I am a human geographer specialising in disaster risk reduction (DRR), vulnerability, and resilience. My research examines the complex set of contextual factors that impede and/or improve resilience and vulnerability levels to risk with a regional focus on South-East Asia and Australia and the South Pacific. My research career began looking at the vulnerability and resilience of tourism destinations to natural hazards. However, the last several years has seen my focus shift to disability and disasters.
Taking a systems approach, my current work explores two fundamental questions designed to advance inclusion 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 DiDRR a lived reality.