Douglas Brown

Dr Douglas Brown

Completed associate student
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Dr Douglas Brown

Dr Douglas Brown’s PhD commenced with the Bushfire CRC and was completed in 2018, exploring householders’ perceptions of bushfire risk and whether perceptions change when different building materials or design and architectural features are applied. His research investigated if these factors increase or decrease risk perception, or whether other factors, such as proximity to bushland, change the perception of fire risk.Douglas examined which parts of their house residents might consider safer and most vulnerable during a bushfire and why.

In order to investigate how particular aspects of the construction of a house influences residents’ expectations of its performance during a bushfire, residents were asked which architecture, construction or design attributes they might expect to improve the performance of a house during a bushfire.

Douglas is a regular contributor to The Conversation, runs his own consultancy, Bushfire Architecture, and teaches in the bushfire protection and construction management courses at Western Sydney University.

Student project

Doulgas Brown completed his PhD in 2018 with the University of Sydney.

This study commenced with the Bushfire CRC and explored householders’ perceptions of bushfire risk and whether perceptions change when different building materials or design and architectural features are applied. The research investigated if these factors increase or decrease risk perception, or whether other factors, such as proximity to bushland, change the perception of fire risk.

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