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Phil Morley
Project Leader

About

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 is developing an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index. The Index is a tool for assessing the resilience of communities to natural hazards at a large scale and is designed to provide input into macro-level policy, strategic planning and community engagement activities at national, state and local government levels.

Deliverables will include development of disaster resilience indicators, maps of disaster resilience at multiples scales, a State of Disaster Resilience Report, and examples that use the Index in a natural hazard resilience planning context.

This project, which began in July 2017, will address two complementary areas of research relating to the long term recovery of communities after a disaster.

Firstly, the project will investigate how a person’s history of moving house or town influences the likelihood of their willingness to dissolve social ties.

The second area will be an examination of the enablers and barriers to successful recovery using a framework of community capital and the tracking of capital flows. This will look at natural, cultural, human, social, political, built and financial capital resources, their interconnectedness and interactions in disaster recovery. Examination of these assets through case studies and working with end-users will identify both potential areas for improvements, as well as recognise what has worked well in recovering communities. This process will provide feedback and a guide for the planning of recovery activities in a range of communities.

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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.

Key Topics:
The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index


Australia faces increasing losses from natural hazard events. 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 is a system to assess and report the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards.

Factors affecting long term community recovery


This project will address two complimentary areas of research relating to the long term recovery of communities after a disaster.

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