Ali Asgari


Adjunct Professor

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asgary@yorku.ca Environmental Health Engineering


About me


Ali Asgary is an expert in disaster, emergency, and business continuity management. His extensive research and effective teaching are enhanced by his active contributions to the profession and by translating them into real world practices at different levels.

He is dynamic, engaging, and an award-winning researcher, educator, urban planner, and consultant. Because of his research and training for different organizations, Dr. Asgary is always on the cutting edge of the emerging disaster and emergency management field. He was among the faculty members who established this discipline in Canadian Universities, including York University and Brandon University.

Ali is the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly and practitioner articles and his work has been extensively cited and referenced by other researchers. His research has been funded by SSHRC, NSERC, GEOIDE, PreCarN, AIF, YUFA, etc.

Ali is frequently consulted by media (examples include:CBCToronto StarGlobe & MailCTV NewsCBC Radio, Vancouver Sun, etc. ), associations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and private sector companies – for the latest developments and trends in disaster events, disaster management and business continuity in Canada and globally.

Professor Asgary is the recipient of awards for his research, teaching and other contributions, including the International Association of Emergency Management Award, the outstanding paper of the year award by the Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, and Merit Awards.



Certificate Paper

  • PhD, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • MA, University of Tehran
  • BA, University of Tehran


  • Graduate Program Director, Disaster and Emergency Management, York University.
  • Emergency Management Program, York University, Associate Professor, Tenured, July 2005-Present
  • Emergency Management Program, YorkUniversity, Assistant Professor, July 2005-July 2008
  • Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies, Brandon University, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, February 2003-June 2005
  • Tarbiat Modares University, Departmentof Urban & Regional Planning, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, October 1996-January2003.
  • Bu-Ali Sina University, Lecturer, Tenure Track, October 1990-January 1993.

Other relevant employment:

  • Researcher, Institute for Trade Studies and Research-Iran, October 1987-October 1990
  1. ASGARY, ALI. Business Continuity and Disaster Risk Management in Business Education: Case of York University. AD-minister [online]. 2016, n.28 [cited  2016-09-05], pp.49-72. Available from: <http: script="sci_arttext&pid=S1692-02792016000100005&lng=en&nrm=iso" style="box-sizing: border-box;">. ISSN 1692-0279.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17230/ad-minister.28.3.</http:>
  2. Asgary A., Ansari S., Duncan R., and Pradhan S., “Mapping potential airplane hazards and risks using airline traffic DATA”, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 13, September 2015, pp. 276-280.
  3. Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Gabriela Hoberman, Maria Ilcheva, Ali Asgary, Ana Maria Majano, Sarah Poggione, Luis R. Duran, Private sector and disaster risk reduction: The Cases of Bogota, Miami, Kingston, San Jose, Santiago, and Vancouver, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
  4. Mojtaba Rafieian, Ali Asgary, (2013) "Impacts of temporary housing on housing reconstruction after the Bam earthquake", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 22 Iss: 1, pp.63 - 74.
  5. Azimia, N., Asgary, A., 2013, Rural residents and choice of building earthquake-resistant house: results of a choice experiment study, Environmental Hazards.
  6. Sadeghi-Naini A. and Asgary A. , (2013) "Modeling number of firefighters responding to an incident using artificial neural networks", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 2 Iss: 2, pp.104 – 118.
  7. Ali Asgary, Nooreddin Azimi, Muhammad Imtiaz Anjum, (2013) Measuring small businesses disaster resiliency: case of small businesses impacted by the 2010 flood in Pakistan, International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 4(2), 170-187.
  8. Asgary A, Anjum MI, Azimi N, (2013) "Disaster recovery and business continuity after the 2010 flood in Pakistan: Case of small businesses", International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2, 46-56.
  9. Asgary, A., Moeini, S.M., Mehregan, N., 2012, Willingness to pay for enhancing local emergency preparedness programmes: evidences from Canada, International Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 8, No. 2, PP.168-181.
  10. Asgary, A., Sadeghi Naini, A., Levy, J., 2012, Modeling the risk of structural fire incidents using a self-organizing map, Fire Safety Journal, Volume 49, Pages 1-9.
  11. Paulus, Jeremy and Asgary, Ali (2011) "Enhancing Border Security: Local Values and Preferences at the Blue Water Bridge (Point Edward, Canada)," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Vol. 7 (1), Article 77.
  12. Mehregan N., Asgary A., and Rezaei M., 2011, “Disasters and employment changes: impacts of the Bam earthquake on employment structure using shift-share analysis”, Disasters, 17 NOV 2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01268.x
  13. Asgary A., Halim A., (2011), “Measuring Peoples’ Preferences for Cyclone Vulnerability Reduction Measures in Bangladesh”, Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management 20 (2), 186-198.
  14. Asgary , Ali; Rezvani, Mohammad Reza and Mehregan , Nader (2011): Local Residents’ Preferences for Second Home Tourism Development Policies: A Choice Experiment nalysis. Published in: TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism , Vol. 6, No. 1 (15. April 2011): pp. 31-51.
  15. Asgary, A. and Naini, A. S. (2011) , MODELLING THE ADAPTATION OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING BY BUSINESSES USING NEURAL NETWORKS. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management. doi: 10.1002/isaf.326
  16. Asgary, A. and Y. Mousavi-Jahromi, 2011. Power outage, business continuity and businesses' choices of power outage mitigation measures. Am. J. Econ. Bus. Admin., 3: 312-320.
  17. Asgary Ali, Ghaffari Alireza, and Levy Jason, 2010, “Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Structural Fire Incidents and Their Causes: A Case of Toronto, Canada”, Fire Safety Journal, 45 (1), 44-57.
  18. Asgary Ali, 2010, “Spatial Patterns and Distribution of Disasters in the OIC Member Countries”, Arab World Geographers, 12 (1,2).
  19. Asgary Ali, Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Structural Fire Incidents and Their Causes: A Case of Toronto, Canada, Fire Safety Journal, 2010, 45 (1), 44-57.
  20. Bagheri, Ali, Darijani, Musa, Asgary, Ali, and Morid, Saeid, 2010, “Crisis in Urban Water Systems during the Reconstruction Period: A System Dynamics Analysis of Alternative Policies after the 2003 Earthquake in Bam-Iran, Water Resource Management, 0920-4741, 1573-1650.
  22. Asgary Ali, Levey Jason and Mehregan Nader, 2007, “Estimating Willingness to Pay for a Hypothethical Earthquake Early Warning System”, Environmental Hazards 7, 312-320
  23. Asgary, A., Klosterman, R. and Razani, A., 2007, “Sustainable Urban Growth Management Using What-If?”, International Journal of Environmental Research, 1(3): 218-230.
  24. Levy, J.K., Hartmann, J., Li, K.W., An, Y. & Asgary, A. (2007) Multi-criteria Decision Support Systems for Flood Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Response in Urban Watersheds, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43(2):1-13.
  25. Badri S.A., Asgary A., Eftekhari, AR., and Levy J., 2006, “Post Disaster Resettlement, Development and Change: 12 Years after Manjil Earthquake”, Disasters, 30 (4): 451-468.
  26. Bagheri A., Asgary A., Rafiean M., and Levy J., 2006. “Measuring Urban Water System Performance: A Fuzzy Inference Model Approach”, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 98(11): 84-92.
  27. Burns C., Asgary A., and Levy J., (2005), “Operator support for ageing nuclear critical infrastructure systems: integrating ecological interface design with prospect theory, Int. J. Critical Infrastructures, 4(1): 299-311.
  28. Asgary A., Willis K.G., Taghvaei A.A., and Rafiean M., (2004), "Estimating Rural Households Willingness to Pay for Health Insurance", European Journal of Health Economics, 5(3): 209-215.
  29. Eftekhari A.R., Asgary Ali, and Taherkhani Mahdi, 2002, “Industrial Districts and Rural Development: A case Study of Markazi Province”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, XII(2):47-60.
  30. Asgary A., Willis K.G., and Hosseini, (2000), “The Impacts of Caspian Sea Level Rise on the Housing Market”, Journal of Humanities, 7(4):1-8.
  31. Asgary Ali, and Willis K.G., (1997), “Estimating the Benefits of Construction Measures to Mitigate Earthquake Risk”, Environment & Planning B, Planning and Design, 24:613-624.
  32. Asgary Ali and Willis K.G., (1997), “Households’ Behavior in Response to Earthquake Risk: An Assessment of Alternative Theories”, International Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 21(4).

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Honors & Awards

  • Merit Award, York University, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.
  • nternational Association of Emergency Managers, 2008.
  • Ministry of Higher Education Scholarship, Ministry of Higher Education-Iran, 1987-1989.
  • Ministry of Higher Education Scholarship, Ministry of Higher Education-Iran, 1993-1996.
  • Distinguished Master Students of the Year, Ministry of Higher Education-Iran, 1991.
  • IOI Training Program Scholarship, International Ocean Institute, 1997.
  • Distinguished Researcher of the Year, Urban Studies Institute, Iran, 2003.

Research Interests

  • Emergency Management
  • Business continuity
  • Decision support systems, GIS, and IT applications in disaster and emergency management