Policy and Economics of Hazards

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BNH CRC launch Parliament House Canberra 10 December 2013_2
BNH CRC launch Parliament House Canberra 10 December 2013_2

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This project will identify how current emergency management policies, institutions and governance arrangements help or hinder the ability of communities to play an active role in preparing for and responding to natural hazard events.

Government policies, institutions and governance arrangements fundamentally affect how individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural hazard events. Understanding relevant institutions and how they influence disaster management is essential to develop a whole of government and a whole of community understanding of risks and how to manage them.

Whilst there are many policies and institutions that contribute to and influence hazard management, this project is looking at:

  • What is ‘community’ and how can governments share responsibility with communities, as well as individuals, to improve the ability of communities to actively participate in emergency risk management? A paper has been submitted to Environmental Hazards.
  • How can insurers play a more active role in communicating risk and encouraging hazard mitigation? A paper has been submitted to the International Journal of Wildland Fire.
  • Is there a better process for effective lesson sharing after natural hazard events than a formal inquiry? The project has developed early recommendations for a revised post event inquiry process to better identify lessons from past events.

This research project is shedding light on current policy, institutional and governance arrangements with a view to developing new approaches to shared responsibility to increase community resilience to all natural hazards.

17 March, 2017
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
Earthquake house
15 November, 2016
An update from the project team with information for end-users and those interested in the latest news.
Kinglake, Victoria after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires
21 October, 2016
If you've been involved in a post disaster inquiry, you can help our research.
14 September, 2016
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
End-users and researchers engaged in technical discussions during breakout sessions at the 2016 Research Advisory Forum in Hobart.
19 May, 2016
The recent Research Advisory Forum in Hobart provided an excellent opportunity to check progress and (where necessary) refocus directions heading into the final stages of some work.
Caroline Wenger giving her three minute thesis presentation in September. Photo by ANU.
14 October, 2015
Three CRC PhD students have shown off their communications skills by making it to their three minute thesis university finals.
26 May, 2015
I have recently returned from a study tour to the US, where I undertook a number of key tasks for our CRC project.
Flooded house Victoria
13 February, 2015
The key issues facing emergency managers and the public were highlighted by researchers in a media briefing on 12 February.
Year Type Citation
2017 Journal Article Steele, W. E., Hussey, K. & Dovers, S. What's critical about critical infrastructure?. Urban Policy and Research 1-13 (2017). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2017.1282857
2016 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. Research proceedings from the 2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2016 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Eburn, M. & Cary, G. J. You own the fuel but who owns the fire?. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Eburn, M. & Dovers, S. Discussion paper: Learning for emergency services, looking for a new approach. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Eburn, M. Policies, institutions and governance of natural hazards: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Conference Paper Hussey, K. & Dovers, S. Managing Critical Infrastructure in a Changing Climate: Risk, Roles, Responsibilities and Politics Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (2015).
2015 Conference Paper Eburn, M., Hudson, D., Cha, I. & Dovers, S. Learning from Adversity: What Has 75 Years of Bushfire Inquiries Taught Us? Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (2015).
2015 Journal Article McLennan, B. J. & Eburn, M. Exposing hidden-value trade-offs: sharing wildfire management responsibility between government and citizens. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24, 162-169 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Eburn, M. & Dovers, S. Learning Lessons from Disasters: Alternatives to Royal Commissions and Other Quasi-Judicial Inquiries. Australian Journal of Public Administration 74, 495-508 (2015).
2015 Report Eburn, M. Policies, institutions and governance of natural hazards: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Eburn, M. Policies, Institutions and Governance (PIGS) of Natural Hazards Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2014 Journal Article Eburn, M. & Dovers, S. Risk Management from a Legal and Governance Perspective. Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management 4, 61-72 (2014).
Eburn poster
25 Aug 2014

This research will identify legal, policy and governance barriers to more active community (including the business community) involvement in emergency management. The research will identify solutions whether in reform of policy and governance structures and processes or how they are applied in practice.

Key Topics:
Insuring Agaisnt Disasters: Minimising Perverse Incentives and Promoting Mitigation
18 Aug 2015

Encouraging insurers to share and communicate bushfire risk with policy holders.

Key Topics:
Anna Lukasiewicz Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016

Community resilience is dependent on more than just engineering and preperation

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