Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



NERC EnvEast CASE funded (AECOM) PhD Student at the University of East Anglia and the University of Plymouth

PhD title: Landslide susceptibility in the Nepal Himalaya: impacts of climate, earthquakes and road-building. 


BSc Geophysics with Geology (1st Class Honours), Durham University, Earth Sciences Department
MSc Risk (Distinction), Durham University, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Geography Department

Professional membership

Postgraduate Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology



Teaching interests

I have demonstrated or marked assessments for the following modules:

GEOL1003: Geosystems
GEOL1005: Geological Maps and Structural Geology
GEOL2003: Geospatial Techniques
GEOL3003: Geophysical Methods
GEOL3010: Engineering Geology
ENVS1002: The Physical Environment

I also co-supervised a Plymouth University MGeol student for a dissertation project titled: Investigating landslide path-dependency in the Nepal Himalaya 



Research interests

My research is predominantly focused on quantifying landslide processes and characteristics in the Nepal Himalaya. This involves investigating questions such as: Are landslides stochastic? Are landscape responses to trigger events time-dependent? And how do fluvial, glacial, geological and human processes impact landslide distributions and characteristics through time? It is hoped that a better understanding of these issues will allow us to develop improved landslide susceptibility models, which are a vital resource used by policy makers and hazard assessors to manage and mitigate landslide hazard and vulnerability.

Conference/seminar presentations:
American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2020, 14/12/2020 "Transient impacts of extreme events on landslide spatial distributions: Implications for landslide susceptibility modelling " (Oral)
Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance (CEEDA) Symposium 2020, 03/06/2020, "Perturbations of Himalaya Mass-wasting caused by extreme events: Insights from a 30-year dataset " (Oral)
European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2020, 08/05/2020 "Himalaya mass-wasting: impacts of the monsoon, extreme events, and road construction" (Poster)
Perturbations of earth surface dynamics caused by extreme events, EGU Galileo Conference, Kathmandu, 14/10/2019 "Quantifying earthquake preconditioning of monsoon-triggered landslides in Nepal: implications for landslide susceptibility modelling"
British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) conference 2019, 11/09/2019 "Transient impacts of earthquakes on landscape response to monsoonal rainfall, Nepal" (Oral - Awarded Bernie Smith prize for best postgraduate presentation). 
European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2019, 10/04/2019 "Investigating the landslide susceptibility of a glacial/periglacial landscape, Langtang Valley, Nepal" (Poster)
Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance (CEEDA) Symposium 2019, 02/04/2019, "A combined field-remote sensing investigation into landslide control factors in the Greater Himalayas, Nepal" (Oral)
Plymouth Arts Institute outreach talk, 06/02/2019, "Geology in Motion, Rockfalls in the south west coastline"
Landslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation School 2018, 11/09/2018, "Earthquake preconditioning in the Nepal Himalayas, implications for landslide susceptibility modelling" (Oral)
Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) Conference 2017, 22/11/2017, "Using the spatial-distributions of past landslides to predict future failures, Tianshui City, China" (Oral)
Geology for Global Development Annual Conference 2017, 04/11/2017, "Impact of landslides on sustainable development, Tianshui City, China" (Oral)
St Chads College Research Forum, 04/05/2017, "Can the past predict the future? Spatial-temporal distributions of tsunamis in Chile" (Oral)

Grants & contracts

Geological Society Research Grant: £1100 for project titled "Investigating the spatial distributions and susceptibility of co-seismic landslides in Nepal"




M.R.Z. Whitworth, S. J. Boulton, J.N.Jones., 2020, Implementing the Sendai Framework in developing countries using remote sensing techniques for the evaluation of natural hazards, Lowland Technology International, 22 (1), 113 - 122, Special issue on: Engineering Geology and Geotechniques for developing countries

J.N. Jones., M. Stokes., S. J. Boulton., G. L. Bennett., & M. R. Z. Whitworth., 2019, Coseismic and monsoon-triggered landslide impacts on remote trekking infrastructure, Langtang Valley, Nepal. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, DOI: 10.1144/qjegh2019-048



Conferences organised

Co-organiser of the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) conference, 2018, 21/11/2018

Additional information

Volunteer speaker and fundraiser for the Truro-based disaster response charity, Shelterbox. 
Keen cyclist, runner and trekker! Have recently completed the Cornish Marathon in support of Shelterbox. 


Follow me on twitter @joshjones06