Dr Sue Hunt

Completed PhD student
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Dr Sue Hunt

Dr Susan Hunt’s research investigated good practice for disaster resilience policy implementation. She proposed a good practice framework with four broad policy domains and policy objectives that could be used to achieve successful implementation. The framework is based on a model of dynamic and networked adaptive capacities: social capital, community competence, economic development, and information and communication. The provisional framework was applied to five disaster resilience case studies: one at each level of government, one in the business sector and one in a not-for-profit organisation.

This provided information about the extent that implementation of the five activities was being informed by disaster resilience policy objectives. It was found that the principal of subsidiarity, which is closely aligned with federalism, can account for the relative success of some implementation practices as well as explain how others could be improved. The application of subsidiarity as the guiding principle of governance in the Australian disaster management system would ensure power is shared effectively by regarding the need for capacity building, negotiated roles and responsibilities, unrestricted access to information, and effective coordination across the system. So, subsidiarity was incorporated as the 5th policy domain of the Disaster Resilience Policy Implementation Framework, providing a useful resource for disaster resilience policy practitioners.

After completing her PhD, Susan has been working as a private research consultant. She has led research for the CRC, commissioned by the Yarra Ranges, Maroondah City and Knox City Councils to evaluate how Maroondah and Knox City Councils’ policies align with resilience. Sue has assessed the councils’ resilience indicators for emergencies to identify gaps and opportunities for council policies to better support community resilience. Susan presented her PhD research at the CRC’s Research Forum in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Project leadership

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by Yarra Ranges City Council. Maroondah City Council, Knox City Council and Yarra Ranges Council form a tri-party eastern partnerships cluster. An important aspect of the partnership between these Councils is to facilitate knowledge exchange, learning and continuous improvement in the areas of emergency response, relief, recovery and resilience building.

Student project

This study is analysing Australia’s national framework policy for disaster management, the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, to assess its efficacy as a public policy instrument for supporting the development of localised disaster resilience across Australia.
Supervisory panel:
31 Aug 2020
Key findings: Successful disaster resilience policy relies on effective implementation enacted...
Implementing disaster resilience policy: making it happen in a federal system
18 Sep 2018
Disaster resilience policy is being implemented via a range of programs and activities across...
Implementing disaster resilience policy: making it happen in a federal system
30 Jun 2017
Disaster resilience policy is being implemented via a range of programs and activites across...
Susan Hunt Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
Disaster resilience policy is being implemented via a range of programs and activities across...
Implementing Policy for Enabling Disaster Resilience: Making it Happen in a Federal System
18 Aug 2015
Disaster resilience policy is being implemented via a range of programs and activities across...
Growing community disaster resilience: Are arrangements for implementing the national strategy for disaster resilience fit-for-purpose?
25 Aug 2014
This research will investigate the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (...

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