Having over 20 years' experience in Disaster Mitigation with particular focus on healthcare. Dr Achour’s background is in Engineering. After he received his first degree from the Tunis Advanced School of Science and Technology, Tunisia, Dr Achour worked in private engineering and design firms, designing structures and training engineers in several countries. Granted a Japanese Government Scholarship to further his education, he gained his MSc with a focus on the response of hospital lifeline systems following seismic activities, and his PhD on hospitals' fragility assessment, in 2004 and 2007 respectively from Kanazawa University. Following his graduation, he was employed as a Post-doctoral Researcher in his graduate university. He joined Loughborough University in September 2007 as a Research Associate. He coordinated the research activities of the £11million HaCIRIC research centre, and the CPM WBDL MSc Course. He was awarded the Best Paper Award during the CIB World Congress 2010,

Publications

  • Staff Stress: The Sleeping Cell of Healthcare Failure
  • Engaging small firms in sustainable supply chains: Responsible sourcing practices in the UK construction industry
  • Editorial
  • Thesis title: Estimation of malfunction of a healthcare facility in case of earthquake
  • Healthcare resilience to natural hazards: an achievable target
  • Learning lessons from the 2011 Van Earthquake to enhance healthcare surge capacity in Turkey
  • Reviewing the sustainability of existing healthcare facilities
  • A 'disaster prevention' approach advocated
  • Responsible sourcing of construction products and materials - Results from an industry survey
  • Erratum: Earthquake-induced structural and nonstructural damage in hospitals (Earthquake Spectra (2011) 27 (617-634))
  • Healthcare emergency planning and management to major hazards in the UK
  • Evaluation of factors and approaches affecting emergency department space planning
  • Resilience strategies of healthcare facilities: Present and future
  • Earthquake-induced structural and nonstructural damage in hospitals
  • Hospital resilience to natural hazards: Classification and performance of utilities
  • Integration of resilience and sustainability: from theory to application
  • The perceptions of social responsibility for community resilience to flooding: the impact of past experience, age, gender and ethnicity
  • Evaluation of factors and approaches affecting emergency department space planning
  • A case study of a collaborative allied health and nursing crisis response
  • Post-earthquake hospital functionality evaluation: The case of Kumamoto Earthquake 2016
  • Hospital resilience to extreme events: A staff capability of attendance perspective
  • The Challenges of Nurse Redeployment and Opportunities for Leadership During COVID-19 Pandemic

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