Special Events

Panel on the implementation of recommendations of the Bushfire Royal Commission – 15th of December, 2020

Preparing for the unprecedented: implementation of the Report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Image Credit: Jamie Kidston / ANU Media

View the recording here.

This expert panel brings together academics from across the ANU to discuss this question, & the recommendations of the latest Royal Commission, focusing on the barriers, opportunities, & practicalities of implementation. The panel will focus on four key areas – national arrangements, the role of the defence forces, health & land management.

This event has been organised by the Disaster Risk Science Institute, the Fenner School of Environment & Society, & the Climate Change Institute at The Australian National University.

Compound, Cascading and Lingering Disasters – Panel 2 – 18th November, 2020

Addressing complex risk and disasters and enabling resilience

This is the second of two panels, focusing on response, recovery and resilience.

Image credit: Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post

View the recording here. To watch individual presentations:

02:10 mins: Dr Deborah O’Connell “From vulnerability to resilience”

23:03 mins: Mr Mark Crosweller “Resilience, Risk Reduction and Vulnerability: A Conversation and a Case Study” Access slides

43:19 mins: Dr Melissa Parsons “The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: A profile of Australia’s disaster resilience”

29:29 mins: Dr Arnagretta Hunter “Planetary health and human disaster resilience”


Compound, Cascading and Lingering Disasters – Panel 1 – 11th November, 2020

Exploring complex risk, disasters and vulnerability

This is the first of two panels inviting experts to explore complex disasters, focusing on risk and vulnerability.

Image Credit: Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post

View the recording here. To watch individual presentations:

00:00 mins: Prof Mark Howden “Framing complex, compound and cascading risks” Access slides

15:33 mins: Mr Andrew Gissing “Compound disasters in Australia: historical analysis and implications”

31:31 mins: Dr Nicky Grigg “What have we learned about Australia’s vulnerability?” Access slides

47:40 mins: Em Prof John Handmer “Identifying and governing systemic risk”. Access slides


Panel on the upcoming La Niña season and COVID-19 – 23rd September, 2020

Preparing for flooding & cyclones in the time of COVID-19

This event has been organised by the Climate Change Institute and the Disaster Risk Science Institute at The Australian National University, and is co-hosted with AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services.

Image credit: Coast Guard News / Flickr

View the recording here. A Summary Report is available here.


Panel on Indigenous experiences of disaster recovery – 12th August, 2020

View the recording here. Alternatively, you can download the slides here.

To watch individual presentations:

02:20 mins: Introduction “Disasters as Transformative Opportunities” by Assist. Prof Petra Buergelt & Prof Douglas Paton

13:30 mins: Yolŋu women taking power back & leading by Dr Elaine Läwurrpa Maypilama, Tahir Mahmood Ali, Assist. Prof Petra Buergelt & Prof Douglas Paton.

31:50 mins: Reviving Women’s Knowledge: Kanakanavu Women’s Field by Apu’u Kaaviana and A/Prof Chin-ju Lin

47:20 mins: Are disasters really transformative opportunities in remote / poor communities in Arnhem Land and Southern Africa? by Dr Bev Sithole

1:09:45 mins: Conclusion by Assist. Prof Petra Buergelt & Prof Douglas Paton

1:14:33 mins: Q&A session