Dr Raven Cretney

Completed associate student
Dr Raven Cretney

Dr Raven Cretney’s thesis investigated the dynamics of urban crisis politics and community-led recovery in the context of the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand. Raven’s research took a dual approach towards the geographies of hope and crisis in the post-disaster urban environment, analysing the political nature of different forms of participation in disaster recovery at both the government and community level. As part of her research, Raven examined the New Zealand Government’s approach to long-term disaster recovery, as well as the alternative forms of community-led recovery that are contributing to change how people interact with the urban environment and each other.

Raven is currently a postdoctoral fellow in environmental planning in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Waikato in New
Zealand. She has also taught in the areas of human geography, environmental studies, development studies, and environmental politics and policy.

Her thesis is available here

Student project

The post-disaster city: Urban crisis politics and social change in community led earthquake recovery

I am a doctoral student in the Global Urban and Social Science department at RMIT. Originally from New Zealand, I moved to Melbourne three years ago to undertake my PhD. I have been working on research in the area of disaster response and recovery for five years throughout my Masters based in New Zealand at Victoria University of Wellington and my PhD while based at RMIT.

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