Dr Emma Calgaro

Sydney Research Fellow

Member of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 7549

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Biographical details

I am a human geographer specialising in disaster risk reduction, vulnerability, and resilience. My research explores the drivers of vulnerability and resilience in the coupled human-environment system with a regional focus on South-East Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. Specifically, I focus on understanding the complex set of contextual factors (socio-cultural, political, economic, and biophysical) that impede and/or improve resilience to risk.

Taking a systems approach, my current work explores two fundamental questions designed to advance greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the disaster space: 1) what does inclusion means in the context of DRR and 2) what steps - including knowledge generation and sharing, processes and practices - are needed to make Disability-inclusive DRR a lived reality.

Research interests

  • Human dimensions of environmental change and risk responses
  • Theoretical approaches in vulnerability research and sustainability science with an emphasis on contextual influences on change in the coupled human-environment system
  • Linkages between culture and risk
  • Disability, risk, equity and resilience
  • Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) in theory and practice
  • Natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, with an emphasis on tourism and the coastal zone
  • Climate change adaptation, with a focus on coral reefs and climate change impacts on tourism livelihoods in Asia and the South Pacific
  • Building resilience and adaptive capacity to change
  • The politics of aid and change
  • Geographies of scale, place, and temporality and their application to sustainability science and development

Current projects

Sydney Fellowship - Disasters and Disability: Making inclusion a reality.

Chief Investigator on the project entitled Disability and disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk funded through the Global Resilience Partnership (Stage 3).

Selected grants

2017

  • Disasters and Disability: Making inclusion a reality; Calgaro E; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

2015

  • Disability and disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk (Stage 3); Calgaro E, Dominey-Howes D; Global Resilience Partnership/Research Grant.
  • Disability and disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk (Stage 1 & 2); Calgaro E, Dominey-Howes D, Johnson K, Aparri J, Maunes J, Craig L, Craig N; Global Resilience Partnership/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Thomalla, F., Boyland, M., Calgaro, E. (2018). Disasters and development in Southeast Asia: Towards equitable resilience and sustainability. In Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law, Fiona Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Development, (pp. 342-361). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Jiang, M., Calgaro, E., Klint, L., Dominey-Howes, D., DeLacy, T., Noakes, S. (2015). Understanding climate change vulnerability and resilience of tourism destinations: An example of community-based tourism in Samoa. In Stephen Pratt, David Harrison (Eds.), Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current issues and future challenges, (pp. 239-256). Abingdon: Routledge.

Journals

  • van der Veeken, S., Calgaro, E., Klint, L., Law, A., Jiang, M., de Lacy, T., Dominey-Howes, D. (2016). Tourism destinations' vulnerability to climate change: Nature-based tourism in Vava'u, the Kingdom of Tonga. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 16(1), 50-71. [More Information]
  • Calgaro, E. (2015). If you are vulnerable and you know it raise your hand: Experiences from working in post-tsunami Thailand. Emotion, Space and Society, 17, 45-54. [More Information]
  • Calgaro, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Lloyd, K. (2014). Application of the Destination Sustainability Framework to explore the drivers of vulnerability in Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Pascoe, S., Doshi, A., Thebaud, O., Thomas, C., Schuttenberg, H., Heron, S., Setiasih, N., Tan, J., Wallmo, K., Loper, C., Calgaro, E. (2014). Estimating the potential impact of entry fees for marine parks on dive tourism in South East Asia. Marine Policy, 47, 147-152. [More Information]
  • Calgaro, E., Lloyd, K., Dominey-Howes, D. (2014). From vulnerability to transformation: a framework for assessing the vulnerability and resilience of tourism destinations. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(3), 341-360. [More Information]
  • van Zijll de Jong, S., Dominey-Howes, D., Roman, C., Calgaro, E., Gero, A., Veland, S., Bird, D., Muliaina, T., Tuiloma-Sua, D., Afioga, T. (2011). Process, practice and priorities - key lessons learnt undertaking sensitive social reconnaissance research as part of an (UNESCO-IOC) International Tsunami Survey Team. Earth-Science Reviews, 107(42767), 174-192. [More Information]

Other

  • Eriksen, C., Amri, A., Towers, B., Calgaro, E., Richardson, J., Haynes, K., McKinnon, S. (2018), Children aren�t liabilities in disasters - they can help, if we let them.

2018

  • Eriksen, C., Amri, A., Towers, B., Calgaro, E., Richardson, J., Haynes, K., McKinnon, S. (2018), Children aren�t liabilities in disasters - they can help, if we let them.
  • Thomalla, F., Boyland, M., Calgaro, E. (2018). Disasters and development in Southeast Asia: Towards equitable resilience and sustainability. In Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law, Fiona Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Development, (pp. 342-361). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

2016

  • van der Veeken, S., Calgaro, E., Klint, L., Law, A., Jiang, M., de Lacy, T., Dominey-Howes, D. (2016). Tourism destinations' vulnerability to climate change: Nature-based tourism in Vava'u, the Kingdom of Tonga. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 16(1), 50-71. [More Information]

2015

  • Calgaro, E. (2015). If you are vulnerable and you know it raise your hand: Experiences from working in post-tsunami Thailand. Emotion, Space and Society, 17, 45-54. [More Information]
  • Jiang, M., Calgaro, E., Klint, L., Dominey-Howes, D., DeLacy, T., Noakes, S. (2015). Understanding climate change vulnerability and resilience of tourism destinations: An example of community-based tourism in Samoa. In Stephen Pratt, David Harrison (Eds.), Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current issues and future challenges, (pp. 239-256). Abingdon: Routledge.

2014

  • Calgaro, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Lloyd, K. (2014). Application of the Destination Sustainability Framework to explore the drivers of vulnerability in Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Pascoe, S., Doshi, A., Thebaud, O., Thomas, C., Schuttenberg, H., Heron, S., Setiasih, N., Tan, J., Wallmo, K., Loper, C., Calgaro, E. (2014). Estimating the potential impact of entry fees for marine parks on dive tourism in South East Asia. Marine Policy, 47, 147-152. [More Information]
  • Calgaro, E., Lloyd, K., Dominey-Howes, D. (2014). From vulnerability to transformation: a framework for assessing the vulnerability and resilience of tourism destinations. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(3), 341-360. [More Information]

2011

  • van Zijll de Jong, S., Dominey-Howes, D., Roman, C., Calgaro, E., Gero, A., Veland, S., Bird, D., Muliaina, T., Tuiloma-Sua, D., Afioga, T. (2011). Process, practice and priorities - key lessons learnt undertaking sensitive social reconnaissance research as part of an (UNESCO-IOC) International Tsunami Survey Team. Earth-Science Reviews, 107(42767), 174-192. [More Information]

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