Christine Eriksen

Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong

Christine's work focuses on social dimensions that underpin disaster vulnerability and resilience. It untangles a mesh of human-environment relations to better understand changing political and environmental contexts.

Her current research in Australia and North America, as well as previous work in Africa, examines the trade-offs people make between risks and benefits. She contextualise these trade-offs at scales ranging from individual households and community networks to official management agencies.

Christine was selected as a World Social Science 'Risk Interpretation and Action Fellow' by the International Social Science Council in 2013. Her sole-authored book 'Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty' was published in 2014. She was named as a 2016 Woman of Impact for outstanding contributions to research at the University of Wollongong as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program.


  • 2010–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia


  • 2010 
    University of Wollongong, Australia, PhD Human Geography
  • 2004 
    King's College London, MA Human Geography
  • 2003 
    School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, BA with joint Honours Geography and Social Anthropology


  • 2014
    Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty, New York: Routledge

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Community Resilience Innovation Program: ‘Resilient Together: Engaging the Knowledge and Capacities of Refugees for a Disaster Resilient Illawarra’
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    NSW Office of Emergency Management
  • 2017
    Discovery Project: ‘When Disaster Strikes: Under-Insurance in an Age of Volatility’
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    DECRA: ‘Bushfires, Faith and Community Cohesion: Building a Resilient Australia’
    Sole investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    National Competitive Grant: ‘Co-Existing with Fire: Managing Risk and Amenity at the Rural-Urban Interface’
    Funding Source:
    Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
  • Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)