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Project Leader and PhD Student
Key interests:


Project leadership

This project, now in its utilisation phase, has developed a training program that builds on the current assets in place, such as the ranger programs, and leads to increasing levels of competence and confidence and in its turn, resilience. The project is a response to north Australian stakeholder concerns that existing training is inadequate for their needs.

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.

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:

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 21 Mar 2014 Fire management training for northern Australia Save (1.22 MB) fire, indigenous communities, Northern Australia
Presentation-Slideshow 10 Apr 2015 North Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazard Training 2015 NSW RAF Presentation Save (3.01 MB) multi-hazard, Northern Australia, planning
Presentation-Slideshow 03 Jul 2015 North Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazard Training Save (1.29 MB) fire, multi-hazard
14 Oct 2015 Stephen Sutton PhD Progress Report 2015 Save (66.05 KB)
Presentation-Audio-Video 22 Mar 2016 Northern Australia bushfire and natural hazard training - project overview Save (0 bytes) multi-hazard, Northern Australia, risk management
Presentation-Slideshow 17 May 2016 North Australian bushfire and natural hazard training Save (2.01 MB) fire, local knowledge, Northern Australia
HazardNoteEdition 14 Jun 2016 What is disaster resilience and how can it be measured? Save (373.58 KB) communities, indigenous communities, resilience
Presentation-Slideshow 30 Aug 2016 How do island communities balance disaster resilience and what can mainlanders learn from that? - Stephen Sutton Save (2.63 MB) communities, indigenous communities, tsunami
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 North Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazard Training Save (2.18 MB) communities, indigenous communities, local knowledge
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Jul 2017 Building community resilience in remote north Australia Save (5.37 MB) communities, indigenous communities, Northern Australia

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