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{Disaster Risk Reduction Key People}

Research Fellows


Professor Susanne Becken
Griffith Institute for Tourism, Gold Coast, Australia

Professor Susanne Becken is the Director of Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith Business School, Gold Coast, Australia.  Susanne's research expertise covers:
* Tourism and climate change
* Energy use in tourism
* Global challenges for tourism (such as peak oil)
* Disaster management and tourism
* Tourist behaviour (such as transport and green purchasing)

Dr Tabitha Combs
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Tabitha's areas of expertise are transport and land use planning, the built environment-travel behavior connection, and transport planning in developing contexts, with a particular focus on social and environmental impacts of transport policies. Her overarching research goals are to expand our knowledge of the environmental determinants of travel behavior and vehicle use, and to apply that knowledge to support efforts of decision-makers to create more sustainable, healthy, socially just communities.

Professor David Johnson
GNS, New Zealand

Professor David Johnston is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science (New Zealand’s Geological Survey) and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries.  His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery.

Dr Alan Lavell
Coordinator of FLACSO’s Programme on Disaster Risk and Environment

Dr Wendy Saunders
GNS, New Zealand
As a member of the GNS Science Social Science team, Wendy has been providing guidance and advice to land use planners on natural hazard management since 2006. Prior to joining GNS Science, Wendy was a land use planner for Opus International Consultants, and a hazards and emergency management officer for the Wellington Regional Council. Wendy recently completed her PhD on risk-based land use planning; and co-authored the GNS Science report on the implications of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 on planning for natural hazards.


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