John Douglas obtained his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Engineering Seismology) in 2001, following a B.Sc. Hons (First Class) degree in Mathematics (both from Imperial College London, UK). In 2010, he was awarded his accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in seismology by the University of Grenoble (France).
Since June 2015 he is a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) working in the fields of seismic hazard and risk evaluation. Previously (2004-2015) he was a senior engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey). From 2009 to 2014 he was a visiting professor at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland. He has been played a key role in various research, public service and commercial projects.
Dr Douglas is an associate editor of the “Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America”, the “Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering” and “Earthquake Spectra”. He is author or co-author of over 75 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Since 2001 he has maintained a global compendium of ground-motion models. He won the French Association for Earthquake Engineering Young Researcher Prize in 2011.