Ben Kennedy

Ben is an Associate Professor in Volcanology and Earth Science Education Research at the University of Canterbury. He has Masters and PhD from McGill University Canada in volcanology, and also worked as a volcanologist at the University of British Columbia, and Munich University (LMU). Ben is an award winning teacher with a passion for volcanoes and internationally recognized as a leader in developing innovative educational resources. Ben’s favourite thing in the world is to explore volcanoes in the field.

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Volcanic hazards (edX)

In this course, we will take you on an interactive tour around Icelandic volcanoes where we will be talking to experts on location, digging holes to discover past eruptions, and hearing amazing stories of survival. We will discuss how to better manage volcanic hazards, using examples of volcanoes in [...]

Volcanology field science and society (edX)

In this introductory course, you will use interactive technologies to learn the science of how volcanoes work and the skills of a field volcanologist. You will explore the intersection of field volcanology and society, by looking into cultural perspectives of volcanoes, hazard mapping and communication using examples in Aotearoa [...]

Exploring Volcanoes and Their Hazards: Iceland and New Zealand (edX)

Experience the science of volcanology whilst learning the skill set of a volcanologist on a virtual fieldtrip to volcanoes in Iceland and New Zealand. In this course, you will learn the scientific terminology and skills of a field volcanologist. Unlike most courses, we will be taking you outside of [...]