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Project leadership

To meet the needs of fire and emergency managers in northern Australia, this project is establishing training units that meet the requirements of emergency management in the north.

Student project

This thesis examines the components of the socio-cultural context of an Indonesian island community that reportedly led to a remarkably low level of casualties during the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Various elements of the social context of the Simeulue Island community are being assessed for their contribution to disaster response behaviour, potentially including community participation, collective efficacy, empowerment and trust as well as the maintenance of traditional disaster response knowledge. The key factors that contributed to the disaster response behaviour will then be considered in Australian cultural settings with a view to improving risk communication and community resilience.
Year Type Citation
2016 Report Sutton, S. Northern Australia bushfire and natural hazard training: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Sutton, S. How do island communities balance disaster resilience and what can mainlanders learn from that?. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Conference Paper Gould, J., Sithole, B., Campbell, A., James, G. & Sutton, S. Building Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in Northern Australia Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Sutton, S. Bushfire and natural hazard training for Northern Australia: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).

Posters credited

Learning Together: Cross Cultural Emergency Management Training for Northern Australia

This project develops BNH Training built on learnings from BNHCRC research and tailored to North Australian needs. It employs a didactic approach to build understanding of differing world views about fire and emergency management. Its delivery mode is designed to increase levels of competence, confidence and resilience, particularly in remote regions.

Cultural Drivers of Disaster Risk Reduction Behaviour

This project examines the case study of Simeulue Island - A  rare example of an entire community responding well to the threat of a major disaster – Resulting in very little loss of life.

Steve Sutton Conference Poster 2016

This project is about what went right –a disaster where the whole community responded in exactly the right way, at the right time saving tens of thousands of lives.

Key Topics:

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