Bushfire & natural hazards
Following the election of the Abbott Government, increased funding became available for bushfire and natural hazard research, partly via the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC.
Several projects funded were earlier work by Professor Jones and Celeste Young ‘Mapping and Understanding Natural Hazard Risk and Vulnerability at the Institutional Scale’ on developing an economic geography and decision-making framework to assist emergency service practitioners on shared ownership of risk.
Subsequent work is on increasing diversity in emergency services organisations titled ‘Building Strength and Capability through Diversity’ which aims to develop a framework that will assist better management and measurement of diversity and inclusion in emergency management organisations.
Recovery of diverse communities following bushfire
The project 'Understanding experiences and recovery capabilities of diverse communities in Gippsland post 2019–20' has been funded through Victoria University's planetary health initiative.
Natural hazards are becoming increasingly dynamic and novel, challenging recovery and resilience. The aim of this research is to understand the recovery experience of communities in Gippsland (Southern Victoria) following the bushfires of late 2019. It will identify factors that contribute to increasing vulnerability, or building resilience, of different cohorts within these communities.
Growing the Seeds
The Growing the Seeds report provides a systemic assessment of the community, economic and risk landscapes in East Gippsland and Wellington Shires following the 2019/2020 bushfires.
Not only were they the worst fires on record for the region, but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on how these communities are recovering.
The report focuses on community strengths and capabilities, and the emerging recovery needs in this unprecedented situation. It provides insight into the changing nature of disaster recovery in the face of increasingly intense and intersecting events facing communities.