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Key people

Here's a list of Lincoln's key researchers in this area.

Key people

Here's a list of Lincoln's key researchers in this area.

Key people

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Hamish Rennie, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Planning Hamish's research focuses on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Suzanne Vallance, Lecturer in Urban Sciences Suzanne is documenting the multi and interdisciplinary lessons learnt in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake, with a particular focus on future land use, community resilience, decision-making processes, and environmental management post-quake.
Ken Hughey, Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies Ken developed and is working on a disaster risk reduction (DRR) toolkit for tourism in New Zealand. Ken is also supervising two students looking at a comparative Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) policy for DRR and tsunami response in the Maldives.
Peter Almond, Associate Professor in Soil Science Peter is researching liquefaction and paleesols and seismic hazards on alpine fault.
Susanne Becken. Adjunct Associate Professor Susanne’s research looks at tourism in potentially hazardous areas, focusing on managing tourism’s exposure and vulnerability to natural hazards to reduce disaster risk.
Jacky Bowring, Professor of Landscape Architecture Jacky is researching post-quake use of urban open space (comparative project with Chile); seismic sublime aesthetic responses to earthquakes; design and memory.
Anne Brower, Senior Lecturer Ann is working with University of Otago School of Medicine, GNS Science, and the US Geological Survey to launch a series of research projects examining the public health impacts of seismic events. The project that Lincoln researchers are leading considers the degree of seismic resistance of the built environment to seismic shock as a cause, and public health costs as an effect.
Tim Curran, Senior Lecturer in Ecology Tim and his students use plant functional traits to investigate how plants respond to extreme climatic events such as drought, cyclones, frost, and other disturbances such as fire. He is particularly interested in understanding how and why plants differ in their flammability and what this might mean for NZ ecosystems under global climate change.
Nick Dickinson, Professor of Ecology The focus of Prof. Dickinson’s research group is the ecological restoration and remediation of degraded and contaminated land. Current projects include studies of biodiversity and soil ecology in agricultural matrices and other human-modified ecosystems in New Zealand.
Sharon Forbes, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Sharon is researching consumer behaviour after a natural disaster.
Gary Garner, Senior Lecturer Gary's research focuses on the impact of the recently mapped Fault Avoidance Zone (FAZ) on the price and saleability of directly affected property on the West Coast of New Zealand. 
Roslyn Kerr, Lecturer in Recreation, Sport and Leisure Roslyn is interested in the impact of the earthquakes on sport and recreation. She has supervised several student projects examining the impacts of the earthquakes on swimming, hockey, high performance sport and the locations of new facilities.
Koji Kobayashi, Lecturer in Sociology, Policy and Sport Koji is designing research that looks into post-disaster recovery of and through sport and recreation.  In particular, he focuses on how sport and recreation have been affected and re-structured in the post-earthquake contexts of north-eastern Japan and Christchurch in New Zealand.  He also intends to examine the role of sport and recreation in contributing to the building of resilient communities.
Simon Lambert, Senior Lecturer Simon is specifically examining how the recent Canterbury earthquakes affected Māori communities. His research - continuously updated in his blog  - has extended to broader indigenous issues, and he recently returned from the United Nations Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, where he was speaking on Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction.
John McDonagh, Associate Professor in Property Studies John is looking at the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on building owners and tenants in the central business district.
Roy Montgomery, Head of Department - Environmental Management, Senior Lecturer Roy’s current areas of interest include disaster risk reduction, community resilience planning, and the improved integration of conventional urban and regional planning with planning for natural and human-induced hazards. His funded research is aimed at producing best practice guidelines for community response plans using four locations in Canterbury as complementary social and environmental contexts for modelling purposes.
Brent Nahkies, Senior Lecturer Brent's research looks at the New Zealand government's proposal to require the mandatory seismic retrofitting of all earthquake–prone buildings in New Zealand, and the huge economic challenges.
Jack Radford, Senior Lecturer in Accounting Jack's research focuses on exploring resilience characteristics of small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
David Simmons, Professor of Tourism David has been heavily involved with measuring and monitoring the Christchurch and New Zealand tourism markets post-earthquakes, He has given keynote addresses internationally on tourism and risk management. Currently he is supervising a student examining disaster risk reduction (DRR) and tsunami response in Maldives. Through the Earthcheck Research Institute he is cooperating in developing a web-based app to assist the sector in immediate response communications.
Gary Steel, Senior Lecturer Gary is studying human behaviour under stress.
Glenn Stewart, Professor of Urban Ecology Glenn is researching urban ecological recovery and designing for resilience.
Andreas Wesener, Lecturer in Urban Design Andreas' work focuses on transitional community-initiated open spaces in Christchurch.
Mark Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management Mark is researching the nature of coordination and collaboration of the large number of agencies and actors present in a disaster theatre of operations, and also during the rebuild phase.