Research leader

A/Prof Mel Taylor Research Leader
Dr Katharine Haynes Research Leader

End User representatives

Elspeth Rae End-User
Tamsin Achilles End-User
Susan Davie
Susan Davie End-User
Kate White End-User
Peter Jeffrey End-User
Amanda Leck End-User
Amy Peden End-User
Suellen Flint
Suellen Flint End-User
Jon Carr End-User
Deborah Lamb End-User
Gemma Bellenger End-User
Joshua.McLaren End-User

This study commenced in July 2017. It will build on the recently completed CRC project on the analysis of Australian flood fatalities, which identified several important trends in relation to gender, age, activity at the time of death and reasons behind the actions taken. The research discovered many new fatalities, making floods the second most deadly natural hazard (following heatwaves) in terms of the total number of fatalities since 1900.

The opportunity to undertake a PhD in this project is currently open, with details available at http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/resilience-hazards/4097

This new project will develop an understanding of the motivations, beliefs, decision making processes and information needs of at-risk groups for flood fatalities. It will cover both age and gender, including an understanding of what a Plan B would look like, how to motivate proactive decision making ahead of the journey, what the current challenges and barriers are to this and what further support and information is needed.

Specific high risk behaviours include:

  1. Those driving and entering floodwaters, including those in 4WDs. While young males comprise the highest risk group for this activity, there are also high proportions of women and older men dying in recent years. Of note are the high numbers of fatalities among passengers, particularly females.
  2. Those recreating in floodwaters. Children and young adults, particularly boys and men, comprise the highest risk group. Parents are an associated risk communication target group for this category.

Outcomes will include targeted risk communication materials, which will be developed in partnership with end-users.

Academic Advisory Team

  • Andrew Gissing, Risk Frontiers
  • Dr Jonatan Lassa, Charles Darwin University
  • Dr Julia Irwin, Macquarie University
  • Ian Faulks, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Kyra Hamilton, Griffith University
30 Jun 2017
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