The Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research Group
Disasters take lives, cause devastation, impact individuals, families and communities and disrupt our socio-economic systems. On the face of it, it seems like disasters are becoming more common and devastating – but is this true? Everyone is at risk from disasters – either physically or socio-economically. However, some individuals, families and communities seem more vulnerable and experience greater losses than others. Successful disaster risk reduction involves understanding something about the processes of hazard events but also the socio-economic, political and cultural contexts in which hazardous events trigger disasters.
The Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research Group is interested in a wide range of natural and technological hazards and our work spans the interface between the human and earth environments/sciences - exploring the characteristics of natural hazards (distributions, frequencies & magnitudes) and their impacts on people, communities and human systems. The goals of our work are to (1) enhance community resilience; (2) reduce losses from natural disasters; and (3) develop appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies.
We focus on a wide variety of hazard and disaster risk related issues including (but not limited to):
- Climate change, climate impacts, adaptation and management;
- Bushfires, heatwaves, droughts and dust storms;
- Tsunamis, storms, coastal floods and extreme inundations;
- Earthquakes & volcanic eruptions;
- Emergency risk management and planning;
- Society, risk, perception and behaviour;
- Vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity;
- Urban planning, design and disaster
We are involved in field-based, modelling and analytical research both in the Australasia region as well as around the world and members of the hazards research cluster collaborate with experts and government emergency management agencies at the local to global levels.
Members of the The Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research Group
The The Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research Group comprises a number of core and associated researchers. The group is led by Dale Dominey-Howes.
Core members of the group include:
|Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes||Group Leader|
|Dr Emma Calgaro||Research Fellow|
|Dr Filippo Dall’Osso||Research Fellow|
|Dr Scott McKinnon||Research Fellow|
|Dr Min Jiang||Research Fellow|
|Dr Carolyn Michael||Research Fellow|
|Dr Edris Alam||Honorary Associate|
|Current PhD students|
|Matthew Ellis||PhD candidate|
|Sarah English||PhD candidate|
|Perla Delos Reyes||PhD candidate|
|Tom Fitzgerald||PhD candidate|
|Despina Minos-Minopoulos||PhD candidate|
In addition to the core group listed above, a significant number of other staff and students in the School of Geosciences are involved in hazard, risk and disaster related research.
Members of the Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research Group are also active members of other Sydney University research clusters of excellence including the CITIES Network, Sydney Environment Institute and the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.
|Former PhD students|
|Former MPhil & MSc students|
|Former Honours students|
|Former Summer Research Scholars & Research Volunteers|
|Ben Bolton||Summer Research Scholar|
|Cameron Byers||Summer Research Scholar|
|Kelly Grimm||Summer Research Scholar|
|Katherine Mackellar||Summer Research Scholar|
|Thomas Sewell||Research Volunteer|