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Dr Emma Hudson-Doyle PhD (Volcanology), M.Res, M. Geophys


School of Psychology

Dr Emma Hudson-Doyle is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer funded by EQC, GNS Science, and Massey University, and based at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University/GNS Science, Wellington, New Zealand. Her interests lie at the interface between physical science and critical decision makers, with a primary focus on the communication of science advice for critical decision making during natural hazard events. Current research focuses on the communication of model uncertainty.

Recent research projects have included investigations into the communication of probability forecasts, uncertain science advice, and team based emergency management simulations for a hypothetical volcanic eruption (N.Z’s Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship). Emma is also a ISSC World Social Science Fellow, who have been tasked with rethinking the framework of the  Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme.

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  • Doctor of Philosphy (Volcanology) - Bristol University, UK (2008)
  • Masters by Research, Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere - University of Leeds, UK (2003)
  • Master of Geophysics - University of Leeds (2002)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

-  Communication of scientific uncertainty, decision making under uncertainty.

-  Integration of advice and numerical models into emergency decision making.

-  Effective communication of event probabilities, forecasts and warnings.

-  Interpretation of multi-parameter geophysical data of hazardous flows, and analytical and numerical models of these phenomena.

-  Natural hazards: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, extreme weather.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Decision Making (170202):
Earth Sciences (040000): Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified (049999): Geology (040300): Geophysics (040400): Other Earth Sciences (049900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199):
Volcanology (040314)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs


Tan, ML., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2017). Mobile applications in crisis informatics literature: A systematic review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 24, 297-311
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D., Prasanna, R., Stock, K.
Jon, I., Lindell, MK., Prater, CS., Huang, SK., Wu, HC., Johnston, DM., . . . Lambie, E. (2016). Behavioral response in the immediate aftermath of shaking: Earthquakes in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand, and Hitachi, Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Kwok, AH., Doyle, EEH., Becker, J., Johnston, D., & Paton, D. (2016). What is ‘social resilience’? Perspectives of disaster researchers, emergency management practitioners, and policymakers in New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 19, 197-211
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Fraser, SA., Doyle, EEH., Wright, KC., Potter, SH., McClure, J., Johnston, DM., . . . Johal, S. (2016). Tsunami response behaviour during and following two local-source earthquakes in Wellington, New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 16, 123-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johal, S., Johnston, D.
Lambie, E., Wilson, TM., Johnston, DM., Jensen, S., Brogt, E., Doyle, EEH., . . . Helton, WS. (2016). Human behaviour during and immediately following earthquake shaking: developing a methodological approach for analysing video footage. Natural Hazards. 80(1), 249-283
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Doyle, EEH., Paton, D., & Johnston, DM. (2015). Enhancing scientific response in a crisis: Evidence-based approaches from emergency management in New Zealand. Journal of Applied Volcanology. 4(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Doyle, EEH., Johnston, DM., McClure, J., & Paton, D. (2011). The communication of uncertain scientific advice during natural hazard events. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 40(4), 39-50
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Doyle, EE., Huppert, HE., Lube, G., Mader, HM., & Sparks, RSJ. (2007). Static and flowing regions in granular collapses down channels: Insights from a sedimenting shallow water model. Physics of Fluids. 19(10)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Lube, G.
Trofimovs, J., Amy, L., Boudon, G., Deplus, C., Doyle, E., Fournier, N., . . . Talling, PJ. (2006). Submarine pyroclastic deposits formed at the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat (1995-2003): What happens when pyroclastic flows enter the ocean?. Geology. 34(7), 549-552
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E.


Johnston, D., Becker, J., Coomer, M., Cronin, S., Daly, M., Doyle, E., . . . Wilson, T. (2011). Exploring elements of an effective recovery process. Proceedings of the Ninth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Society. (pp. 1 - 8). New Zealand: 9th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering [PCEE 2011]: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Society
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: de Terte, I., Glavovic, B., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johal, S., Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Cronin, S., Manville, V., Lube, G., Procter, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Fuller, I., . . . Cole, S. (2008). The volumetric 'balance sheet' of a lake-breakout lahar: 18 March 2007, Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. In IAVCEI 2008 General Assembly: Understanding volcanoes(pp. 74 - 74). : International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Fuller, I., Hudson-Doyle, E., Lube, G., Procter, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Marion Tan - PhD
    Evaluating the usability of disaster apps from the perspective of the general public
  • Miles Crawford - PhD
    How Risk Informs Natural Hazard Management: A study of the interface between risk modelling for tsunami inundation and local government natural hazard management
  • Alan Kwok - PhD
    Measuring Social Resilience of Communities to Disasters: Case Studies of New Zealand and the U.S.

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