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Gender and Disaster Network

Pacific-Oceania Region

GDN Research

Please tell us about your research, so that we can record and incorporate it in our pages. (Please contact Dr Lesley Patterson)

New Zealand

The 2011 Canterbury earthquakes had a significant impact on New Zealand. A lot of ongoing research is being undertaken about the impacts of the earthquakes on men, women and their families.

As the research is available we will update this website.

Women’s Voices

A current project is Women’s Voices. The Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women would like to work with other women’s organisations in Christchurch to record women’s experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Aims of the project

  1. To find, collect and record the stories of women living in Canterbury whose hopes, dreams, lives and security have been affected by the recent earthquakes.
  2. To support women on the ground by listening to their untold tales, recording them and reporting on them.
  3. To write reports, undertake presentations and in other ways publicise the findings of the research.
  4. To provide a permanent record of the effects of the earthquakes on women in the region.
  5. To provide a resource to inform future disaster response policy.

Other research

  • Disasters and family violence research
  • MWA employment/economic impact on women post Christchurch earthquakes


Australia is affected by a number of natural disasters including floods, bushfires, severe storms and cyclones, and in some areas, earthquakes which impact on the personal and economic lives of Australians.

As more research is released we will update these pages.

Some recent research includes: