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2018 Journal Article Owen, C., Hayes, P., Brooks, B., Scott, C. & Conway, G. Evidence to support incident management team capability. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 33, 5 (2018).
2018 Journal Article Owen, C. How emergency services organisations can – and do – utilise research. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 33, (2018).
2017 Conference Paper Bearman, C., Rainbird, S., Owen, C., Brooks, B. & Curnin, S. Enhancing team performance. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Conference Paper Brooks, B., Curnin, S., Bearman, C. & Owen, C. Identifying lessons from exercising and training for emergency management decision-making. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Journal Article Owen, C., Krusel, N., Bearman, C. & Brooks, B. From research outcome to agency change: mapping a learning trajectory of opportunities and challenges. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 32, (2017).
2017 Journal Article Bearman, C., Grunwald, J., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Tools for monitoring teams in emergency management: EMBAM and TBM. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 32, (2017).
2017 Report Bearman, C. et al. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational learning in emergency management: annual project report 2016-17. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Journal Article Bosomworth, K., Owen, C. & Curnin, S. Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking and capacity building. Disasters 41, 306-323 (2016).
2016 Report Bearman, C. et al. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational learning in emergency management: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Bearman, C., Rainbird, S., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Proposed tools for monitoring teams in emergency management. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Owen, C., Brooks, B., Bearman, C. & Curnin, S. Values and complexities in assessing strategic-level emergency management effectiveness. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 24, 181-190 (2016).
2015 Journal Article Curnin, S., Owen, C., Paton, D., Trist, C. & Parsons, D. Role Clarity, Swift Trust and Multi‐Agency Coordination. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 23, 29-35 (2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C. et al. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part One Executive Summary. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C. et al. Practical decision tools for improved decision-making in complex, time-constrained and multi-team environments: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Journal Article Bhandari, R., Owen, C. & Trist, C. Incident Management Approaches above the Incident Management Team Level in Australia. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 12, 101-119 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Bearman, C., Grunwald, J., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Breakdowns in coordinated decision making at and above the incident management team level: An analysis of three large scale Australian wildfires. Applied Ergonomics 47, 16-25 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Curnin, S., Owen, C., Paton, D. & Brooks, B. A theoretical framework for negotiating the path of emergency management multi-agency coordination. Applied Ergonomics 47, 300-307 (2015).
2015 Conference Paper Owen, C., Brooks, B. & Bearman, C. Challenges of Measuring Emergency Management Performance Under Adversity: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Owen, C., Scott, C., Adams, R. & Parsons, D. Leadership in crisis: developing beyond command and control. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 30, (2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Practical Decision Tools for Improved Decision-Making in Complex Situations Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2015 Report Owen, C. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part four organisational performance research stream. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2014 Book Owen, C. Human Factors Challenges in Emergency Management. (Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2014).
2014 Book Chapter Owen, C. & Bremner, P. A. Human Factors Challenges in Emergency Management Enhancing Individual and Team Performance in Fire and Emergency Services (Ashgate, 2014). at <http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472405234>
2013 Journal Article Abbasi, A., Owen, C., Hossain, L. & Hamra, J. Social Connectedness and Adaptive Team Coordination During Fire Events. Fire Safety Journal 59, 30-36 (2013).
2013 Report Owen, C., Bosomworth, K. & Brooks, B. Discussion paper synopsis: challenges for strategic emergency management. (2013).
2013 Conference Proceedings Bearman, C., Owen, C., Brooks, B. & Grunwald, J. The Problems of Maintaining Effective Teamwork During Out-of-Scale Events. 2013 Research Forum (2013). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/research-report/problems-maintaining-effective-teamwork-during-out-scale-events>
2013 Journal Article Owen, C. Gendered communication and public safety: Women, men and incident management. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, The 28, 3-10 (2013).
2013 Conference Proceedings Owen, C. et al. Politics, Policies and Paradigms: Challenges of Change in Future Emergency Management. 2013 Annual Conference (2013). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/research-report/politics-policies-and-paradigms-challenges-change-future-emergency-managem>
2013 Journal Article Hamra, J., Wigand, R., Hossain, L. & Owen, C. Network effects on learning during emergency events. Knowledge Management Research & Practice (2013). doi:10.1057/kmrp.2012.65
2013 Report Owen, C., Bosomworth, K., Bearman, C. & Brooks, B. Strategic emergency management in Australia and New Zealand - discussion paper on implications of research. (2013).
2012 Report Owen, C. Report on the French – Australian/New Zealand Collaborative Research Exchange. (2012). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/research-report/report-french-%E2%80%93-australiannew-zealand-collaborative-research-exchange>
2012 Report Owen, C. Information systems implications for information flow between layers in emergency management coordination. (2012).
2012 Journal Article Hamra, J., Hossain, L., Owen, C. & Abbasi, A. Effects of networks on learning during emergency events. Disaster Prevention and Management 21, 584-598 (2012).
2012 Report Owen, C. Challenges and implications facing senior personnel engaged at regional and state levels of emergency management operation coordination. (2012). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/research-report/challenges-and-implications-facing-senior-personnel-engaged-regional-and-s>
2012 Report Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Training Pathways for Effective Emergency Management Coordination above the IMT. (2012).
2011 Conference Paper Owen, C. The changing nature of emergency services multi-agency coordination. Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day (R.P. Thornton (Ed) 2011, ‘Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2010 Conference Science Day’ 1 September 2011, Sydney Australia, Bushfire CRC, 2011). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/managed/resource/214-233_the_changing_nature_of_emergency_services_multi-agency_coordination.pdf>
2010 Report Owen, C. & Dwyer, I. Review of Incident Management Teamwork and multi-agency collaboration. (2010).
2009 Journal Article Owen, C. Instructor beliefs and their mediation of instructor strategies. Journal of Workplace Learning 21, 477 - 495 (2009).
2009 Report Hickey, G. & Owen, C. Guidelines for enhancing Incident Management Team communication in Incident Control Centres. (2009).
2006 Report Owen, C., Dwyer, I. & Douglas, J. A review of the IMT-related literature in fire and emergency management settings. (2006).

Posters credited

Practical decision tools for improved decision-making in complex situations


There is increasing pressure on agencies from larger-scale natural hazards, financial constraints and declining volunteer numbers.

Negotiating the path of multi-agency coordination


This research specifically investigated strategic level multi-agency coordination arrangements.  

A Twelve Step Program Towards Safety Redemption in Emergency Management


The journey towards a mature system for managing safety has previously been imagined as a 'ladder' that organisations need to climb. Our research suggests there are twelve steps on this ladder for an organisation to achieve 'safety redemption'.

Decision Making, Team Monitoring and Organisational Learning


This Project aims to provide enhanced ways of:

  • Making decisions in complex situations
  • Monitoring teams to detect problems
  • Learning from operational performance
Key Topics:
Chris Bearman Conference Poster 2016


This project has three main research streams that are:
•Providing enhanced methods of making decisions;
•Developing methods to better monitor and modify the behavior of teams
•Identifying the enablers and barriers to organizational learning

Key Topics:
Decision making, team monitoring & organisational learning: 2017 update


This project has three main research streams that are:

  • Providing enhanced methods of making decisions;
  • Developing methods to better monitor and modify the behavior of teams
  • Identifying the enablers and barriers to organizational learning

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Aug 2014 Incidents - Decision Making in Teams PDF icon Save (3.53 MB) decision making
Presentation-Slideshow 08 Sep 2014 Challenges of measuring emergency management performance under adversity PDF icon Save (1.69 MB) decision making
Presentation-Audio-Video 20 Oct 2014 Measuring EM performance under adversity: The good, the bad, the ugly capability, emergency management
Presentation-Slideshow 10 Apr 2015 Decision Making 2015 NSW RAF Presentation PDF icon Save (1.98 MB) decision making, education
Presentation-Slideshow 17 May 2016 Decision making, team monitoring and organisational learning PDF icon Save (1.79 MB) communication, decision making, multi-hazard
Presentation-Slideshow 30 Aug 2016 Transforming the decision-making capabilities of leaders in emergency management - Ben Brooks PDF icon Save (1.04 MB) capability, decision making, emergency management
Presentation-Slideshow 30 Aug 2016 Team monitoring tools - Chris Bearman PDF icon Save (674.21 KB) capability, decision making, emergency management
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Team monitoring, decision making & organisational learning PDF icon Save (1.33 MB) decision making, emergency management
HazardNoteEdition 23 Jun 2017 Tools to enhance emergency management team performance PDF icon Save (568.01 KB) decision making, emergency management, multi-hazard
HazardNoteEdition 28 Jun 2017 Helping agencies learn from experience PDF icon Save (656.75 KB) decision making, education, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Enhancing teamwork PDF icon Save (349.78 KB) capability, decision making, emergency management
Presentation-Slideshow 16 Apr 2018 Team monitoring, decision making & organisational learning PDF icon Save (1.41 MB) decision making, emergency management
Presentation-Audio-Video 23 Apr 2018 How organisations can - and do – utilise research PDF icon Save (1.47 MB) decision making, emergency management