Research leader

A/Prof Kim Johnston Research Leader

Research team

Prof Maureen Taylor Research Team
Dr Barbara Ryan Research Team

End User representatives

David Webber End-User
Troy Davies End-User
Nicola Moore End-User
Sarah Dean End-User
Matt Pinder End-User
Sioux Campbell End-User

This project is helping emergency management agencies better prepare communities for emergencies. The project tested a community engagement framework for emergency preparation that will guide and support community engagement activities that will be conducted by agencies.

This project considers the more immediate need for community engagement by emergency end-user/agencies for preparedness, which occurs annually, rather than for resilience, which is longer term and involves cross-government involvement including from outside the emergency management sphere.

Read the final report here.

Year Type Citation
2020 Journal Article Taylor, M., Ryan, B. & Johnston, K. The missing link in emergency management: evaluating community engagement. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 35, 45-52 (2020).
2020 Journal Article Ryan, B., Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & McAndrew, R. Community engagement for disaster preparedness: A systematic literature review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (2020). doi:
2020 Journal Article Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & Ryan, B. Emergency management communication: The paradox of the positive in public communication for preparedness. Public Relations Review 46, (2020).
2020 Report Ryan, B., Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & McAndrew, R. A systematic literature review of effectiveness of community engagement for preparedness techniques. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2020).
2019 Report Ryan, B., Johnston, K. & Taylor, M. Community engagement techniques toolkit. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
2019 Report Johnston, K., Ryan, B. & Taylor, M. Mapping approaches to community engagement for preparedness in Australia - final report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
2019 Report Taylor, M., Johnston, K. & Ryan, B. Monitoring, evaluation and learning toolkit. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
27 Aug 2019
Map preparedness community engagement approaches by Australian agencies and organisations
31 Aug 2020
Key findings: Building capacity to prepare: A generative model of community engagement for preparedness