Our People

Emma Singh
PhD Student
Key interests:

About

Emma joined the team at Risk Frontiers as a research assistant in 2011 after finishing her MSc in Earth Science at Massey University, New Zealand. Emma's research looked at the possible impact of volcanic debris avalanches at Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand.

In mid-2013 she started her PhD with Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University. The PhD looks at disruption to lifeline networks from prolonged and complex natural hazard events. She isparticularly interested in natural hazards and their impacts on people and the environment.

Student project

Lifeline networks are the infrastructure and critical services needed for everyday life. Lifeline network failure has wide reaching impacts on residents, businesses, other critical services and, in a disaster, rescue and recovery. Currently there is limited research on the impact natural hazard events have on these systems and the flow on effects from their failure. To estimate the true impact of lifeline network disruption during a disaster, this study is developing a better understanding of network behaviour, interconnectedness and exposure to potential natural hazards.

Supervisory panel:
Year Type Citation
2015 Magazine Article Phillips, E. Volcanic eruptions and disruptions. Digital Actuaries (2015). at <http://www.actuaries.digital/2015/10/08/volcanic-eruptions-and-disruptions/>
2015 Conference Paper Phillips, E., de Oliveira, F. Dimer, Koschatzky, V. & Somerville, P. Disruption of critical infrastructure during prolonged natural disasters Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).

Posters credited

Disruption of critical infrastructure during prolonged natural disasters


The project aims to qualify and quantify the impacts of prolonged and multi-hazard natural hazard events on utility, transport and/or communication networks; and to also understand the interconnectedness of these critical services. 

Disruption of Critical Infrastructure during National Disasters


To understand how components of our built environment and society will fare during a disaster, knowledge is first needed on the interconnectedness of network systems and the role each component plays.

Key Topics:
Emma Singh Conference Poster 2016


Can graph theory techniques help with emergency response and optimal lifeline network recovery?

Disruption of critical infrastructure during natural disasters


Can graph theory techniques help with emergency response and optimal lifeline network recovery?