Nebil has expertise in the resilience of healthcare to major hazards, about which he published over 50 scientific articles and reports, and was a member of the global WHO Hospital Safety Index revision panel.
After gaining a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Tunis Advanced School of Science and Technology, Tunisia, Dr Achour worked in private engineering and design firms on designing structures and training engineers in several countries. Granted a Japanese Government Scholarship to further his education, he gained his MSc with a focus on the response of hospital lifeline systems following seismic activities and his PhD on hospital’s fragility assessment in 2004 and 2007 respectively from Kanazawa University.
Following his graduation he was then employed as a Post-doctoral Researcher in his graduate University. He joined Loughborough University in September 2007 as a Research Associate. He coordinated the research activities of the £11million HaCIRIC research centre, and the CPM WBDL MSc Course. He was awarded the Best Paper Award during the CIB World Congress 2010, and the Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 and 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Nebil is actively involved in national and international research and consultancy activities and interested in exchanging knowledge with academics and practitioners, specifically those working on similar topics.
Member of the scientific committees of:
Achour, N and Kähkönen, K.E.E. (Eds) (2017) "Disaster resilience: Building the Jigsaw", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8(3), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-04-2017-0029. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/ijdrbe/8/3
Achour, N. (Ed.) (2016). Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016: Volume V - Advancing Products and Services. (Tampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering. Construction Management and Economics. Report; Vol. 18). Tampere University of Technology. Department of Civil Engineering.
Soetanto, R., Mullins, A. & Achour, N (2016), “The perceptions of social responsibility for community resilience to flooding: the impact of past experience, age, gender and ethnicity”, Natural Hazards. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-016-2732-z [Open Access]
Achour, N; Pascale, F; Price, ADF; Polverino, F; Aciksari, K; Özüçelik, DN; Miyajima, M; Yoshida, M (2016), Learning lessons from the 2011 Van Earthquake to enhance healthcare surge capacity in Turkey, Environmental Hazards, 15(1), 74-94. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2016.1139539
Achour, N., Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F., Price, A.D.F. (2015), “Integration of resilience and sustainability: From theory to application”, International Journal on Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE), 6(3) 347-362. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-05-2013-0016. [Open Access]
Achour, N., Pascale, F, Soetanto, R, and Price ADF (2015) “Healthcare emergency planning and management to major disasters in the UK”, International Journal of Emergency Management, 11(1), 1-19. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEM.2015.069514 [Open Access]
Pascale, F, Achour, N., Price, A.D.F and Polverino, F. (2014) Evaluation of factors and approaches affecting emergency department space planning, Facilities, 32(13/14), 761 – 785. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/F-09-2012-0073. Accessible from: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16165
Achour, N., Miyajima, M. & Price, A.D.F. (2014) “Hospital Resilience to Natural Hazards: Classification and Performance of Utilities”, Disaster Prevention and Management, 23(1), 40-52. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/DPM-03-2013-0057. Accessible from: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14813.
Glass, J., Achour, N., Parry, T. & Nicholson, I. (2012) “Engaging Small Firms in Sustainable Supply chains: Responsible Sourcing Practices in the UK Construction Industry”, International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM), 5(1), 29-58, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJASM.2012.045900
Achour, N., Miyajima, M., Kitaura, M. & Price, A.D.F. (2011) Earthquake Induced Structural and Non-structural Damage in Hospitals, Earthquake Spectra, 27(3), 617-634, ISSN: 8755-2930. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/1.3604815
Achour, N. & Price, A.D.F. (2010) Resilience Strategies of Healthcare Facilities: Present and Future, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE), 1(3), 264-276, ISSN: 1759-5908. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17595901011080869
Achour, N., Miyajima, M, Ikemoto, T & Inagaki, J (2005) Damage Analysis of Health Care Facilities in the 2004 Niigata-ken Chuetsu Earthquake, Proceedings of Earthquake Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), Vol. 28, 6p (CD-ROM). (In Japanese)
Achour, N., Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F., Price, A.D.F. (2012), Opportunities associated with the integration of environmental and resilience appraisal tools, Japan-UK Joint workshop on Policy Integration between Environmental Assessment and Disaster Management 30 November – 3 December 2012, Ichikawa, Japan. Accessible from: http://www.nishikiz.depe.titech.ac.jp/JPUK2012/Proceedings_of_the_JP-UK_joint_WS.pdf
Pascale, F., Achour, N., Price, A.D.F. and Polverino, F. (2012), Evaluation, analysis and benchmarking of the Design of Emergency Departments in Italy, Proceedings of the HaCIRIC International Conference: Transforming Healthcare Infrastructure and Services in an Age of Austerity, 19-21 September, Cardiff
Pascale, F., Achour, N., Price, A.D.F. and Polverino, F. (2012), Design Evaluation of Emergency Departments: Lessons learned from International case studies, Proceedings of the Emergency Department: Considerations for Innovation and Strategic Design Workshop, 28-29 June, Washington DC
Glass, J., Achour, N., Parry, T. & Nicholson, I. (2011) The Role of Responsible Sourcing in Creating a Sustainable Construction Supply-Chain, Proceedings of The CIB International Conference Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment - MISBE2011, 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Achour, N. & Price, A.D.F. (2010) Resilience Strategies of Healthcare Facilities: Present and Future, Proceeding of the CIB World Congress 2010, May, Salford, UK
Achour, N., Miyajima, M. & Price, A.D.F. (2009) Hospital Disaster Planning: An Injury Based Approach, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Disaster Casualties, June 2009, Cambridge, UK. (CD-ROM)
Achour, N, Miyajima, M & Kitaura, M (2007) Response of Wheeled Equipment without Restoring Force to Sinusoidal Wave. The 10th World Conference on Seismic Isolation, Energy Dissipation and Active Vibrations Control of Structures, May 2007, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 28-31
Achour, N., Shimazaki, T. & Miyajima, M. (2006) Experimental Study on Stability of Medical Equipment Under a Sinusoidal Pulse. The Eighth International Summer Symposium, Nagoya, Japan, 4p
Achour, N. & Miyajima, M. (2006) Two Years On, What has been accomplished in Bam Healthcare Facilities. Symposium on recent Damaging Earthquakes around the World, JSCE, Tokyo, Japan, September 2009, pp.106-113
Achour, N., Inagaki, J. & Miyajima, M. (2005) Japanese Health Care Facilities after the Hyogo-ken-Nambu Earthquake; Response to Recent Earthquakes. Proceeding of the Seventh International Summer Symposium, JSCE, July 2005, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 97-100
Achour, N., Miyajima, M. & Fallahi, F. (2005) Lessons from the Bam Earthquake; Planning and Organization of Health Care Facilities. Proceedings of the International Conference on Geohazards, Natural Disasters and Methods of Confronting with Them, September 2005, Tabriz, Iran, 8p. (CD-ROM)
Achour, N (2015), A ‘disaster prevention’ approach advocated, Health Estate, 69(6) 29-32. Accessible from: http://www.healthestatejournal.com/story/14477/a-disaster-prevention-approach-advocated
Achour, N (2015), “Reconnaissance report: Water supply failure incident in Library on 22nd December 2014”, March 2015, Loughborough University, UK
Achour, N (2014), “Report on the Reliability and Resilience of the Department of Chemistry systems and installations”, March 2014, Loughborough University, UK
Achour, N. and Pascale, F. (2012) “Ercis and Van Earthquakes (Turkey) International Investigation Team Reconnaissance Report”, Loughborough University, UK
Glass, J., Achour, N., Parry, T. and Nicholson, I. (2012), “Responsible sourcing of construction products and materials: results from an industry survey”, Concrete Magazine, February 20120, 47-49, ISSN: 0010-5317
Achour, N and Price, ADF (2011) “Planning for more resilient healthcare in emergencies under increasing risks and decreasing budgets: Preliminary report on the workshop findings and way forward”, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, 7p
Achour, N. (2011), “Healthcare Resilience Tool”, Design and Decision Making to Improve Healthcare Infrastructure, Loughborough University, pp.35, September 2011.
Achour, N., Buxton, D. & Price, A.D.F. (2009) Resilience of Healthcare Facilities, Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) Interim Report, September 2009, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, 66p
Achour, N. (2009) Resilience of Built Healing Environment, In Price et al. (Eds), HaCIRIC BHE Final Study Report, Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC), Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, pp. 119-133
Achour, N. (2008) Post-disaster healthcare: What is missing? Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) Newsletter, 14(3), pp. 10-11. Accessible from: http://www.adpc.net/v2007/ikm/asian%20disaster%20management%20news/2008/newsletter_10-mar_final(v2).pdf
Choudhry, S, Achour, N. & Price, A.D.F. (2008) Sustainable approach of construction of healthcare facilities and assessment of coherance offsite and tradional methods with the approach, ENSURE programme end of training report, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Miyajima, M., Achour, N., Kosa, K., Tasaki, K., Uno, H., Salamy, M.R., Arai, Y, Fallahi, A. & Alaghebandian, R. (2005) Iran, Bam Earthquake (2003) Reconnaissance Report, December 2005, Tokyo, Japan
Achour, N and Miyajima, M. (2004) “Disaster Response” in Boumerdes Earthquake The 21st May 2003, Japanese Reconnaissance Team’, In Hamada, M and Ramdane K.E. (Eds), October 2004, Tokyo (CD-ROM). Accessible from: http://www.jsce.or.jp/library/eq_repo/Vol2/04/algeriareport.pdf