Shefali Juneja Lakhina

PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space, University of Wollongong

Shefali Juneja Lakhina has contributed to a range of policies and programs for strengthening disaster resilience across South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and South-East Europe since 2005. Her current doctoral research focuses attention on how refugee and humanitarian entrants find safety from local and seasonal hazards as they settle into the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Her doctoral research project 'Resilient Together: Engaging the knowledge and capacities of refugees for a disaster resilient Illawarra' received a Highly Commended in the 2018 NSW Resilient Australia Business Award Category. Building on her research methodology and findings in the Illawarra, she authored the ‘Co-learning disaster resilience toolkit: a person-centred approach to engaging with refugee narratives and practices of safety’ (2018).

Experience

  • 2016–2019
    PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space