Tagged: disaster

From 9/11 to Christchurch earthquakes: how unis have supported students after a crisis - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 23, 2020

Prue Gonzalez, Charles Sturt University Universities across Australia – including in Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle – have had to close their campuses in the past few months as a result of bushfires. But the deep and long-lasting impacts of the crisis are set to pose a challenge for Australian universities beyond just the immediate response. Of … Read More

Why do people criticise emergency services and their decisions following a disaster? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 16, 2019

Why have we seen such criticisms of the emergency response and the decision to delay recovery rather than take immediate action? Why do some people think they can make better decisions that the Police and other authorities? To understand this better, we need to think about how and why we might feel the need to make decisions for other … Read More

How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 12, 2019

As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and wider international communities are affected, and will continue … Read More

Google keeps making our lives better - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 19, 2019

Navigating post-earthquake Christchurch was tough. Every day brought a new set of road closures to route around. And they weren’t always easy to predict in advance. If enough roads were closed on the south side of town, I’d want to take the longer northern loop to get from New Brighton to the University – but I wouldn’t know that until … Read More

After Christchurch: What to do when our protective bubble has burst and why - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Mar 20, 2019

We have a window of time in which we can make profound changes in New Zealand so that nothing like the Christchurch attacks on 15 March 2019 can happen again. But there is a high risk that this window is going to close soon so we need to move quickly. And it will take profound, coherent,  and courageous leadership to … Read More

What are the possible psychological effects of being stuck in that cave? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Jul 06, 2018

I was asked by the Science Media Centre for NZ to provide some commentary of the possible psychological and physiological consequences of being stuck in a cave (for an extended period of time). With reference to the situation in Thailand, this is clearly a rapidly evolving situation and decisions are being taken on the … Read More

Children aren’t liabilities in disasters – they can help, if we let them - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 10, 2018

Christine Eriksen, University of Wollongong; Avianto Amri, Macquarie University; Briony Towers, RMIT University; Emma Calgaro, University of Sydney; John Richardson, University of Melbourne; Katharine Haynes, Macquarie University, and Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original … Read More

Engrossing, Compassionate Account of Pike River Disaster - Scibooks

SciBooks Mar 17, 2014

by Rod Hanson REVIEW The Tragedy at Pike River Mine – How and Why 29 Men Died by Rebecca Macfie Awa Press RRP: $40.00 The Pike River coal mine disaster which cost the lives of 29 men in November 2010 has been extensively researched and documented with great feeling and compassion for the families involved … Read More

The Alpine Fault: Is New Zealand Prepared? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 20, 2013

The central section of the Alpine Fault (Source: wiki.gns.cri.nz) This post is the first of two articles which explore the potential impacts of the next great earthquake on the Alpine Fault and consider how prepared New Zealand is for that event.  This builds on a previous post which describes the physical properties of the Alpine Fault in more detail. Improved Understanding of Earthquake Hazards in New Zealand … Read More