hab) in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura (Spain), Urbano Fra.Paleo holds a PhD in Geography and a Diploma in Environmental Engineering. He is Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica. He worked at the US Geological Survey in Denver (1995), visiting scientist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (1999), Research Associate at The Environment Institute of the University of Denver (1996), and Associate Professor (on leave) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (2007-2013). In 2005 he was Fellow of the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests lie in disaster risk governance and in the analysis of strategies of disaster risk reduction (DRR). He edited the volumes Building safer communities. Governance, spatial planning, and responses to natural hazards (IOS Press, 2009), and Risk governance: The articulation of hazard, politics and ecology (Springer, 2015), besides authoring other journal papers and book chapters. Member of the European Science & Technology Advisory Group of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), External Expert of the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER), he is also member of the honor society Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.