Dr Ken Strahan

Associate student
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Dr Ken Strahan

Dr Ken Strahan’s thesis was completed in 2017 and investigated the factors influencing household self-evacuation in two Australian bushfires (Perth Hills 2014 and Sampson Flat 2015). His research explored the factors that influenced householders’ decisions to evacuate, identified factors that predict self-evacuation and established the characteristics of self-evacuators. Ken’s findings showed that environmental and social cues and warnings and householders’ perceptions of the threat, of hazard adjustments and of other stakeholders, influenced self-evacuation decision making. His findings suggest that future research on those who wait and see during a bushfire should take account of their decisional rules of thumb and that design and targeting of Australian bushfire safety policy should better account for self-evacuator characteristics.

Ken is the managing director of Strahan Research and is leading a CRC commissioned research project funded by the Victorian Safer Together Program on the application of self-evacuation archetypes.

Project leadership

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Safer Together Program.

Student project

This thesis was completed in 2017 and investigated the factors influencing household self-evacuation in two Australian bushfires (Perth Hills 2014 and Adelaide Hills 2015). Dr Strahan’s research explored the factors that influenced householders’ decisions to evacuate, identified factors that predict self-evacuation and established the characteristics of self-evacuators. His findings showed that environmental and social cues and warnings and householders’ perceptions of the threat, of hazard adjustments and of other stakeholders, influenced self-evacuation decision making.
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Research team

Type Project Research team
Commissioned Research The value of disaster research kstrahan, akeating
27 Sep 2019
People respond to bushfires in different and complex ways according to their circumstances and...

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