Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
University of Canterbury,
69 Cryeke Road, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr. Tom Logan

Rutherford Discovery Fellow

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
University of Canterbury


Dr. Tom Logan is a leading expert in risk analysis, resilience planning, and climate change adaptation. He holds a PhD in risk analysis from the University of Michigan and currently serves as the Technical Director at Urban Intelligence and a Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Canterbury. His research focuses on developing innovative methods to help cities and communities become more resilient, sustainable, healthy, and equitable in the face of climate change and natural hazards.

Tom’s work is at the forefront of assessing cascading risks and accounting for multiple uncertainties in climate adaptation planning. He is known for his cutting-edge approaches that combine advanced risk assessment techniques with an understanding of indirect and systemic impacts. Through partnerships with local councils and stakeholders, Dr. Logan ensures his research directly informs and strengthens real-world resilience plans. He is passionate about providing robust, scientifically grounded guidance to help communities effectively prepare for environmental challenges while addressing other societal needs like emissions reduction, housing equity, and public health.

Tom serves as the


  1. 2019


    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  2. 2015


    Johns Hopkins University
  3. 2014


    University of Canterbury
  4. 2013

    BE (1st Hons)

    University of Canterbury

Professional Appointments

  1. 2023-
    Senior Lecturer
    University of Canterbury
  2. 2021-
    Technical Director
    Urban Intelligence
  3. 2019-2022
    University of Canterbury

Awards & Prizes

  • 2023
    Rutherford Discovery Fellowship
    Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 2014
    Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
    Fulbright New Zealand