Research Cluster - Resilience


The primary purpose of this cluster of researchers is to develop an international reputation for research in the domain of resilience by achieving external research funding, achieving publications in international peer reviewed journals, and collaborating internationally with colleagues. Members will maintain international and local links with government, stakeholders, and other interested parties and their research will help to inform teaching and service from evidence based research.


Professor David Johnston - Wellington
Associate Professor Sarb Johal - Wellington
Dr Emma Hudson-Doyle - Wellington
Dr Ruth Tarrant - Wellington
Dr Ian de Terte - Wellington
Dr Raj Prasanna - Wellington
Dr Christine Kenny - Wellington
Professor Christine Stephens - Manawatu
Dr Dianne Gardner - Manawatu
Dr Denise Blake - Wellington


  1. Conducting research in areas related to resilience.
  2. Applying for external funding grants to support the projects.
  3. Supervising honours, masters, and doctoral students in projects related to resilience.
  4. To engage in the publication and dissemination of resilience related research in academic journals.

Cluster Background

This cluster is an extremely important group for a number of reasons:

  1. The theme of this cluster is aligned with one of the key research strategies (sustainability and resilience) for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  2. Although this cluster will be housed in the School of Psychology, there are members who are involved in this cluster that have different professional backgrounds and expertise.
  3. This cluster will be shaped on the extremely successful venture of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, which is a joint collaboration between Massey University and GNS science (see URL:
  4. This cluster will build on the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience that is based in Wellington and sponsored by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk.
  5. This cluster will be involved in research that will be translational. This group will then use this applied research to inform teaching and service to other academics, practitioners, and postgraduate students.

Recent publications

Researchers from the Resilience Research Cluster provide regular updates to their lists of cluster related research outputs in various academic journals and publications.


Dr Ian de Terte
Wellington Campus

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