Dr Frank Thomalla joined the Department of Environment and Geography in March 2009 as a Senior Lecturer under the CoRE (Concentration of Research Excellence) position Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Working closely with the Climate Risk CORE and Risk Frontiers, Frank is leading the establishment of a multi-disciplinary research group aimed at improving understanding of how social vulnerability to natural hazards and climate variability and change can be reduced, and resilience and adaptive capacity enhanced.
This role builds strongly upon Frank’s previous research and established networks in Australia and Asia. Specialising in risk, vulnerability, resilience and adaptation research and focussing on coastal zones, Frank has more than 10 years of experience conducting research on the impacts of environmental changes and risks, particularly natural hazards and climate change, on natural and human systems, and the capacity of society to cope with and adapt to such changes. He has conducted research in North America, Europe, Australia, Southeast and South Asia and in South Africa.
Before joining Macquarie University, Frank worked for the Bangkok-based Asia Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), a non-profit, independent research institute and think-tank specialising in sustainable development and the environment. As Deputy Director of the Institute’s Risk, Livelihoods & Vulnerability Programme Frank’s work was characterised by multi-disciplinary research that aimed to strengthen scientific theory, methods and tools for vulnerability and adaptation assessment and to support policy development and practice with a focus on developing countries in South and Southeast Asia.
From 2007 to 2009, he was actively contributing to the development of the newly established Stockholm Resilience Centre where he co-lead the research theme Governance and Ecosystem Management of Coastal and Marine Systems.
Frank has been a principal investigator in a number of large collaborative research and capacity building projects, including the Sida-funded Poverty & Vulnerability Programme and SEI’s strategy for the Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in the Tsunami Affected Region. He acted as Lead Author to Chapter 7 Vulnerability of Human-Environment Systems: Challenges and Opportunities of the UNEP Global Environment Outlook GEO-4 and as Co-chair of the Working Group A Predicting Instability - Monitoring and Risk Assessments in Vulnerable Areas and Measures to Avoid Conflict of the GLOBE-EU/IES Greening European Security Programme.
Frank holds a BSc in Oceanography from the University of Washington, USA, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, UK, and has produced more than forty journal articles, book chapters, research reports and working papers, and contributed to numerous national and international workshops and conferences. He is on the Board of Editors of Regional Environmental Change and acts as reviewer for several other international scientific journals. He contributes to a number of undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the department and acts as principal supervisor to 4 PhD students and associate supervisor to 2 PhD students.
Peer Reviewed Scientific Papers
Veland, S., R. Howitt, D. Dominey-Howes, F. Thomalla and D. Houston. 2012. Procedural Vulnerability: Understanding Environmental Change in a Remote Indigenous Community. Global Environmental Change (in press). Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.10.009.
Box, P., F. Thomalla, R. van den Honert and J. McAneney. 2012. How Can Residents Know their Flood Risk? A Review of Online Flood Information Availability in Australia. Australian Planner 49(4), 339-348. DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2012.678871.
Djalante, R. and F. Thomalla. 2012. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Indonesia: Institutional Challenges and Opportunities for Integration. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 3 (2), 166 – 180. DOI: 10.1108/17595901211245260.
Djalante, R., F. Thomalla, M.S. Sinapoy and M. Carnegie. 2012. Building Resilience to Natural Hazards in Indonesia: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action. Natural Hazards 62, 779-803. DOI 10.1007/s11069-012-0106-8.
Djalante, R., C. Holley and F. Thomalla. 2011. Adaptive Governance and Managing Resilience to Natural Hazards. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2(4): 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-011-0015-6.
Ireland, P. and F. Thomalla. 2011. The Role of Collective Action in Enhancing Communities’ Adaptive Capacity to Environmental Risk: An Exploration of Two Case Studies from Asia. Public Library of Science (PLoS) Currents: Disasters. 2011. Available online: http://knol.google.com/k/philip-ireland/the-role-of-collective-action-in/2z8p4t1bp5hj5/2.
Djalante, R. and F. Thomalla. 2011. Community Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate Change: A Review of Definitions and Operational Frameworks. Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 3(3): 339–355. DOI: 10.3850/S1793924011000952.
Quinn, C.H., G. Ziervogel, A. Taylor, T. Takama and F. Thomalla. 2011. Coping with Multiple Stresses in Rural South Africa. of Ecology and Society 16 (3): 2. Available online: www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss3/art2.
Wang, M., M. Amati and F. Thomalla. 2011. Understanding the Vulnerability of Migrants in Shanghai to Typhoons, Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9902-9.
Larsen, R.K., E. Calgaro and F. Thomalla. 2011. Governing Resilience Building in Thailand's Tourism-dependent Coastal Communities: Conceptualising Stakeholder Agency in Social-ecological Systems. Global Environmental Change 21: 481-491. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.12.009.
Thomalla, F. and R. K. Larsen. 2010. Resilience in the Context of Tsunami Early Warning Systems and Community Disaster Preparedness in the Indian Ocean Region. Environmental Hazards: Human and Policy Dimensions. Special Issue on Coastal Hazards and Vulnerability 9 (2010): 249–265. Available at: www.earthscan.co.uk/default.aspx?TabId=102479&v=512549.
Miller, F., H. Osbahr, E. Boyd, F. Thomalla, S. Bharwani, G. Ziervogel, B. Walker, J. Birkmann, S. Van der Leeuw, J. Rockström, J. Hinkel, T. Downing, C. Folke and D. Nelson. 2010. Resilience and Vulnerability: Complementary or Conflicting Concepts?. Ecology and Society 15 (3): 11. Available at www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art11.
Thomalla, F., M. Chadwick, S. Shaw and F. Miller. 2008. Cyclone Nargis: What are the Lessons from the 2004 Tsunami for Myanmar’s Recovery? Policy Brief, Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok, 29 May 2008, 5pp. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2008. Myanmar Cyclone: The Lessons from Recent Disasters must not be Forgotten. Sustainable Development Update Issue 3, Volume 8, July 2008. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2007. Feature 2: Making Research More Effective to Support Policy and Practice for Reducing Vulnerability to Environmental Change. Sustainable Development Update, Issue 4, September 2007. Available as a pdf.
Miller, F., F. Thomalla, T. E. Downing and M. Chadwick.2006. Resilient Ecosystems, Healthy Communities: Human Health and Sustainable Ecosystems after the Tsunami. Oceanography, 19(2), 50-51. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F., T.E. Downing, E. Spanger-Siegfried, G. Han and J. Rockström. 2006. Reducing Hazard Vulnerability: Towards a Common Approach Between Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation. Disasters, 30 (1), 39-48. Available at: www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118596602/issue.
Miller, F., F. Thomalla and J. Rockström. 2005. Paths to a Sustainable Recovery after the Tsunami. Sustainable Development Update, Issue 1, Volume 5, March 2005. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. and C.E. Vincent. 2004. Designing Offshore Breakwaters Using Empirical Relationships: A Case Study from Norfolk, United Kingdom. Journal of Coastal Research, 20 (4), 1224–1230. Available at: www.jstor.org/stable/4299378.
Thomalla, F. and H. Schmuck. 2004. “We All Knew that a Cyclone was Coming”. Disaster Preparedness and the Cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India. Disasters, 28 (4), 255–269. Available at: www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118780324/issue.
Klein, R.J.T., R.J. Nicholls and F. Thomalla. 2003. Resilience to Weather-Related Hazards: How Useful is this Concept? Global Environmental Change Part B: Environmental Hazards 5 (2003), 35–45. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1464286704000105.
Thomalla, F. and C.E. Vincent. 2003. Beach Response to Shore-Parallel Breakwaters at Sea Palling, Norfolk, UK. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 56 (2), 203–212. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272771402001579.
Thomalla, F. 2002. East Anglia's Crumbling Coastline: Are Offshore Breakwaters the Answer? Challenger Society for Marine Sciences. Ocean Challenge 11 (2), 19–23. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2001. Flood Risk Management Issues in the UK: An Overview. Focus on Environmental Research, Special Publication, Number 1, 7 May 2001, Committee for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 8 pp. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2001. Managing Flood Risk in the UK. Town & Country Planning, 70 (4), 111–112. Available as a pdf.
Cardona, O.D., M.K. van Aalst, J. Birkmann, M. Fordham, G. McGregor, R. Perez, R.S. Pulwarty, E.L.F. Schipper, B.T. Sinh, H. Décamps, M. Keim, I. Davis, K.L. Ebi, A. Lavell, R. Mechler, V. Murray, M. Pelling, J. Pohl, A.-O. Smith, F. Thomalla. 2012. Determinants of Risk: Exposure and Vulnerability. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 65-108.
Zou, L. and F. Thomalla. 2010. Social Vulnerability to Coastal Hazards in Southeast Asia: A Synthesis of Research Insights. In: C.T. Hoanh, B. Szuster, S.P. Kam, A. Noble, and A.M. Ismail (eds.) Tropical Deltas and Coastal Zones: Food Production, Communities and Environment at the Land–Water Interface. Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series, UK: CABI Publishing, June 2010.
Larsen, R.K., F. Thomalla and F. Miller. 2010. Learning to Build Resilient Coastal Communities: Post-tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. In: C.T. Hoanh, B. Szuster, S.P. Kam, A. Noble, and A.M. Ismail (eds.) Tropical Deltas and Coastal Zones: Food Production, Communities and Environment at the Land–Water Interface. Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series, UK: CABI Publishing, June 2010.
Kok, M.T.J., J. Jäger, S.I. Karlsson, M.B. Lüdeke, and F. Thomalla. 2009. Vulnerability of Humans and the Environment– Challenges and Opportunities. Background Report to Chapter 7 of the Fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO–4). Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), PBL publication number 555048002, July 2009. Available as a pdf.
Jäger, J., M.T.J. Kok, J.C. Mohamed-Katerere, S.I. Karlsson, M.K.B. Lüdeke, G.D. Dabelko, F. Thomalla, I. de Soysa, M. Chenje, R. Filcak, L. Koshy, M. Long Martello, V. Mathur, A.R. Moreno, V. Narain, D. Sietz, D. Naser Al-Ajmi, K. Callister, T. De Oliveira, N. Fernandez, D. Gasper, S. Giada, A. Gorobets, H. Hilderink, R. Krishnan, A. Lopez, A. Nakyeyune, A. Ponce, S. Strasser, and S. Wonink. 2007. Chapter 7: Vulnerability of Human–Environment Systems: Challenges and Opportunities. Global Environment Outlook GEO–4, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya, 301–360. Available as a pdf.
Klein, R.J.T., R.J. Nicholls and F. Thomalla. 2003. The Resilience of Coastal Megacities to Weather–Related Hazards. In: Building Safer Cities: The Future of Disaster Risk, A. Kreimer, M. Arnold and A. Carlin (eds.), Disaster Risk Management Series No. 3, The World Bank, Disaster Management Facility, Washington, DC, USA, 101–120.
Research Reports and Working Papers
Helman, P., F. Thomalla and C. Metusela. 2010. Storm Tides, Coastal Erosion and Inundation. Report for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia. Available as pdf.
Thomalla, F., R.K. Larsen, F. Kanji, S. Naruchaikusol, C. Tepa, B. Ravesloot and A.K. Ahmed. 2009. From Knowledge to Action: Learning to Go the Last Mile. A Participatory Assessment of the Conditions for Strengthening the Technology – community Linkages of Tsunami Early Warning Systems in the Indian Ocean. Research Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Macquarie University, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, and Raks Thai Foundation, November 2009. Available as a pdf.
Paul, D., R.K. Larsen, F. Thomalla, F. Kanji, A.K. Ahmed and B. Ravesloot. 2009. Linking Communities and Technology in the Indian Ocean Region: Summary of the Online Dialogue on Early Warning. Research Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Macquarie University, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, and Raks Thai Foundation, October 2009. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F., C. Metusela, S. Naruchaikusol, R.K. Larsen and C. Tepa 2009. Post–tsunami Disaster Risk Reduction and Tsunami Early Warning Systems in Thailand with a case study on Krabi Province. Research Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Macquarie University, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, and Raks Thai Foundation, December 2009.. Available as a pdf.
Larsen, R.K., F. Miller and F. Thomalla. 2009. Vulnerability and Recovery from the Tsunami: Building Resilient Coastal Communities. A Synthesis of Documented Factors Contributing to Tsunami Related Vulnerability in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Research Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2009, 59pp, ISBN: 978–91–86125–08–0. Available as a pdf.
Zou, L. and F. Thomalla. 2008. The Causes of Social Vulnerability to Coastal Hazards in Southeast Asia. Working Paper, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, ISBN: 978–91–86125–09–7. Available as a pdf.
Miller, F., R.K. Larsen and F. Thomalla. 2008. Hybrids, Bifocals, Tipping Points and Speed Dating: Report from the Resilience– Vulnerability Colloquium – From Theory to Practice, From Disconnect to Synergy in Support of Sustainable Development. Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Stockholm Environment Institute in cooperation with the University of Melbourne, Stockholm, Sweden, 10–11 April 2008, 39pp. Available as a pdf.
Contributed to the 2007 Joint Report of the Working Groups on Greening Foreign and Security Policy organised by the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE-EU) and the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), 12 March 2007.
Thomalla, F. 2007. The SEI Poverty and Vulnerability Programme. Final Report to the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 25 May 2007, 50 pp, unpublished.
Contributed to the 2006 Final Report of the Conference on Greening Foreign and Security Policy: The Role of Europe. Organised by the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE-EU) and the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), The European Parliament, Brussels, 6–7 December 2006.
Ziervogel, G., A. Taylor, F. Thomalla, T. Takama and C. Quinne. 2006. Adapting to Climate, Water and Health Stress: Insights from Limpopo, South Africa. SEI Poverty & Vulnerability Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, December 2006, 65pp. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2006. Advancing Vulnerability Research and Policy Lessons through the SEI Poverty & Vulnerability Programme. Report from a Synthesis Workshop conducted at Middle Stanley Farm, UK, 17–18 October 2006. SEI Poverty and Vulnerability Programme, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 pp (unpublished).
Thomalla, F. 2004–2006. The SEI Poverty and Vulnerability Programme. Six–monthly reports and presentations to the Swedish International Development Co–operation Agency (Sida). Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm, Sweden (unpublished).
Dow, K.and F. Thomalla. 2004. The SEI Poverty and Vulnerability Programme. Final Report of Phase 1 (2002-2004) to the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm, Sweden, 30 September 2004, 17pp + Appendices.
Thomalla, F. 2004. Defining the BIANCCA Philippines Country Study: Results from a Working Visit to the Philippines and Thailand. Report to the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany, 25 March 2004. 21pp.
Klein, R.J.T., R.J. Nicholls and F. Thomalla. 2004. Resilience To Natural Hazards: How Useful Is This Concept? EVA Working Paper No. 9, DINAS-COAST Working Paper No. 14, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany, March 2004. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. and H. Schmuck. 2004. “We All Knew That A Cyclone Was Coming”: Disaster Preparedness And The Cyclone Of 1999 In Orissa, India. EVA Working Paper No. 8, DINAS–COAST Working Paper No. 13, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany, February 2004. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F., J. Brown and I. Kelman. 2002. Coastal Settlements at Risk: A Study of England's East Coast. Final Report to Halifax General Insurance Services Limited. Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment, Cambridge, United Kingdom, June 2002. 70pp.
Thomalla, F., J. Brown and I. Kelman. 2000 – 2002. Quarterly reports and presentations to Halifax General Insurance Services Limited. Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Unpublished.
Larsen, R.K., F. Thomalla, F. Kanji, S. Naruchaikusol, C. Tepa, B. Ravesloot and A.K. Ahmed. 2010. Local integration of disaster, environment, and livelihoods risks in the Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System. ISDR Global Assessment Report 2011.
Thomalla, F. and E.L. Calgaro. 2010. Preparing for Disaster and Recovery. Quest: Research at Macquarie University, Issue 1 2010, p. 13 . Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F. 2009. Special Article: Online Dialogue on Early Warning. Asian Disaster Management News, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), July–December 2009, Vol. 15, Special Issue, p. 17–18. Available as a pdf.
Larsen, R.K., F. Thomalla and F. Miller. 2009. Post–Tsunami Recovery Efforts Unintentionally Contribute to Emerging Social Vulnerabilities. Policy Brief, Stockholm Environment Institute. Available as a pdf.
Thomalla, F., Larsen, R.K., Ahmed, A.K., Ravesloot, B. and Tepa, C. 2009. Strengthening the Technology–Community Interface of Tsunami Early Warning Systems in the Indian Ocean. ISDR Informs Asia Pacific Issue 4, May 2009.
Thomalla, F. 2008. Coastal Zone Management. SEI Issue Paper, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2008, 4pp.
Thomalla, F. 2008. GEO-4: Environment for Development. SEI Fact Sheet, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2008, 2pp.
Thomalla, F. 2008. Shaping the Global Development Agenda: SEI’S Contribution to GEO–4. Article for the SEI Annual Report 2007. Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2008.
Galaz, V., F. Moberg, T.E. Downing, F. Thomalla and K. Warner. 2008. Ecosystems Under Pressure. Policy Brief to the Commission on Climate Change and Development, Stockholm, Sweden, January 2008, 4pp. Available as a pdf.
Larsen, R.K. and F. Thomalla. 2007. SEI Researchers Call for Improved Tsunami Recovery. SEI Website News Item, Stockholm Environment Institute, 11 September 2007.
Thomalla, F. and E.L. Calgaro. 2012. Vulnerability of Tourism Destinations to Environmental Changes and Risks. International Workshop Climate Information Services in Supporting Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transportation and Tourism, Indonesian Meteorological Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), Jakarta, Indonesia, 15-16 May 2012.
Thomalla, F., N. Udugama and I. Kulenovic. 2012. Strengthening Resilience to Coastal Hazards through Community Early Warning Systems. International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS)-Asia, 11-13 January 2012, Bali, Indonesia.
Djalante, R. and F. Thomalla. 2010. Resilience to Natural Hazards: A Review of Definitions and Operational Frameworks. 5th Annual International Workshop and Expo on Sumatra Tsunami Disaster and Recovery (AIWEST-DR), Syiahkuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 23-25 November 2010.
Djalante, R. and F. Thomalla. 2010. Linking Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA): The Experience from Indonesia. Presented at: Democratising Climate Change Governance Conference, Australian National University, 15-16 July 2010, Canberra, Australia.
Metusela, C., F. Thomalla, T. Smith and C.W. Carter. 2010. A National Assessment of Coastal Adaptive Capacity. Presentation in the Session ‘Coastal Change: Global and Local Dimensions’, New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2010 with the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), Christchurch, New Zealand, 5-8 July 2010.
Djalante, R. and F. Thomalla. 2010. Linking Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA): The Experience from Indonesia. Poster Presentation in the Session ‘Adapting to Climate Change in Cities’, 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference ‘Climate Adaptation Futures: Preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change’, 29 June – 1 July 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Thomalla, F., C. Metusela and T. Smith. 2010. What is the Capacity of Local Councils in Australia to Adapt to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Urban Areas? Presentation in the Session ‘Adapting to Climate Change in Cities’, 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference ‘Climate Adaptation Futures: Preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change’, 29 June – 1 July 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Udugama, N., F. Thomalla and P. Fox. 2010. Enhancing Resilience to Coastal Hazards in Asia-Pacific: The Role of Early Warning Systems in Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Presentation in the Session ‘Climate Extremes and Disaster Management’, 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference ‘Climate Adaptation Futures: Preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change’, 29 June – 1 July 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Box, P., F. Thomalla, J. McAneney and R. van den Honert. 2010. Flood Risk in Australia: A Review. Poster Presentation at the International Climate Change Adaptation Conference ‘Climate Adaptation Futures: Preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change’, 29 June – 1 July 2010, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Thomalla, F. 2010. Enhancing Resilience to Coastal Hazards in Asia-Pacific: The Role of Early Warning Systems in linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Interdisciplinary Conference on End to End Natural-Hazard Early Warning Systems, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 19-22 April 2010.
Ireland, P. and F. Thomalla. 2009. The Role of Collective Action in Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change at the Community Level. Paper presented at the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2–4 December 2009.
Larsen, R.K., F. Thomalla and F. Miller. 2007. Learning to Build Resilient Coastal Communities: Post-tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Delta 2007: Managing the Coastal Land-Water Interface in Tropical Delta Systems, Bang Saen, Thailand, 7–9 November 2007.
Ziervogel, G., A. Taylor, F. Thomalla and T. Takama. 2007. Methods for Assessing Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change: Cross-scalar and Multi–stressor Case Study of Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province, South Africa. TGICA IPCC– Workshop on Integrating Analysis of Regional Climate Change and Response Options, Nadi, Fiji, 20–22 June 2007.
Current Affairs and Media
Thomalla, F. 2008. Hybrids, Bifocals, Tipping Points and Speed Dating. SEI report from the interdisciplinary Resilience-Vulnerability Colloquium held in Stockholm April 2008. SEI Website News Item, Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok, 29 August 2008.
Thomalla, F. and R.K. Larsen. 2008. Indian Ocean Early Warning System: SEI investigates challenges and opportunities in implementing community based early warning in Sri Lanka and Thailand. SEI Website News Item, Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok, 21 August 2008.
Minna Hsu: Space, Place, and Rebuilding Post-Disaster Identity: The Effects of Relocation and Reconstruction on the Wutai Rukai in Taiwan (Associate Supervisor)
Riyanti Djalante: Promoting Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change: A Case Study of Indonesia (Principal Supervisor)
Pamela Box: Changes in Flood Insurance Provision in Australia (Principal Supervisor)
Natasha Udu-gama: Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems for Coastal Hazards in the Asia-Pacific (Principal Supervisor)
Philip Ireland: Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Emerging Discourses, Practices and Opportunities (Principal Supervisor, submitted 2012)
Siri Veland: Indigenous Contexts of Climate and Change: Narrating Local Realities within Global Discourses (Associate Supervisor, completed 2011)
Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Building Community Resilience through Early Warning Systems (2010-2014)
Considerable progress has been made in developing early warning systems (EWS) since the 2004 tsunami. But more recent events like the 2011 Japan tsunami demonstrate that more needs to be done to reduce the vulnerability of communities to coastal hazards. Understanding of the contextual factors that contribute to vulnerability and how community resilience can be build through disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities remains poor. This project will support the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in developing a strategic approach to community early warning by improving existing methods and tools for assessing vulnerability and resilience and by sharing lessons on sustainable multi-hazard EWS through regional engagement with partner countries. Specifically, the project aims to 1) identify factors that build community resilience to coastal hazards; 2) to explore the role of EWS in supporting resilience building in communities at risk; 3) to integrate climate change considerations into IFRC methods and tools for a multi-hazard approach to DRR; 4) to identify innovative partnerships for community EWS; and 5) to support regional learning on community resilience and sustainable EWS. This research project (2010-2014) is funded by the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative. The unique partnership between IFRC and Macquarie University will ensure that the lessons learned from the 2004 tsunami as well as wider academic research on DRR, climate change adaptation and EWS will be incorporated into IFRC strategies and activities so as to strengthen existing and planned multi-hazard EWS for coastal communities throughout Asia.
Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in the Tsunami Affected Region (2005-2009)
The overall objective of this programme is to support the region’s recovery from the tsunami by generating knowledge and building capacity with key regional partners in the areas of vulnerability assessment, sustainable livelihoods, and resilience building. The programme consists of five integrated projects that aim to build long term resilience to coastal hazards among vulnerable communities through knowledge generation (field- and desk-studies, assessments, policy and institutional analyses); synthesis of research and studies; identification of lessons learned; facilitation of policy dialogues; and applied interventions. External website: http://sei-international.org/?p=projects&prid=251
Early Warning and Community Preparedness: Strengthening the Technology–community Interface (2008-2009)
Historical Case Study of Extreme Events: Storm Tides (2009-2010)
Disaster Environment Working Group for Asia (DEWGA)
ENV300 Environmental Decision Making
This unit analyses the societal context in which decisions on environmental issues are made, and scientific and technological knowledge applied. Students are required to gain an appreciation of the importance of the economic, legal and policy aspects of environmental debate, of the role of governments and their agencies, and of the ethical and philosophical background against which decisions are made. Specific current, and possibly highly controversial, environmental issues are used to illustrate more general points made and to engender classroom discussion.
GSE898 Research Management
This unit prepares students for higher degree research by examining the inter-disciplinary context in which postgraduate student research is conducted and the methodologies appropriate to research, especially research that might cross disciplinary boundaries. The principal objective is for students to complete a research proposal for a research project that meets the examination requirements of a higher degree and can be completed in the normal period of candidature.
ENVG380 Human Geography in Action
This unit focuses on human geography’s role in applied research in social and/or environmental sciences particularly involving fieldwork. Its field-based and research-focused learning opportunities develop students’ practical, analytical and interpretative skills in ways that are relevant to employment as a professional geographer. ENVG380 also develops generic skills in areas of teamwork, research, discussion and cross-cultural awareness, as well as discipline-based skills in specific research methods, data presentation methods and analysis. ENVG380 encourages students to draw on previous studies in their undergraduate program in Human Geography and related fields to strengthen their portfolio of demonstrated skills relevant to the wide range of employment destinations available to human geographers.
ENV118 Foundations for Resource and Environmental Management
Your future, your lifestyle, your income and the welfare of everyone around you depends on the environment. This unit helps students understand their environment from social and scientific viewpoints. We use current, real world examples to encourage students to think critically about resource and environmental management issues in Australia and globally. This unit is designed for students who care about the environment and the world's future.
ENV267 Resource and Environmental Management: Issues and Solutions
This unit offers an introduction to concepts, techniques and issues in contemporary resource and environmental management. The unit examines the importance of resources and outlines changing environmental values at a range of geographical scales. It examines critically the biophysical, economic, social, cultural and political processes and relationships that underpin resource use and environmental sustainability. Issues and solutions are illustrated with case studies of resource management and environmental decision making drawn mainly from Australia. Integrated into the program are a range of professional literacy skills, which together with an understanding of the issues, are designed to enhance employability within the broad field of resource and environmental management.
ENVG340 Resource Management
This unit challenges students seeking careers in resource management to examine the social, political, economic and cultural consequences of resource management decisions. Using local, international and global case studies, many drawing on the experiences of Indigenous peoples, this unit offers students new ways of seeing resource management systems, new ways of thinking about the geopolitics of resources, and a range of practical skills and applied examples. It requires students to engage with ethical and practical questions, and deals with institutional decision making and social theory relevant to resource management. Students have opportunities in this unit to pursue in-depth, specific interests in particular resource conflicts.