Peter Anderson

Associate Professor

T: 778-782-4921
Room: K8667


  • 1977 M.A. Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • 1973 B.G.S. General Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Currently Teaching


Future courses may be subject to change.


Book Chapters and Monographs

  • Anderson, P. S., Braham, S., Koziatek, O., Oldring, A., Ursulak, D., & d'Aquino, M. (2016).  British Columbia tsunami notification methods: A toolkit for community planning. (Research Report No. DRDC-RDDC-2016-C151). Ottawa: Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science; Simon Fraser University.
  • Anderson, P. S. (2013). Information and Communication Technology. In P. T. Bobrowsky (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard (pp. 536-540). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Anderson, P. S. (2006). BC Tsunami Warning: A Toolkit for Community Planning, British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
  • Samarajiva, R., Knight, M., Anderson, P., & Zainudeen, A. (2005). National Early Warning System: Sri Lanka-A Participatory Concept Paper for the Design of an Effective All-Hazard Public Warning System. Colombo, LIRNEAsia. 
  • Anderson, P. S. & Gow, G. (2003). The wireless revolution: emerging challenges for integrated emergency communications planning in Canada. In P. Herder & W. Thissen (Eds.), Critical Infrastructures: State of the Art in Research and Application. Kluwer, Netherlands.
  • Anderson, P. S. (2003). Bringing early warning to the people: electronic technology: the role of the internet. In J. Zschau & A. Kuppers (Eds.), Early Warning Systems for Natural Disaster Reduction (pp. 85-87). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Anderson, P. S. (2002). Critical infrastructure protection in the Information Age. In R. Mansell, R. Rohan & A. Mahan (Eds.), Networking Knowledge for Information Societies: Institution & Intervention. Delft, Netherlands: DUP Science.
  • Anderson, P. S. (1999). Future Opportunities for Communication for Disaster Reduction at the Community Level. In J. Ingleton (Ed.), Natural Disaster Management. Leicester: Tudor Rose.

Journals and Professional Publications

  • Gow, G. A., McGee, T., Townsend, D., Anderson, P., & Varnhagen, S. (2009). Communication technology, emergency alerts, and campus safety. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine28(2). 34-41. doi:10.1109/MTS.2009.932797.
  • 2008. “Last-Mile Hazard Information Dissemination: Challenges and Opportunities for Sri Lanka”. Asian Disaster Management News, Bangkok. (with N. Waidyanatha).
  • 2003.  “A General Framework for Mitigation-oriented Planning Assessments of Mobile Telecommunications Lifelines (MRTL)” in Natural Hazards 28. Special Issue: An Assessment of Natural Hazards and Disasters in Canada . Kluwer.(with Gordon Gow)
  • 2003.  “Satellite communications in disaster management: selected Canadian systems”, in Space Communications 18 , Numbers 3,4. IOS Press. (with James B. Hamilton.)
  • 1997. “Virtual Emergency Management Information Systems,” Stop Disasters , No. 32, II.
  • 1997. With Robert Stephenson. “Disasters and the Information Technology Revolution,” Disasters: the Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management , Blackwell Publishers, Vol. 21, No. 4, December.
  • 1996. “Building Emergency Lanes on Canada’s Information Highway,” Emergency Preparedness Digest , Vol. 23, No. 3, July–September.

Published Conference Papers

  • Anderson, P. S. (2010). Symposium on Enhancing Tsunami Warning Along North America’s Northwest Coast: Reaching the Last Mile: Final Summary Report. Burnaby: Telematics Research Lab, Simon Fraser University.
  • Gow, G. A., Townsend, D., McGee, T., & Anderson, P. (2008). Communication technology and campus safety: Critical sociotechnical concerns for emergency messaging at Canadian universities. Paper presented at the Proceedings Technology and Society, ISTAS 2008. IEEE International SymposiumFredericton, NB, Canada. (pp. 1-5). doi:10.1109/ISTAS.2008.4559770.
  • Waidyanatha, N., Rangarajan, S., Gow, G., & Anderson, P. (2007). Last-mile hazard warning system in Sri Lanka: Performance of WorldSpace addressable satellite radios for emergency alerts. Paper presented at the Proceedings IEEE 1st International WPMC SymposiumJaipur, India, (pp. 1(1) 233-237).
  • Waidyanatha, N., Gow, G., & Anderson, P. (2007). Community-based hazard warnings in rural Sri Lanka: Performance of alerting and notification in a last-mile message relay. Paper presented at the Proceedings IEEE 1st International WRECOM2007 Conference and ExhibitionRome, Italy.
  • Waidyanatha, N., Gow, G., & Anderson, P. (2007). Common alerting protocol message broker for last-mile hazard warnings in Sri Lanka: An essential component. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 2nd International ISCRAM Workshop, Harbin, China(pp. 59-65).
  • Waidyanatha, N., Gow, G., & Anderson, P. (2007). Hazard warnings in Sri Lanka: Challenges of internetworking with common alerting protocol. Paper presented at the Proceedings ISCRAM2007Delft, (pp. 281-293).
  • Braham, S., Lee, P. & Anderson, P. (2003). Mobile Wireless Networking for Planetary Exploration. Keynote Topic. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the ESA Wireless Data Communications Onboard-Spacecraft Technology and Applications Workshop, Netherlands.
  • Anderson, P., & Gow, G. (2001). The Wireless Revolution: Emerging Opportunities and Hidden Risks for the Emergency Management Communities. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation: Critical Infrastructures, Hague, Netherlands. (pp. 52-53).
  • Anderson, P. (2001). Advanced Emergency Wireless Communications Infrastructures in British Columbia. Paper presented at the Proceedings of a Workshop on the Canadian Disaster Management Information System, Natural Resource Canada, Ottawa.
  • Braham, S., Anderson, P., Lee, P., Alena, R., & Glass, B. (1999). Canada and analogue sites for mars exploration. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Second Canadian Space Exploration WorkshopUniversity of Calgary.

Commissioned Research Reports

  • Anderson, P. S. (2016). Improving End-to-end Tsunami Warning for Risk Reduction on Canada’s West Coast: Pilot Projects: Task 7 Report. (Research Report No. DRDC-RDDC-2016-C174). Ottawa: Canadian Safety and Security Program, Defence Research and Development Canada Emergency Management British Columbia; Simon Fraser University.
  • Braham, S., & Anderson, P. S. (2015). Field Operational Test Facility for Next-Generation Interoperable Mission-Critical Communications – Final Analysis. Ottawa: Canadian Safety and Security Program, Defence Research and Development Canada.
  • Anderson, P. S., & de Jager, D. (2013). North Shore Emergency Radio System Interoperability Strategy. Coquitlam:  Chroma Communications Group Inc., North Shore Emergency Management Office.
  • Braham, S., & Anderson, P. S. (2013). Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System: 2012-2013 Architecture Review and Future Development Potential Analysis. Ottawa: Centre for Security Science, Telematics Research Group; Simon Fraser University.
  • Anderson, P. S., & de Jager, D. (2009). Peace River Regional District Emergency Communications Study. Coquitlam: Chroma Communications Group Inc.
  • Gow, G., Anderson, P. S., McGee, T., & Townsend, D. (2008). Alerting Preferences and the Campus Community: A report on survey results from three Canadian universities. Edmonton: University of Alberta
  • Anderson, P. S. (2007). Sri Lanka: Design Considerations for a Mobile Emergency Communications Vehicle. Geneva: International Telecommunications Union.
  • Anderson, P. S. (2006). Last of the Mile Warning System ICT Assessment and Community Simulation Observation Report. Colombo: LIRNEasia.
  • 2004.  “Tsunamis and Coastal Communities in British Columbia: An Assessment of the BC Tsunami Warning System and Related Risk Reduction Practices”. Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness. (with Gordon Gow)


Current Research Interests

  • Telecommunication & broadcasting policy; technology; communication to mitigate disasters/emergency communication.

Current Research Activities

  • Rural and remote area communication issues and strategies.
  • Social application of communication technology for sustainable community development, disaster risk reduction and resiliency.
  • Last mile/last person community-based early warning systems.
  • Space-based networking in support of human space exploration.

Research in Progress

  • Next-generation public safety broadband networks.

Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology

The Centre for Policy Research on Science & Technology (CPROST) engages in research on the relationship between public policy and technology. The Centre brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in science and technology, their implemetation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests. Several CMNS faculty members are members of CPROST.

Faculty: Peter Anderson
Research | Centre