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). Since June 2015 Dr Douglas is a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde working in the fields of seismic hazard and risk evaluation. Previously (2004-2015) he was a senior engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey). He is an associate editor of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering and Earthquake Spectra. From 2009 to 2014 he was a visiting professor at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland. In 2010, he was awarded his accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in seismology by the University of Grenoble. He won the French Association for Earthquake Engineering Young Researcher Prize in 2011.