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Phil Morley
Project Leader


Phil Morley is a geographer with diverse research interests primarily focused on land use change, future scenario modelling, regional planning and disaster resilience. Working on a variety of projects has required varying levels of research in the fields of landscape ecology (ecological patterns and processes), human geography (demographics, rural to urban migration, urbanisation and growth modelling), probabilistic, exploratory and alternative future scenario modelling, urban and regional planning, hydrological modelling, climate change adaptation and statistical downscaling, natural hazards (social and community vulnerability, resilience, risk mapping and risk reduction) as well environmental and agricultural planning.

He is currently the co-lead researcher on the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index project funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Based on the characteristics of disaster resilience specified in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience this project which will develop an Australia wide index of resilience to natural hazards for Australian Communities. Previous projects have included Past, Present and Future Landscapes: Understanding Alternative Futures for Climate Change Adaptation of Coastal Settlements and Communities and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Hunter & Central Coasts.

Phil was awarded his PhD.in 2010 which researched the impacts of future population growth in northern NSW using future scenario modelling. Previously he completed a Master of Environmental Studies at Adelaide University with a dissertation component that considered the social and economic dimensions of planning for Marine Protected Areas. He has also completed a BSc in software development and has been employed in various roles within the IT industry.

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Project leadership

This project will develop an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.
This project, currently under development, will begin on 1 July 2017. It will investigate two complementary areas of research relating to the long term recovery of communities after a disaster. The first area looks at community connectedness from the perspective of people who move home often and live in different locations, and the role this plays in both their, and the communities, social recovery after an emergency. The second area will use case studies to examine the enablers and barriers to successful recovery, looking at natural, cultural, human, social, political, built and financial capital.
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Posters credited

The Australian natural disaster resilience index: A system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards

Resilient communities will be better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and adapt and learn in a changing environment.

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Assessing the Resilience of Australian Communities to Natural Hazards

Resilient communities are better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and recover From natural hazard events. The Australian natural disaster resilience index is a system of indicators that WILL assess and report the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards.

Melissa Parsons Conference Poster 2016

The Australian natural disaster resilience index (ANDRI) will assess the state of disaster resilience in Australia.

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All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook