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Christine Eriksen

Dr Christine Eriksen is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). As a social scientist, her research focuses on cultural, socioeconomic and political dimensions that underpin disaster vulnerability. It untangles a mesh of human-​environment relations to better understand risk and resilience. By bringing human geography, social justice and environmental hazards into dialogue, her widely published work has gained her international recognition as a disaster researcher.

Prior to joining ETH Zürich in 2020, Dr Eriksen worked for 13 years as a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She was selected as a 'World Social Science Risk Interpretation and Action Fellow' by the International Social Science Council in 2013, and 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. In 2019, she was recognised as a Woman Leader in Fire Science by the journal 'Fire'.

Dr Eriksen is the author of two books: 'Alliances in the Anthropocene: Fire, Plants and People' published in 2020 and 'Gender and Wildfires: Landscapes of Uncertainty' published in 2014.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Senior researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
  • 2018–2020
    Senior lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2010–2018
    Senior research fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

Education

  • 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

Publications

  • 2021
    Dilemmas, decision-making and disasters: Emotions of parenting, safety and rebuilding in bushfire recovery, Area
  • 2020
    Europe's Fiery Future: Rethinking Wildfire Policy, CSS Policy Perspective
  • 2020
    Untangling insurance, rebuilding, and wellbeing in bushfire recovery, Geographical Research
  • 2020
    Alliances in the Anthropocene: Fire, Plants, and People, New York: Routledge
  • 2020
    Rethinking the interplay between affluence and vulnerability to aid climate change adaptive capacity, Climatic Change
  • 2020
    Why insurance matters: insights from research post-disaster, Australian Journal of Emergency Management
  • 2019
    Coping, caring and believing: The embodied work of disaster recovery workers, Emotion, Space and Society
  • 2019
    People from refugee backgrounds contribute to a disaster-resilient Illawarra, Australian Journal of Emergency Management
  • 2019
    Defensive Actions and People Preparedness, Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires
  • 2019
    Human vulnerability to ‘natural’ disasters: A case study of Hurricane Katrina, Geography Review
  • 2019
    Impacts of Wildfire on Children, Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires
  • 2019
    An Unmitigated Disaster: Shifting from Response and Recovery to Mitigation for an Insurable Future, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • 2019
    When insurance and goodwill are not enough: Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings, risk calculations and disaster resilience in Australia, Australian Geographer
  • 2018
    Embodied Uncertainty: Living with complexity and natural hazards, Journal of Risk Research
  • 2018
    Negotiating adversity with humour: A case study of wildland firefighter women, Political Geography
  • 2018
    The Wildfire Within: Gender, leadership, and wildland fire culture, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2017
    The Affluence-Vulnerability Interface: Intersecting scales of risk, privilege and disaster, Environment and Planning A
  • 2017
    Examining perceptions of luck in post-bushfire sense-making in Australia, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2017
    Retrofitting for wildfire resilience: What is the cost?, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2017
    Research Ethics, Trauma and Self-care: Reflections on disaster geographies, Australian Geographer
  • 2016
    Into the firing line: civilian ingress during the 2013 ‘‘Red October’’ bushfires, Australia, Natural Hazards
  • 2016
    How much does it cost residents to prepare their property for wildfire?, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2016
    Gendered responses to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, Geographical Research
  • 2016
    Gendered Dynamics of Wildland Firefighting in Australia, Society & Natural Resources
  • 2016
    Wildfire survival plans in theory and practice, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2015
    Fire, water and everyday life: Bushfire and household defence in a changing climate, Fire Safety Journal
  • 2015
    Landscape Preferences, Amenity, and Bushfire Risk in New South Wales, Australia, Environmental Management
  • 2015
    The relevance of mindfulness practice for trauma-exposed disaster researchers, Emotion, Space and Society
  • 2014
    The Retention, Revival and Subjugation of Indigenous Fire Knowledge through Agency Fire Fighting in Eastern Australia and California, USA, Society & Natural Resources
  • 2014
    Gendered Risk Engagement: Challenging the Embedded Vulnerability, Social Norms and Power Relations in Conventional Australian Bushfire Education, Geographical Research
  • 2014
    Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty, New York: Routledge
  • 2014
    Guest Editorial: Geographical Fire Research in Australia - Overview and Prospects, Geographical Research
  • 2013
    Wildfire preparedness, community cohesion and social-ecological systems, Global Environmental Change
  • 2013
    Defining adequate means of residents to prepare property for protection from wildfire, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2013
    Defining the Importance of Mental Preparedness for Risk Communication and Residents Well-Prepared for Wildfire, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2012
    Engaging with the (Un)familiar: Field Teaching in a Multi-Campus Teaching Environment, Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2011
    Trial by Fire: natural hazards, mixed-methods and cultural research, Australian Geographer
  • 2011
    The art of learning: Wildfire, amenity migration and local environmental knowledge, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2010
    The Gendered Dimensions of Bushfire in Changing Rural Landscapes in Australia, Journal of Rural Studies
  • 2010
    Bushfire and Everyday Life: Examining the Awareness-Action 'Gap' in Changing Rural Landscapes, Geoforum
  • 2007
    Why do they burn the 'bush'? Fire, rural livelihoods, and conservation in Zambia, Geographical Journal

Grants and Contracts

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