Lesley Gray

Associate student
Lesley Gray

Lesley is a senior lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice at the University of Otago School of Medicine, Wellington. She is also a part time PhD student with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University/GNS Science). Lesley has a background in primary health care and public health and was made a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health in 2008.

As a public health specialist, Lesley was responsible for a range of portfolios including sexual health and obesity strategies and was responsible for risk communication relating to communicable and non-communicable diseases. Lesley’s research has evolved around risk communication, health and behaviour in primary health care and communities.

Lesley has been an affiliate of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University and GNS Science, New Zealand) since 2010 and commenced her PhD with the Joint Centre in 2016.

Student project

Large bodied people or those people with morbid obesity are ‘conspicuously invisible’ in research relating to disasters. The Sendai Framework (UN, 2015) sets out the urgency to anticipate, plan for, and reduce disaster risk globally. Work is required to reduce exposure and vulnerabilities. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches need to be broader and more people-centred.
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