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Gwynne, Steve

Steve Gwynne is adjunct Professor of Evacuation and Pedestrian Dynamics at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University and also Research Lead at Movement Strategies, UK. His research focuses on human performance in emergency and non-emergency scenarios and in modelling this performance, with a particular focus on human behaviour in fire.

Academic qualifications:

  • B.Sc. in Computational Mathematics University of Greenwich, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Modelling of Evacuation Behaviour, University of Greenwich, 2000

Research areas:

  • Evacuation and Pedestrian Dynamics
  • Human Behaviour in Fire
  • Model Development, Testing and Application
  • Field Observations (Pedestrian and Evacuation)
  • Emergency Management

Steve has nearly 25 years of experience in the area of pedestrian dynamics, human behaviour in fire and evacuation modelling. He has previously held research positions in government, industry and academia: at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Hughes Associates (now Jensen Hughes), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of Maryland (US), University of Greenwich (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada) and King’s College, London (UK). During this period he has been funded by the EU, SFPE, NFPA, NIST, and the UK, US and Canadian Governments, amongst many other research and commercial sources. He has worked in the aviation, maritime, rail and built environments, and has also worked in large-scale disasters (e.g. wildfire incidents). He is a chartered mathematician (CMath) and chartered scientist (CSci) through the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He has worked on the development of numerous guidance and regulation documents for ISO, International Maritime Organization (IMO), NFPA, SFPE, National Building Code Canada (NBCC) and delivered professional courses for International Code Council (ICC) and SFPE.

He has 100+ peer-reviewed publications. He has also contributed two chapters to the SFPE Handbook (Evacuation Data and Evacuation Calculations) and is now also co-authoring a third on Wildfire Evacuation for the next edition of the handbook. He co-authored the recent edition of the SFPE Guide to Human Behaviour in Fire.

Telephone: +44 7484 167 559

E-mail: steven.gwynne (a)