Supporting bushfire impacted communities

With bushfires affecting our community and so many others across Australia, the University of Canberra is committed to providing help through our expertise, community-facing services and research. A working group has come together to coordinate our effort and make sure what we do has impact and is what affected communities need and want.

There are things we can do in the short term to help people and communities get back on their feet, but there is also enormous expertise inside UC to help our communities over the long term: supporting the regeneration of the environment, new community infrastructure, and building resilience for the future.

This will require careful listening and outreach, and in the coming weeks and months we will be working with communities to hear and understand their priorities and future aspirations.

Recovery

While some bushfires are still active across Australia, the recovery effort has begun. Experts from the University of Canberra will visit communities to understand how the University can provide valuable support.

Regeneration

The bushfires have caused considerable harm to our communities and ecosystems. University of Canberra experts can provide advice on the environmental impact of the fires and best practice for regeneration of our natural resources as well as heritage conservation.

Resilience

University of Canberra experts can offer advice to communities on how to improve resilience for events such as prolonged drought and bushfires. This includes long-term solutions for climate change policy, regional planning, wildlife and ecosystem resilience and health and wellbeing.

Capability and expertise

Our researchers are focused on addressing the consequences of the bushfire crisis and climate change. Our research related to bushfire support is focused around these themes.

Theme Lead researchers Research Centre
Regional planning to mitigate bushfire risk and other effects of climate change Professor Barbara Norman Canberra Urban and Regional Futures
Environmental impacts on ecosystems of bushfires and assessment of subsequent ecosystem resilience Professor Ross Thompson
Professor Fiona Dyer
Professor Janine Deakin
Professor Arthur Georges
Institute for Applied Ecology
Politics and governance in response to public disasters and climate change Professor John Dryzek
Associate Professor Simon Niemeyer
Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
Development of policy solutions to climate change and natural disasters and assessing the socio-economic impacts of such policies Professor Robert Tanton
Associate Professor Lain Dare
National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling
Centre for Change Governance
Mitigation of bushfires and their impacts and strengthening community resilience Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer Regional Wellbeing Survey
The use of creative arts in addressing trauma in individuals and communities Associate Professor Jordan Williams
Assoicate Professor Bethaney Turner
Assistant Professor Petra Buergelt
Centre for Creative and Cultural Research
Heritage conservation in bushfire affected areas Professor Tracy Ireland
Assistant Professor Alison Wain
Centre for Creative and Cultural Research
Injury prevention and recovery in fire fighters Assistant Professor Wayne Spratford
Assistant Professor Celeste Coltman
Associate Professor Julien Periard
Research Institute for Sport and Exercise
Coming later in 2020 - Indigenous land management for care of country Professor Peter Radoll
Associate Professor Bethaney Turner
 
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