Dr Christine Eriksen

Senior Lecturer in Geography and Sustainable Communities, 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.

She has published widely on the gendered norms and structural biases that define workplace culture, risk engagement, and coping capacity in the context of wildfire.

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 contextualises 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. 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.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    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

  • 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
  • 2018
    Embodied Uncertainty: Living with complexity and natural hazards, Journal of Risk Research
  • 2017
    Retrofitting for wildfire resilience: What is the cost?, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2017
    Examining perceptions of luck in post-bushfire sense-making in Australia, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2017
    The Affluence-Vulnerability Interface: Intersecting scales of risk, privilege and disaster, Environment and Planning A
  • 2017
    Research Ethics, Trauma and Self-care: Reflections on disaster geographies, Australian Geographer
  • 2016
    Gendered responses to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, Geographical Research
  • 2016
    How much does it cost residents to prepare their property for wildfire?, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2016
    Into the firing line: civilian ingress during the 2013 ‘‘Red October’’ bushfires, Australia, Natural Hazards
  • 2016
    Wildfire survival plans in theory and practice, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2016
    Gendered Dynamics of Wildland Firefighting in Australia, Society & Natural Resources
  • 2015
    Fire, water and everyday life: Bushfire and household defence in a changing climate, Fire Safety Journal
  • 2015
    The relevance of mindfulness practice for trauma-exposed disaster researchers, Emotion, Space and Society
  • 2015
    Landscape Preferences, Amenity, and Bushfire Risk in New South Wales, Australia, Environmental Management
  • 2014
    Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty, New York: Routledge
  • 2014
    Guest Editorial: Geographical Fire Research in Australia - Overview and Prospects, Geographical Research
  • 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
  • 2013
    Defining the Importance of Mental Preparedness for Risk Communication and Residents Well-Prepared for Wildfire, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2013
    Defining adequate means of residents to prepare property for protection from wildfire, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2013
    Wildfire preparedness, community cohesion and social-ecological systems, Global Environmental Change
  • 2012
    Engaging with the (Un)familiar: Field Teaching in a Multi-Campus Teaching Environment, Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • 2011
    The art of learning: Wildfire, amenity migration and local environmental knowledge, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2011
    Trial by Fire: natural hazards, mixed-methods and cultural research, Australian Geographer
  • 2010
    Bushfire and Everyday Life: Examining the Awareness-Action 'Gap' in Changing Rural Landscapes, Geoforum
  • 2010
    The Gendered Dimensions of Bushfire in Changing Rural Landscapes in Australia, Journal of Rural Studies
  • 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)