Disasters take lives, cause devastation, impact individuals, families and communities and disrupt our socio-economic systems. On the face of it, it seems like disasters are becoming more common and devastating – but is this true?
Everyone is at risk from disasters – either physically or socio-economically. However, some individuals, families and communities seem more vulnerable and experience greater losses than others. Successful disaster risk reduction involves understanding something about the processes of hazard events but also the socio-economic, political and cultural contexts in which hazardous events trigger disasters.
Our academics who are involved with Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research areinterested in a wide range of natural and technological hazards and our work spans the interface between the human and earth environments/sciences - exploring the characteristics of natural hazards (distributions, frequencies & magnitudes) and their impacts on people, communities and human systems.
The goals of our work are to:
We focus on a wide variety of hazard and disaster risk related issues including (but not limited to):
We are involved in field-based, modelling and analytical research both in the Australasia region as well as around the world and members of the hazards research cluster collaborate with experts and government emergency management agencies at the local to global levels.
Recent projects include:
Core members of the group include:
In addition to the core group listed above, a significant number of other staff and students in the School of Geosciences are involved in hazard, risk and disaster related research.
Academics who specialise In Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Research are also active members of other Sydney University research clusters of excellence including the CITIES Network, Sydney Environment Institute and the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.
For information about opportunities to study with us, contact Professor Dale Dominey-Howes.