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Ali Asgary, Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management

selected photosAli Asgary, Ph.D.

Ali Asgary is an expert in disaster, emergency, and business continuity management. His extensive research and effective teaching are enhanced by his active contributions to the profession and by translating them into real world practices at different levels.

He is dynamic, engaging, and an award-winning researcher, educator, urban planner, and consultant. Because of his research and training for different organizations, Dr. Asgary is always on the cutting edge of the emerging disaster and emergency management field. He was among the faculty members who established this discipline in Canadian Universities, including York University and Brandon University.

Ali is the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly and practitioner articles and his work has been extensively cited and referenced by other researchers. His research has been funded by SSHRC, NSERC, GEOIDE, PreCarN, AIF, YUFA, etc.

Ali is frequently consulted by media (examples include:CBC, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, CTV News, CBC Radio, Vancouver Sun, etc. ), associations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and private sector companies for the latest developments and trends in disaster events, disaster management and business continuity in Canada and globally.

Professor Asgary is the recipient of awards for his research, teaching and other contributions, including the International Association of Emergency Management Award, the outstanding paper of the year award by the Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, and Merit Awards.

Area of Specialization

Emergency Management


PhD, Newcastle Upon Tyne University, England

MA, University of Tehran

BA, University of Tehran

Professional Leadership

Ex. Board of Director, International Association of Emergency Managers Past President, Canadian Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-Canada)

Research Interests

Emergency Management

Business continuity

Decision support systems, GIS, and IT applications in disaster and emergency management

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