Hamish McLean's expertise is in crisis communication, disaster management, emergency journalism, social and traditional media in disasters and public relations practice. He has 30 years’ professional experience in emergency management, journalism and police media, along with operating a crisis and media consultancy for more than a decade with international clients in the health, aviation, law and allied sectors. His PhD is in media and disasters. Hamish’s research interests are in political communication during disasters and risk communication involving community resilience and disaster planning, response and recovery. He is part of a European-based research collaboration on risk communication and predictive disaster modelling. Hamish lectures in risk and crisis communication at Griffith University, Brisbane.