Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader - Emergency and Disaster Management
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;
UNISDR Global Assessment Report 2019.
My work focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency management. 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 New Zealand as Humanitarian Coordinator in Tonga where I worked closely with different ministries, local and international NGOs. I joined AUT in 2016 as lecturer and became programme leader of Emergency and Disaster Management in 2017. I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate papers with a focus on disaster risk reduction, resilience building and emergency management. I have a particular interest on the Pacific region and participated in / led about 10 projects in New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Caledonia.
My teaching area includes disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management. I currently teach the following papers:
- EMGT804: Building resilient communities (paper leader)
- EMGT601: Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (paper leader)
- PUBH803: Global Health (guest lecturer)
- EMGT806: Emergency Risk Communication (guest lecturer)
Master and PhD supervision
- ‘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.
- ‘Networks of Recovery: Post-disaster recovery after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines’ by Yvonne Su. PhD candidate, 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.
- ‘Enhancing evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency: readiness in emergency management for evacuees with limited mobility’ by Bernard Fang. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 2016: ‘Emergency Risk Communication in Thailand: a critical analysis’ by Sutiwa Pincharoen. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘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.
- 2016: ‘Understanding the resilience of small and medium-scale enterprises to flood risk in Ayutthaya, Thailand’ by Boonyarit Saengnakhon. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: 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.
Emergency and disaster management, disaster risk reduction, migration studies, participation and participatory tools for disaster risk reduction, post-disaster recovery, 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 (DRR), prisons and disaster, post-disaster assessment and recovery, livelihoods assessment, merging policies geared towards climate change adaptation and DRR, emerging technologies and DRR, children and disaster, and migrants and DRR.
Current Research Projects:
- ‘Engaging South Asians and Chinese migrants in disaster risk reduction in New Zealand’. Funded by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC).
- ‘Participation and technology in citizen science for strengthening resilience to natural hazards (P-TECH in CITSCI)’. Project done in collaboration with the University of Auckland, East Coast Lab and CDEM group in Hawke’s Bay. Funded by New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
- ‘Yumi Stanap Strong Tugeta: Towards Community Owned Disaster Risk Management’. Project done in collaboration with World Vision and the University of Auckland. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
- ‘TC Pam in Vanuatu: impacts assessment and implications for sustainable recovery’. Project done in collaboration with French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the UMR GRED and the French Red Cross. Funded by the IRD