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Biography

OVERVIEW 

I am a social scientist who lectures and researches at the University of Canberra , Psychology. I am also the Deputy Chair of the Group of Energy Efficient Researchers (GEER, Australia), a research fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University, NZ), and an international associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (Victoria University, NZ).

My research interest is human adaptation and transformation. I am specialising employing qualitative research to gain a holistic and in-depth understanding of the individual and contextual/environmental (historical, natural/build, interpersonal, social, cultural, spiritual, economic, political) factors and processes that empower humans and communities effectively managing and even thriving in the face of change, uncertainty, risk and adversity. To this end, I am passionately working in projects that create living in harmony with nature/environment and each other by exploring.

  • adaptive capacities (individual and community)
  • transformation of mind and behaviour
  • transformative education
  • leadership, team work and collaboration
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • spirituality and alternative healing approaches

I am exploring these research foci in the areas of natural extreme events and disasters, migration and Indigenous communities.

For over 15 years, I have been investigating the interaction of psychological and environmental factors that influence risk reduction, preparedness and response for various natural hazards (bushfire, tsunami, earthquakes) and pandemics in different countries (Australia, USA, NZ). In terms of migration, I have been exploring in-depth and longitudinally the interaction of psychological and contextual/environmental factors and processes that facilitate transformation, successful migration, and well-being/health. Recently, I was the principal researcher for the $12.4 million project with six Australian Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia.  This project was awarded several awards including the NAIDOC 2016 award for the Best Environmental Project. Currently, I am leading a Indigenous participatory action research that is facilitating Indigenous Australian and Taiwanese communities visiting each other and exchanging knowledges, skills and cultural practices using arts healing to strengthen Indigenous peoples/communities and to (re)build living in harmony with nature, self and others.  

I am bringing to my work an inter-disciplinary (natural science, psychology, anthropology, sociology), inter-sectional (academia, business, NGO, government), and international (Germany, New Zealand, Australia) and inter-societal (former East Germany) background.

So far, I authored and co-authored over 70 books, chapters, peer-reviewed papers, state and federal government reports, and national and international conference presentations in the fields of disaster preparedness and risk management, international migration, and collaboration (Scopus h-index: 8). I am serving as an editorial board member of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (since 2006), Disaster Communication (since 2016) and Journal of Psychology (since 2010). Since 2007, I am reviewing academic papers for various international disaster, migration, and research design journals. I have been awarded numerous national and international scholarships and fellowships.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Year

Research Project, Role & Team

2003

Individual and social factors constraining preparation for tsunami hazards

Research Assistant, Washington State Government, USA

Research team members: Professor Douglas Paton (UTAS, Australia), Dr David Johnson (GNS, NZ), Dr Kevin Ronan (Massey University, NZ), George Crawford (US National Tsunami Programme)

2004 - 05

Risk management for natural hazards - bushfires

Research Assistant, University of Tasmania and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Research team members: Professor Douglas Paton (University of Tasmania, Australia), Dr Gail Kelly (CSIRO)

2007 - 09

Psychosocial factors influencing individual and community preparedness for avian flu pandemic

Principal Researcher, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Civil Defence and

Emergency Management, New Zealand

Research team members: Professor Douglas Paton (University of Tasmania, Australia) and A/Professor David Johnston (Massey University, Centre for Disaster Research)

2011 - 12

Community level influence on individual behaviours with respect to bushfire readiness and decision making

Post-doctorial Research Associate, University of Western Australia, Australia and Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC)

Research team members: W/Professor David Morrison, W/Professor Carmen Lawrence, Professor Timothy Skinner, Professor Colin McCleod, Dr Lies Notebart, Dr Illy McNeil, and Patrick Dunlop

2012 - 14

Housing and neighbourhoods that generate social inclusion, economic opportunities and wellbeing

Researcher, University of Western Australia, Business School, Centre for Social Impact

Research Team: Professor Paul Flatau (UWA), A/Professor Paul Maginn (UWA) and A/Professor Val Colic-Peisker (RMIT)

2014 - 16

Community understanding of the tsunami risk and warnings systems in Australian communities

Researcher, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Research group members: Professor Douglas Paton (University of Tasmania, Australia), A/Professor David Johnston (Massey University, Centre for Disaster Research), Katelyn Rossiter (University of Tasmania, Australia)

2014 - 16

“Dharray manymakkuŋ pawaw ga gapuw*” – Manymak Energy Efficiency Project with Indigenous Communities in East Arnhem Land

Principal Researcher & Evaluator, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods,

Research Team: A/Prof Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama, Professor Tim Skinner, Julia Becker, A/Professor Simon Moss, A/Prof Anne Lowell, Mirza Baig (CDU)

Project Team: Federal Department of Industries, Power and Water Cooperation, Northern Territory Government Department of Housing, Centre for Appropriate Technology, East Arnhem Regional Council

2016 -

Northern Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazard Training

Researcher & Evaluator, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & CDU Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

Research team members: Steve Sudden (CDU, RIEL), Dr Bev Sithole (ARPNet), various Indigenous Researchers from ARPNet, Iolante Sudden

2017-2018

Arts Related Disaster Risk Reduction:  Australian-Taiwanese Indigenous Artist’s Cultural Knowledge & Skills Exchange and Creations

Principal Investigator – project leader

Research team members: Prof Douglas Paton, , A/Prof Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama, Toni Lee, A/Prof Ioannis  Michaloudis, Dr Benxiang Zeng, Dr Michelle Moss, Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric (all CDU but different disciplines)

2018-2019

Using Arts to heal, reduce the risk of disasters and adapt to climate change: Australian-Taiwanese Indigenous Cultural Knowledge and Skills Exchange and Creation

Principal Investigator – project leader

International research team members:

  • Prof Douglas Paton, , A/Prof Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama, Toni D. Lee, Dr Benxiang Zeng, Dr Michelle Moss (all CDU but different disciplines)
  • L. Min  (Shih-Chien University, Taiwan)  & Y. Lin (Taipei Medical University, Taiwan)
  • J. Meredith – partner investigator Red Cross NT Branch
  • Elders, artists, art centre managers & Red Cross personnel in two Australian and two Taiwan Indigenous communities
  • 1 PhD

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

Total funding: $ 2,27 million

Year

Amount

Funding scheme

Title

Role & Project Team

2018

$ 75,000

CDU Rainmaker Readiness Grant

 

Aims:

  • 2 applications ARC Discovery
  • 1 application ARC Linkage (with Red Cross)

Using Arts to heal, reduce the risk of disasters and adapt to climate change: Australian-Taiwanese Indigenous Cultural Knowledge and Skills Exchange and Creation

 

This is a research program consisting of three interdependent projects

Principal Investigator – project leader

 

Research team members:

  • Prof D. Paton, E. L. Maypilama, M. Moss, T. D. Lee, B. Zeng (all CDU but different disciplines & colleges)
  • L. Min  (Shih-Chien University, Taiwan)  & Y. Lin (Taipei Medical University, Taiwan)
  • J. Meredith – partner investigator Red Cross NT Branch
  • Elders, artists, art centre managers & Red Cross personnel in two Australian and two Taiwan Indigenous communities

2017 -

unspecified

READ Panel Tender RFT 70007256 NFA Department of Social Services

 

Chief Investigator A

Variety of CDU researchers

 

2017

$ 10,000

CDU Rainmaker Start-Up Grant

Arts Related Disaster Risk Reduction:  Australian-Taiwanese Indigenous Artist’s Cultural Knowledge & Skills Exchange and Creations

Principal Investigator – project leader

 

Research team members:

Prof Douglas Paton, A/Prof Ioannis  Michaloudis, Dr Benxiang Zeng, Dr Michelle Moss, Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric (all CDU but different disciplines)

2017

$ 50,000

Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) via Energy Consumers Australia (ECA)

Power Shift – Developing an Australian Framework to Define and Measure the Co-benefits of Energy Efficiency

Researcher

Principal Researcher: Dr Rowan Bedggood (Swinburne University)

Research team member: Nikki Willand (RMIT)

2016 - 2019

$ 200,000

 

Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) via Energy Consumers Australia (ECA)

Seed funding for Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia

 

Deputy-Chair GEER

Dr Rowan Bedggood (Swinburne University), Dr Phillippa Watson (University of Tasmania), Dr Michael Tipps (University of Wollongong)

2016 -

unspecified

PMC2015: CERP

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Establish a Collaborative Evaluation, Research and Planning Panel 2015

Chief Investigator A

Variety of CDU researchers

2013 - 2016

$ 1,642,937

Australian Commonwealth via the Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS)

“Dharray manymakkuŋ pawaw ga gapuw*” – Manymak Energy Efficiency Project with Indigenous Communities in East Arnhem Land 

Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A

Indigenous Essential Services Pty Ltd, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Department of Housing, East Arnhem Shire Council, Centre for Appropriate Technologies/Bushlight

2007

$ 30,000

Ministry of Health and Ministry of Civil Defence and  Emergency Management, New Zealand

 

Articulating community beliefs about avian flu and pandemic preparedness        

 

Principal Researcher

Prof D. Paton (Utas, Tasmania)  and Prof D. Johnston (Massey

University, NZ)

2007 - 2002

$ 267,540

Scholarships, fellowships & grants from various sources including the Roichi Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan

MA & PhD research projects regarding German migration to Australia and New Zealand

 

 

HDR SUPERVISION

 

PhD students

  • Katelyn Rossiter - Natural disaster risk reduction using social media: Development of an evidence-based community engagement model (with Prof Douglas Paton)
  • Stephen Sutten  - Cultural drivers of disaster response behaviour and their cross-cultural applicability: Simeulue Island. (with Prof Douglas Paton, Dr Andrew McWilliam & Dr Saut Sagala)
  • Kim Cardile - Professional sport coach development: Experiences, assessment, transformation and leadership (with A/Prof Simon Moss)
  • Rachel Tumminello - Deepening the environmental volunteer narrative to increase public and environmental organisations’ collaboration in mitigating climate change (with Prof Douglas Paton)
  • Tahir Ali (Pakistan) - Community based disaster risk management for sustainable development: A comparative study between Northern Areas of Pakistan and Australia (with Prof Douglas Paton, Prof James Smith, A/Prof Lawurrpa Maypilama)
  • David McKenzie - Strengthening Risk Reduction of Natural Hazard Consequences in  the  Australian  and  Indonesian  Agricultural  Sectors  with Community-led Experiential Learning (with Prof Douglas Paton, Dr Saut Salaga)
  • Valerie Leishman - Exploration   and   Quantification   of   Quality   of   Life   and   its Indicated  Predictors  in  Taiwanese  Communities  after Natural Disaster Relocation (with Prof Douglas Paton, Dr Eunro Lee, Dr Julia Becker)

 

MA students

  • Jenna Richard – Transforming the lived experiences of non-Indigenous healthcare workers working in remote Indigenous communities: A strength-based approach

 

Completed:

  • Linél Franck - Using social and emotional learning to improve wellbeing and protect against suicide in Indigenous Australian secondary boarding school students (with Prof Douglas Paton & Prof Richard Midford)
  • Siobhan Evans - Benefits of dance on wellbeing in older adults: A closer look at tango and swing (with Prof Douglas Paton & Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric)
  • Katie Astley - The experiences of healthcare workers delivering FIFO services to rural and remote Indigenous communities (with Prof Douglas Paton)

 

Completed Honours Supervisions

  • Nikki Curtis – Songs of freedom: Popular songs as pathways for healing the past and instilling hope for the future in Australia (with Prof Douglas Paton)
  • Belinda Howarth - Gifted university students: A qualitative study of why they choose to use or hide gifted abilities (with Prof Douglas Paton)
  • Christiana Powell – Coping in paramedics(with Prof Timophy Skinner)

 

TEACHING

2018 -  Course Coordinator Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours)

        Unit coordination & lectures/tutorials/workshops:

  • Psy140 Introduction to Psychology A
  • Psy209 Social and Cultural Psychology
  • Psy355 Applied Psychology
  • Psy426 Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Psy791 Honours Thesis
  • Psy792 Honours Research Project

       Calibration documents prepared for: Honours Program, Psy140, Psy209, Psy355

 

2017 -  Course Coordinator Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours)  

        Unit coordination & lectures/tutorials/workshops:

  • Psy140 Introduction to Psychology A
  • Psy202 Developmental Psychology
  • Psy209 Social and Cultural Psychology
  • Psy355 Applied Psychology
  • Psy791 Honours Thesis
  • Psy792 Honours Research Project

       APAC Accreditation documents prepared for: Honours Program & above units

 

2016 -  Course Coordinator Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) starting Semester 2           

        Unit coordination & lectures/tutorials/workshops:

  • Psy140 Introduction to Psychology A
  • Psy141 Introduction to Psychology B (co-coordination)
  • Psy202 Developmental Psychology

        Lectures:

  • Psy355 Applied Psychology

 

2015 -  Unit coordination & lectures/tutorials:

  • Psy140 Introduction to Psychology A
  • Psy141 Introduction to Psychology B (co-coordination)
  • Psy355 Health Psychology

        Lectures:

  • Psy202 Developmental Psychology
  • Psy355 Applied Psychology

 

2014 -  Unit coordination & lectures

  • Introduction to Psychology A, 100 level
  • Developmental Psychology, 200 level          

        Lectures:

  • Applied Methodology – Qualitative Research, MA level (Clinical Psychology)
  • Cultural, Social & Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management, Master of Emergency & Disaster Management

 

 

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER

2016 -      Disaster Communication

2010 -      Journal of Psychology

2006 -      International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 

2011 -   Sylff Fellow - The Royichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Nippon Foundation – Tokyo Foundation, International

2010 -   Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University, NZ

2009 -   Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University & GNS Science, NZ

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

2005       TEC Top Achievers Doctoral Scholarship[1] - $ 58,000 plus fees over a two year period.

2004       Ryoichi Sasakawa Doctoral Young Leaders’ Scholarship - $ 18,000 plus

                research expenses and tuition fee over a one year period.

2004      University of Tasmania International Postgraduate Research Scholarship - $ 72,000 plus international PhD fees of $12750 and health cover per year for a four year period.

2003      Massey University PhD Scholarship - $ 54,000 plus fees over three year period.

2002      Ryoichi Sasakawa Masterate Young Leaders’ Scholarship - $ 24,000 plus research expenses and tuition fee over two years period.

2002      Massey University Masterate Scholarship – $ 12,000 over one year period.

 

FELLOWSHIPS

2007      Claude McCarthy Fellowship - $ 5000.

2007      Visiting Scholar, CAPSTRANS, University of Wollongong, Australia.

2005     Visiting Scholar, CAPSTRANS, University of Wollongong, Australia.

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2017       Erasmus Staff Mobility Grant – Euro 2000

2016      Erhard – Jensen Initiative – US$ 2500

2015      CDU Travel Grant - $ 2500

2012      UWA Travel Grant - $ 1850

2007      Australian Population Association Christabel Young Research Grant - $ 2000.

2007      NZ Department of Labour Graduate Research Sponsorship - $ 5000.

2007     New Zealand European Union Centres Network Domestic Fees Scholarship - $ 1940.

2000      Massey University Scholar.

2000      Freemasons Scholarship - $ 5000.

1999      Massey University Extramural Student`s Society Scholarship 1999 valued at $ 500

1998     Evening Standard Prize in Written Communication 1998

 

 


[1] Only the top 4% of PhD students in New Zealand are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Massey University

… → 2011

External positions

Deputy Chair Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia, Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers

2016 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal Disaster Risk Communication

2016 → …

Sylff Fellow , The Royichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Nippon Foundation – Tokyo Foundation, International

2011 → …

International Research Associate , Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (Victoria University, NZ)

2009 → …

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches

2006 → …

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hazard Earth & Environmental Sciences
wildfire Earth & Environmental Sciences
disaster Earth & Environmental Sciences
community Social Sciences
New Zealand Social Sciences
Tsunamis Medicine & Life Sciences
migration Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2018

A Key Approach to Effective DRR: Transforming Western worldviews towards Indigenous worldviews

Buergelt, P. & Paton, D., Oct 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paper

disaster
coexistence
education
art
tide

Migrating - a transformative process towards actualising authentic selves and lives

Buergelt, P., Morgan, M., Julian, R. & Bedford, D., 2018, Building Transformative Community: Exacting Possibilities in Today's Times : Proceedings of the XIII International Transformative Learning Conference . Welch, M., Marskick, V. & Holt, D. (eds.). New York, United States: Teachers College, Columbia University , p. 197-199 3 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

migration
migrant
narrative
New Zealand
grounded theory

Transformation: The Key for Reducing the Risk and Impact of “Natural” Disasters and Climate Change

BUERGELT, P. & Paton, D., Nov 2018, p. 200 - 202. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

Open Access
File
natural disaster
disaster
climate change
extreme event
tide

Art and disaster resilience: Perspectives from the visual and performing arts

Paton, D., Michaloudis, I., Pavavaljung, E., Clark, K., Buergelt, P., Jang, L. & Kuo, G., 2017, Disaster resilience: An integrated approach. Paton, D. & Johnston, D. (eds.). 2 ed. USA: Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd, p. 212-235 24 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Performing Arts
Art
Resilience
Catastrophe
Disaster

Community understanding of tsunami risk and warnings in Australia

Paton, D., Johnston, D., Rossiter, K., Buergelt, P. T., Richards, A. & Anderson, S., 2017, In : Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 32, 1, p. 54-59 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Tsunamis
community
Hazards
lack
Alarm systems