Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader - Disaster Risk Management and Development
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7499
AUT University (Room MB216)
640 Great South Road
South Campus (Mail Code M2)
Private Bag 92006
PhD (UoA, New Zealand), MsSc(UoA, New Zealand), PigDipSci (UoA, New Zealand), MsBMgt (UoP, France)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Centre for Pacific Health and Development Research
The New Zealand Geographical Society
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)
DevNet: Development Network. Aotearoa New Zealand international development studies network
Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research
France Aotearoa Science, Technology and !nnovation (FAST!) Incorporated
UMR GRED (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier – IRD)
Disaster Prevention and Management journal
International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Progress in Disaster Sciences
UNISDR Global Assessment Report 2019
UNDRR Words into Action guidelines 2020: Engaging children and youth in disaster risk reduction and resilience building.
My research focuses on disaster risk management, participatory approaches and tools, migration and remittances, and sustainable development. I have a particular interest in the Pacific region and participated in / led over 10 projects in New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Caledonia. I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. From 2011 and 2015 I worked as Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland where I taught disaster-related courses. I then worked for Oxfam in Tonga where I worked closely with different ministries, local and international NGOs as well as UN agencies. I joined AUT in 2016 to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate papers with a focus on disaster risk management and building community resilience. I am leader of the Disaster Risk Management and Development programme and the Head of Postgraduate at the School of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Studies.
My teaching area includes disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management. I currently teach the following papers:
- EMGT804: Building resilient communities (paper leader)
- EMGT601: Disaster Risk Management and Development (paper leader)
- PUBH803: Global Health (guest lecturer)
- EMGT806: Communication in Emergency and Disaster (guest lecturer)
- HEAL811: Integrative Research (guest lecturer)
Master and PhD supervision
- ‘Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System and community participation in Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction’ by Damithri Chathumani, PhD candidate. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Designing for Trust in Time of Disaster’ by Mojan Mosavat, PhD candidate. Secondary supervisor.
- ‘Ethnic minority women and disaster risk reduction’ by Nguyen Thi Chung, PhD candidate. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Disaster Risk Reduction in a Multi-cultural society – Engaging New Zealand’s South Asian Migrants’ by Vineeta Rao, PhD candidate. Secondary supervisor.
- ‘Stop Disasters 2.0: Exploring Disaster Awareness through Video Games’ by Anthony Gampell, PhD candidate from The University of Auckland. Advisor.
- ‘Viable and sustainable community-based disaster risk reduction: exploring Community Disaster and Climate Change Committees in Vanuatu’ by Jackie Bubb. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Psychosocial recovery from disasters: A Maori perspective’ by Lily Foulds. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Emergency Planning in Auckland’s CBD: The Homeless Gap’ by Mathew St. Martin. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor
- 2020: ‘Disaster preparedness in Thai migrants living in Auckland: a qualitative descriptive study’ by Ratrawee Pattanarattanamolee. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Pet Ownership as a Component of Psychosocial Resilience to Disaster: United Kingdom as Case Study’ by Sahrah Mai. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2019: ‘Networks of Recovery: Post-disaster recovery after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines’ by Yvonne Su. PhD Political Science and International Development Studies, Guelph University, Canada. External advisor.
- ‘Child participation in disaster risk reduction: exploring the use of participatory mapping with LEGO in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’ by Nickola Yvette Loodin. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- 2018: ‘Investigating the role and contribution of voluntary- based emergency response groups in disaster management: Indonesia as a case study’ by Ihsan Nasir. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2017: ‘The UN Cluster Approach: Improving coordination among agencies in humanitarian response using the case of the Philippine National Response Cluster best practices’ by Mikael Raffael Tence Abaya. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘The role of religious beliefs and practices in disaster: The case study of 2009 earthquake in Padang City’ by Gianisa Adisaputri. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Emergency Risk Communication in Thailand: a critical analysis’ by Sutiwa Pincharoen. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Assessing how small island communities prepare for tsunami: a case study of Phi Phi Island, Thailand’ by Arissara Poompoe. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Understanding the resilience of small and medium-scale enterprises to flood risk in Ayutthaya, Thailand’ by Boonyarit Saengnakhon. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- Understanding the role of spontaneous volunteers in disaster: The case study of the World Trade Centre on 9/11 by Helen Perrie White. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
Disaster risk management, participatory approaches and tools, migration and remittances, and sustainable development.
My research is driven by the gaps in policy and practice I see through my on-going engagement in disaster risk reduction and disaster management activities in collaboration with local communities, government authorities and non-governmental organisations. Over the years, my research has focused on bridging the knowledge and actions gaps between local communities and external aid agencies: this is indispensable to achieve sustainable disaster risk reduction and effective disaster management. I have been involved in different research projects that focused on migration and remittances in disaster, developing participatory tools (e.g. participatory numbers, participatory mapping etc.) for disaster risk reduction, prisons and disaster, post-disaster assessment and recovery, livelihoods assessment, merging policies geared towards climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, emerging technologies and disaster risk reduction, children and disaster, and migrants and disaster risk reduction.
Current Research Projects:
- ‘Te ara o tawhaki – a pathway to resilience indicators’. Funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM).
- ‘Engaging South Asians and Chinese migrants in disaster risk reduction in New Zealand’. Funded by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC).