Dr David Barton

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Dr David Barton

David Barton completed his PhD with RMIT University in January 2018. His thesis explored the experiences of Marysville post-Black Saturday 2009 bushfire survivors, identifying widespread post-fire disempowerment and, with a focus upon attachment theory and behaviour, identified a new phenomenon now known as Post-Disaster Attachment Trauma (PDAT). His findings contribute towards improved disaster management responses benefitting post-disaster recovery. Dr Barton is now working with the Bushfire Education Foundation in Marysville and is converting his thesis into a book. His thesis is available here.

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David Barton, from RMIT University, examined the concept of loss, from definitional stages through to the stages of recovery. His thesis draws on his personal insights of his experiences into the Black Saturday fires, as well as the experiences of his Marysville community. He completed his PhD in December 2017.

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