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Developing evidence-based resilience frameworks:

Our aim is to empower all sections of society to foresee future challenges and share responsibility for their effective management. This is how resilient, inclusive communities are built and sustained.

The Australasian RISC Centre develops substantive, evidence-based models and strategies.

Our research explores the relationship between empowered people and their settings to deliver actionable strategies that help communities to:

  • anticipate the need for and develop their resilience
  • respond and adapt to challenging events and circumstances
  • reflect on their past experience and use these lessons to shape the way they respond to challenging events in future.

Our frameworks give communities the tools and knowledge to make sense of risk, act quickly, recover from adversity, rebuild and reflect on the lessons they’ve learned.

Local Projects
  • A Critical Analysis of the Collective Impact Framework for Social Change. (Ennis)

  • Community Cultural Development & Arts for Health in the NT. (Ennis)

  • Decision-Making: Preventing Miscommunication and Creating Shared Meaning Between Stakeholders - Aus & NZ  (Paton & Johnston)
  • Deepening the environmental volunteer narrative to increase public and environmental organisations’ collaboration in mitigating climate change (Tumminello, Paton, & Buergelt)
  • Natural disaster risk reduction using social media: Development of an evidence-based community engagement model (Rossiter, Paton, & Buergelt)


International Projects
  • Advancing Understanding of Quality of Life and Place Attachment in Context: Post Natural Disaster Displaced/Resettled Communities in Taiwan, Bangladesh, and New Zealand. (Leishman, Paton, Buergelt, & Lee)
  • An Exploration of Misinformation Management Models for Emergency Management: A Comparative Study of Indonesia and Australia. (Sibrani, Paton, Astill, Franklin, & Scheelings)
  • Applying “Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD)” Strategies: Developing community capacity building strategies for NGOs. - Taiwan  (Paton)
  • Community based disaster risk management for sustainable development: A comparative study between Northern Areas of Pakistan and Australia. (Ali, Paton, Buergelt, & Smith)
  • Cultural drivers of disaster response behaviour and their cross-cultural applicability: Simeulue Island. (Sutton, Paton, Buergelt, & Sagala)
  • Disaster Resilience Planning-The Crafting of an Action-Oriented Approach Using the Scenario Planning; Case of the Kere, Southern Madagascar (Ralaingita & Ennis)

  • Ngāi Tahu Aotearoa New Zealand- it’s a matter of trust. (Joyce)

  • Strengthening Risk Reduction of Natural Hazard Consequences in  the  Australian  and  Indonesian  Agricultural  Sectors  with Community-led Experiential Learning (McKenzie, Paton, Buergelt, & Sagala)

  • WASH, climate change and urban slum. - Myanmar (Joyce)

  • What Does it Feel Like to be a Child of a Peacebuilder? - Myanmar  & New Zealand (Joyce)