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The RISC Centre is directed by Professor Douglas Paton and welcomes Professor Susan Cutter (University of South Carolina) and Professor David Johnston (Massey University) as honorary staff.
 

Their combined research and experience creates a research management team equipped to support a multi-level and transdisciplinary research centre uniquely positioned to focus on the challenges facing Northern Australia and South-East Asia.

Our Experts

The breadth of expertise in the research team facilitate the Centre's ability to build on on resilience theory and practice that will inform intervention delivery across a range of social and digital contexts.

The research of the Centre will build on staff research expertise in biological and radiological health, including assessment of physiological indices of stress, community disadvantage, and conflict hazards.

The Centre has expertise in resilience theory development and testing for natural hazards, vulnerability assessment, and weather-related hazards. The Centre has the expertise in testing resilience theories and their utility in digital contexts.

 

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    Professor Douglas Paton

    Douglas Paton

    Douglas is a Professor at Charles Darwin University and Director of the Australasian RISC Research Centre. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Bandung Resilience Initiative in Bandung, Indonesia; a Research Fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in New Zealand; and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the European Commission TACTIC (Tools, methods and training for communities and society to better prepare for a crisis) Program.

    He is currently acting as an Expert Advisor on Community Resilience with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is working with the Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan to develop comprehensive models of long-term community disaster recovery and future community capacity building.

    In 2005-2006, following the Indian Ocean tsunami, Douglas was the Australian delegate to the UNESCO Education for Natural Disaster Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Program where he contributed to disaster education and policy formulation. He also produced education materials designed to the needs of different local populations, sectors and stakeholders.

    He was a member of the Psychosocial Advisory Committee for the Christchurch earthquake from 2011-2013. In 2014-15, while acting as a Technical Advisor on Risk Communication to WHO, Douglas contributed to developing the community engagement program for the WHO Ebola response program in Sierra Leone.

    Douglas’ research adopts an all-hazards, cross cultural approach to the development and testing of theories of adaptive and resilient capacity in communities and in emergency response organizations.

    He has worked in Australia (wildfire, flooding, tsunami), New Zealand (earthquake, tsunami, volcanic hazards), Iran (earthquake), Somalia (flooding), Nepal (earthquake), Japan (earthquake, volcanic hazards), Indonesia (volcanic hazards), Taiwan (earthquake, typhoon), and Portugal (wildfire).

    He has published 23 books, 132 book chapters and 180 peer-reviewed journal articles.

    Dr Gabriela Minigo

    Gabriela Minigo

    Minigo is an immunologist with over 15 years’ research experience. She is a Lecturer in Immunology and Haematology in the College of Health and Human Sciences and an Honorary Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research.

    She has published in high profile immunology journals including Blood, Circulation, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Scientific Reports, Infection and Immunity and Frontiers in Immunology.

    Over the past ten years, she has secured research funding in excess of $800,000, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, an NHMRC project grant, two Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation grants, one Menzies Seed Funding grant and an equipment grant.

    She has been serving as external reviewer to NHMRC project grants since 2010. In the Centre she will complement her work on understanding protective immunity to malaria in endemic areas, vaccine development, immune regulation and the contribution of immune cells and inflammation to disease pathology with the application of this knowledge to researching challenge and change in public health and pandemic risk reduction and response.

    Dr Martin Boland

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    Boland has recently received $100,000 to improve the NT nuclear magnetic resonance capability and has played a key role in establishing the new CDU mass spectrometry facility.

    Using his expertise in analytical chemistry, the Centre will be able to monitor biochemical stress markers in research and how anxiety plays such a pivotal role in undermining the uptake of preventative and protective actions.

    Boland’s expertise in the area of chemical weapons defense will facilitate the ability of the Centre’s research program to include building resilience to challenges from biological, chemical and radiological hazards and thus support work on resilience to, for example, potential threats from acts of terrorism.

    Boland was also on the initial diversity and inclusivity committee of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    Dr Gretchen Ennis

    Gretchen Ennis

    Ennis has extensive experience in researching community development and engagement and using her knowledge to develop community development initiatives.

    She has attracted some $150,000 in research funding and has published extensively on novel approaches to community engagement with diverse groups within the Northern Territory and further afield.

    Ennis’ experience in researching and applying community development principles across diverse community groups and dealing with social, political, refugee and migratory challenges provides a strong platform for developing research into diverse areas of social vulnerability and resilience.

    Her expertise will be crucial to advancing the community development practices that will play pivotal roles in intervention planning, delivery and evaluation.

    Dr Janine Joyce

    Janine Joyce

    Joyce is an early career researcher with expertise in empowerment through the development and application of resilience models in the fields of peace and conflict studies, health and community development.

    Her expertise will facilitate the ability of the Centre to include projects that build resilience and adaptive capacity across multiple levels of community (e.g. understanding the interdependent and complementary roles of girls/women/families and community volunteers/staff) through applying empowerment and community engagement principles.

    Her expertise will support projects investigating how cultural and psychosocial processes build and maintain community resilience in response to ongoing post-disaster and water-conflict challenges.

    Her work enables the enactment of the United Nation’s ‘New Urban Agenda’ for sustainable urbanization with children, youth and women.

    Mrs Katelyn Rossiter

    Katelyn Paige Rossiter

    Rossiter is an early career researcher whose research interests focus on understanding how social media and other digital technologies contribute to community and individual risk reduction for anticipated and unanticipated hazards.

    Rossiter’s expertise will support the development of projects that will explore how these technologies support and inhibit the empowerment of individual and community understanding and action in challenging circumstances, including those from natural, health, technological (privacy, surveillance), corporate and political sources.

     

    Honorary Staff

    Professor Susan Cutter

    Dr. Susan L. Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute.

    Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed.

    She has authored or edited thirteen books, more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her latest book, Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi (Cambridge University Press 2014), examines the post-disaster recovery along the coast and the role that historic, economic, and social factors play in producing the differential recovery that is so apparent today.

    She has led post event field teams in examining Three Mile Island (1979), Hurricane Floyd (1999), September 11th World Trade Center attack (2001), Graniteville, SC train derailment and chlorine spill (2005), Hurricane Katrina (2005), and Hurricane Sandy (2012).

    She has provided expert testimony to Congress on hazards and vulnerability and was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers IPET team evaluating the social impacts of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System in response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Dr. Cutter has provided expert testimony to Congress on hazards and vulnerability and was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers IPET team evaluating the social impacts of flood protection systems in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina.

    She also served as a juror in the HUD-sponsored Rebuild by Design competition which awarded innovative projects to increase resilience in the Hurricane Sandy affected region.

    Dr. Cutter serves on many national advisory boards and committees including those of National Research Council (NRC), the AAAS, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Natural Hazards Center (Boulder, CO), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

    She also serves as Vice-Chair of the international Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Science Committee supported by ISSC, ICSU, and UN-ISDR. Dr. Cutter is co-executive editor of Environment and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford University Research Encyclopedias: Natural Hazards Science.

    Professor David Johnston

    Professor David Johnston is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science (New Zealand’s Geological Survey) and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

    His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries. 

    His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery.

    David is the Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee (IRDR), a programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISCC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster reduction (UNISDR); on New Zealand’s Royal Society Social Science Advisory Panel; the Editor of The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies; and founding Editor of the Journal of Applied Volcanology.

  • College of Indigenous and Future Knowledges, Charles Darwin University

    Dr. Akhilesh Surjan                                                                            

    Dr. Jonatan Lassa                          

     

    University of Canberra                                                                             

    Dr Petra Buergelt               

    Prof. Iain Walker     

     

    University of Tasmania, College of Science and Engineering                

    Dr. Rebecca Carey           

    Dr. Sandra Astill     

    Dr. Oanh Nguyen

     

    Institute of Technology Bandung

    Dr Saut  Sagala