Research leader

Dr Paul Barnes
Dr Paul Barnes Research Leader

End User representatives

Heather Stuart
Heather Stuart End-Users
Brendan Moon End-Users
Julie Molloy End-Users
Alen Slijepcevic
Alen Slijepcevic End-Users
David Nichols
David Nichols End-Users
Darren Davies End-Users
Andrea Heath
Andrea Heath End-Users
John Cawcutt
John Cawcutt End-Users
Scott Turner End-Users
Iain McKenzie
Iain McKenzie End-Users
Phil Robeson End-Users
Roy Thompson End-Users
Michael Shepherd End-Users
Adam Lawson End-Users
Pat Jones End-Users

Research team

This study is examining the in-depth lessons from historical emergencies and disasters by engaging with state and federal response agencies, as well as those supporting response and recovery, and local government.  The project is examining options for defining agile and sustained skills sets across the full cycle of disaster management.

This study is also enhancing planning mechanisms for the delivery of effective disaster response and efficient recovery strategies for future emergencies. The combination of capability gap analysis and scenario-based futures-based thinking will allow the formation of scaled descriptions of capability along a continuum of increasing effectiveness, adaptability and sophistication to contribute to strengthening community resilience. 

This knowledge is critical because within the context of modern disaster situations, institutions would be unlikely to face single incidents but rather a series of systemic failures, often appearing concurrently. Emergent complexities in linked systems make crises difficult to anticipate and consequences difficult to plan for.  Furthermore, under emergency conditions the pressure on senior decision-makers to ‘make-sense’ of multiple lines of information (for both crisis and consequence modes) is significant. 

Capability needs for emergency and disaster management organisations
25 Aug 2014

Understanding future capability needs for response and recovery agencies and allied government agencies, with standing in the oversight of emergency and disaster response, are relatively un-addressed or where the relevant issues have been examined, remain incomplete. 

Key Topics
Network Centric Emergency Management: Options for Filling a Strategic Void in Interoperability Thinking
18 Aug 2015

The Problem: Traditional emergency management approaches are linear and siloed and not agile enough to meet today's complex and dynamic environment. Organisations endeavour to become interoperable, however with the current thinking, this simply moves the solution from one silo to another. A strategic void exists within interoperability thinking and without collaborative innovation and a network centric approach, emergency management practices will continue to lack the agility and capability to respond and recover effectively from dynamic and evolving threats.