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Jessica Weir
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Jessica Weir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. Jessica’s research engages with the social-cultural dimensions of environmental issues, and her publications span water management, bushfire aware planning, native title, weeds and climate change. Jessica has held positions Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra and Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) where she founded the AIATSIS Land and Water Research Centre. Jessica is an editorial board member of the Routledge Environmental Humanities Book Series, and a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

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There is a significant knowledge deficit concerning how science and other forms of knowledge are used and integrated into emergency management policy and practice, leading to incorrect and counterproductive misunderstandings. The emphasis on the value of scientific knowledge within the natural hazards sector – and particularly in regards to risk mitigation – is legitimate. However, to this point, this valuing of science has not been accompanied by research into the actual opportunities and challenges of using science in policy and practice.

This project, which has transitioned to its utilisation phase, has produced a number of journal articles documenting issues related to scientific uncertainty in bushfire and flood risk mitigation.

This project commenced in July 2017. Within the context of reducing natural hazard risk and increasing resilience in southern Australia, it focuses explicitly on the risk and resilience priorities of Indigenous communities in southern Australia, the emergency management sector’s priorities for these communities, and how these interests interact. Its intention is to identify where improvements might be made to reduce natural hazard risk and increase social and ecological resilience. This research complements existing and completed CRC projects.
Year Type Citation
2017 Report Weir, J. & Clarke, L. Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning: annual report 2016-17. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Conference Paper Weir, J., Neale, T. & Clarke, L. Science is critical but it's not everything: our findings. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Journal Article Neale, T., Weir, J. & McGee, T. K. Knowing wildfire risk: Scientific interactions with risk mitigation policy and practice in Victoria, Australia. Geoforum 72, (2016).
2016 Report Weir, J. & Neale, T. Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Neale, T., Weir, J. & Dovers, S. Science in Motion: integrating scientific knowledge into bushfire risk mitigation in southwest Victoria. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 31, (2016).
2015 Report Weir, J. & Neale, T. Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Conference Paper Neale, T. & Weir, J. Science in motion: knowledge practices and prescribed burning in southwest Victoria - non peer reviewed extended abstract. Adelaide Conference 2015 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Neale, T. & Weir, J. Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: A qualitative review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 13, 255-265 (2015).
2015 Report Neale, T. & Weir, J. Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2014 Journal Article McLennan, B. J. et al. Negotiating risk and responsibility through law, policy and planning. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 29, (2014).
2013 Conference Proceedings Weir, J. Fire authorities and planners: reducing risk across diverse landscapes. 2013 Research Forum (2013). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/research-report/fire-authorities-and-planners-reducing-risk-across-diverse-landscapes>

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Presentation-Slideshow 19 Mar 2014 Scientific diversity and uncertainty - bushfire and flood risk mitigation PDF icon Save (241.15 KB) fire, flood, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 10 Apr 2015 Scientific Diversity 2015 NSW RAF Presentation PDF icon Save (843.34 KB) mitigation, planning, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 11 Sep 2015 Science in Motion PDF icon Save (1.44 MB) governance, policy
HazardNoteEdition 11 Jan 2016 Raising the bar on risk reduction policy and planning PDF icon Save (144.04 KB) governance, planning, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 30 Aug 2016 The social life of science: tales from Victoria and the Northern Territory - Jessica Weir PDF icon Save (1.49 MB) decision making, fire, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 What to do with uncertain science: practitioner experiences from Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory PDF icon Save (1.48 MB) governance, planning, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Hazards, Culture and Indigenous Communities PDF icon Save (273.08 KB) indigenous communities, resilience, risk management
29 Jun 2017 Cultural burning PDF icon Save (5.35 MB) communities, indigenous communities, prescribed burning
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Lightning presentation: hazards, culture and indigenous communities PDF icon Save (698.88 KB) indigenous communities, resilience, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Science is critical but it is not everything: our findings PDF icon Save (2.12 MB) governance, planning, policy
Presentation-Audio-Video 17 Apr 2018 Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities PDF icon Save (1.76 MB) emergency management, indigenous communities, multi-hazard