Strengthening Australasian Research Partnerships Workshop

On Monday 17 June the JCDR co-hosted a workshop with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) in Canberra around Strengthening Australasia Research Partnerships as a pre-event to the 12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference. Attendees included researchers and stakeholders from a range of organisations including University of Melbourne, Bureau of Meteorology, Australasian Institute of Disaster Resilience, University of Auckland, and Creative Recovery Network.


This was a follow up to the 1st bilateral workshop ‘Unpacking Complexity: The Social Science of Emergencies, Disasters and Resilience’ hosted by the 2 organisations around the 5th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference that took place in Wellington, NZ last year.


The afternoon session began with a networking lunch to enable participants that may not have met before, an opportunity to get to know each other. The presentation session then began with John Bates, BNHCRC Research Director, and Richard Smith, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (RNC) Programme Director (as of July 1st) outlining their national programmes. Bates discussed the CRC workstreams from their last six years in operation and there plans for their remaining two years of funding and beyond. This included not ‘focusing on the weeds’ and instead concentrating their efforts on greater long-term concerns such as managing the landscape and a changing climate. Smith introduced the upcoming tranche of the RNC programme which has secured an additional 5 years of funding. He spoke to the importance of involved researchers understanding the translation of this work.  


These talks were quickly followed by presentations about the two ongoing bilateral collaborations and 1 Aotearoa New Zealand project around emerging technology that is in its conceptual phase. Lisa Gibbs, University of Melbourne, presented on the BNHCRC funded Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project, while David Johnston, JCDR, presented on the both the World Meteorological Organisation’s High Impact Weather project (HIWeather) and the QuakeCoRE and RNC co-funded Smart Resilient Cities project.


Following afternoon tea, the latter workshop session invited participants to join breakout sessions hosted by team ReCap and team HIWeather. These sessions were framed around progressing bilateral workstreams and also brainstorming barriers to strengthening research collaboration across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand