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Centre for Disaster Studies
James Cook University


Contact Person: Dr. Yetta Gurtner


The Centre for Disaster Studies is a multi-disciplinary research unit within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. The Centre has acted as the university's face to the public and the professionals in the Emergency Management and Meteorology fields, city councils and other researchers since its establishment in 1979. Members have extensive research expertise, field work experience and professional teaching capacity in community based disaster management (all hazards).

Academic research members have a strong foundation in the following research areas (both domestic and international):

- Integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

- Land use planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change

- Building resilience in the built, natural and social environment

- Tourism crisis and disaster management

- Vulnerability and capacity assessment (community mapping for DRR and recovery)

- Social network analysis for disaster governance, risk reduction and resilience

- Post disaster assessment for response and recovery

- Sustainable development/redevelopment and livelihoods

Affiliate members of the Centre also conduct relevant research in the fields of engineering, public health, nursing, journalism/media, psychology, education, anthropology, human geography and the broader social sciences.

The Centre has extensive experience in the translation of research and science into effective policy recommendations and action.

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