Research leader

Jessica Weir
Dr Jessica Weir Research Leader
Timothy Neale
Dr Timothy Neale Research Leader

End User representatives

Adam Leavesley
Dean Freeman End-Users
Owen Gooding End-Users
Aidan Galpin End-Users
Mike Wouters
Mike Wouters End-Users
Rodney Carter End-Users
Simon Curry End-Users
David Nugent End-Users
Stuart Gunning End-Users
Kate White End-Users
Simone Blair End-Users

Research team

Will Smith Research Team
Brian Cook Research Team
Oliver Costello Research Team
Jeremy Dore Research Team

This project commenced in July 2017. Within the context of reducing natural hazard risk and increasing resilience in southern Australia, it focuses explicitly on the risk and resilience priorities of Indigenous communities in southern Australia, the emergency management sector’s priorities for these communities, and how these interests interact. Its intention is to identify where improvements might be made to reduce natural hazard risk and increase social and ecological resilience. This research complements existing and completed CRC projects.

Drawing upon and supporting innovation where it is occurring, this project will engage with natural hazards practitioners and decision-makers (including those of Indigenous and other cultural backgrounds) and Indigenous communities. The project’s intention is to build an inclusive narrative of intercultural hazard risk management which Indigenous peoples and practitioners can buy into. Building trust, capacity and knowledge in these intercultural contexts will reduce risk to Indigenous peoples, the wider community, and the environments in which we live.

This action-research project has three objectives:

  • Investigate the hazard priorities of diverse Indigenous communities in southern Australia, and the emergency management sector’s engagement with these communities;
  • Conduct collaborative research with Indigenous peoples and sector practitioners to explore how better engagement can be supported, with a focus on the interaction of scientific, Indigenous and other knowledge sources;
  • Analyse and report on what this dynamic intercultural context can offer practice and policy, including with respect to the merging of risk and resilience agendas.
Year Type Citation
2018 Report Smith, W., Weir, J. & Neale, T. Southeast Australia Aboriginal fire forum. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2018).
2017 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. Research proceedings from the 2017 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2017 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
Intercultural collaboration on Aboriginal country
19 Sep 2018

This innovative 3-year research project explores cultural difference and similarity to gain insights into natural hazard management policy and practice. Specifically investigating the existing and emerging engagements between the natural hazards sector and diverse Aboriginal peoples across southern Australia. This is an intercultural project for an intercultural society.