Topical research interest

  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Participatory tools for DRR
  • Power, marginality and DRR with focus on ethnicity, gender minorities, children, homeless people and prisoners
  • Wildlife hazards and DRR
  • Livelihood assessment and strengthening in DRR
  • Post-disaster resettlement

Regions of interest

  • Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal
  • Pacific: Kiribati, Samoa, New Zealand
  • Africa: Botswana, Namibia
  • Latin America: Mexico

On-going projects

  • 2017-2022: Child-centered disaster risk reduction: Impacts on community, household and child resilience – Project funded by Save the Children New Zealand.
  • 2016-2018: Exploring long-term disaster recovery trajectories in New Zealand – Project funded by the Earthquake Commission, New Zealand.
  • 2016-2017: Human adaptation and climate change in the past in the Philippines – Project funded by the University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • 2015-2017: Integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies in the Pacific – Project funded by Oxfam New Zealand and The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2015-2019: Long-term resilience of Franz Josef: A community-based approach – Project funded by the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), New Zealand
  • 2016-2019: Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands – Project funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • 2015-2018: DITERIMA-NTT: Disaster Information & Communication for Local Capacity Development in Nusa Tenggara Timur – Project funded by Kementerian Riset Teknologi dan Perguruan Tinggi, Indonesia.

Recent completed projects

  • 2016: Emergency assistance and early recovery for poor municipalities affected by Typhoon Yolanda – Improved resilience to future disasters – Project funded by the Asian Development Bank, Philippines.
  • 2015-2016: Imprisonment and disaster: Perspectives from New Zealand and the Philippines – Project funded by The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2015-2016: Disaster Risk Management: Policy and Practice in North Maluku, Indonesia – Project funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.
  • 2014-2016: HOPE for DRR: Homeless People for Disaster Risk Reduction – Project funded by The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2013-2015: OREMSIP: Tools for assessing and strengthening people’s livelihood in the Pacific – Project funded by the Agence Française de Développement, France.
  • 2013-2014: BIVA: Bonriki Inundation Vulnerability Assessment (Kiribati) – Project funded by the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
  • 2013-2014: Impact of 2012/2013 floods on education sector in Metro Manila and impact of education in emergencies policies, practices and capacity on disaster response to Manila floods – Project funded by Save the Children Australia.
  • 2009-2013: PAPRIKA: CryosPheric responses to Anthropogenic PRessures inthe HIndu Kush-Himalaya regions: impacts on water resources and society adaptation in Nepal – Project funded by the Agence National de la Recherche, France.
  • 2010-2013: SLIPICHE: Sustainable Livelihoods In Pacific Islands Changing and Hazardous Environment – Project funded by The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2009-2012: CASAVA: Compréhension et Analyse des Scénarios, Aléas, et risques Volcaniques aux Antilles – Project funded by the Agence National de la Recherche, France.
  • 2010-2011: Resilience to Volcanic and Tsunami Hazards within Indigenous Communities: Savo Volcano Solomon Islands and applications to other archipelago nations – Project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom.
  • 2008-2012: MIA-VITA: MItigate and Assess risk from Volcanic Impact on Terrain and human Activities – Project funded by The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union, the French Embassy to the Philippines and the Duo France Program.
  • 2008-2010: PAMAMRISK: PArticipatory Methodology for Assessing and Managing RISK – Project funded by a Provention Consortium Research and Action Grant.