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Katharine is a human geographer specialising in risk communication, community and youth-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. She has considerable experience undertaking qualitative and quantitative research with communities, emergency management practitioners, professionals and policy makers. Katharine has a special interest in participatory processes and action research as a means for understanding and enhancing community-based adaptation and risk reduction.

Katharine was called as an expert witness at the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, following the Black Saturday disaster. In 2015, she was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) for the most important contributions in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for a scientist under the age of 40. 

Prior to taking up a position with the Department of Geography and Planning Katharine worked with Risk Frontiers for 12 years and was responsible for the introduction of social science into their core body of work.

Katharine completed her PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, investigating the communication of risk on the volcanically active island of Montserrat WI. 

Research student supervision

Higher degree research supervision

Past students:

Avianto Amri, ‘Challenges in implementing disaster risk reduction education: Views from the frontline in Indonesia’. Masters of Research awarded by Macquarie University August 2015. Received 91%.

Tetsuya Okada, ‘Acknowledging local sociality in disaster recovery: a longitudinal, qualitative study’. Doctor of Philosophy awarded by Macquarie University, December 2016.

Current students:

Avianto Amri, PhD - A cross cultural investigation of child-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Indonesia and Australia. Macquarie University. Expected completion date: February 2019.

Arifa Ahmed Mozumdar, PhD -  Entering Floodwater: Occupational and Public Perceptions of Risk and Cue Utilisation. Macquarie University. Expected completion date: 15 March 2020.  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of East Anglia


MSci, University College London


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Disasters Engineering & Materials Science
disaster Earth & Environmental Sciences
natural disaster Social Sciences
shelter Earth & Environmental Sciences
community Social Sciences
vulnerability Earth & Environmental Sciences
Climate change Engineering & Materials Science
natural hazard Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Outputs 2006 2019

Behaviour around floodwater: challenges for floodwater safety and risk communication

Taylor, M., Tofa, M., Haynes, K., McLaren, J., Readman, P., Ferguson, D., Rundle, S. & Rose, D., 31 Oct 2019, In : Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 34, 4, p. 40-47 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
risk communication
Emergency services

Older adults in disaster and emergency management: what are the priority research areas in Australia?

Fountain, L., Tofa, M., Haynes, K., Taylor, M. R. & Ferguson, S. J., Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 39, p. 1-11 11 p., 101248.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

community service

What do we really mean by 'floodwater' and is it ever ok to enter?

Taylor, M. & Haynes, K., Apr 2019, In : Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 34, 2, p. 10-11 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinionResearch

Bridging the divide between studies on disaster risk reduction education and child-centred disaster risk reduction: a critical review

Amri, A., Haynes, K., Bird, D. K. & Ronan, K., 2018, In : Children's Geographies. 16, 3, p. 239-251 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Risk Reduction Behavior

Driving into floodwater: a systematic review of risks, behaviour and mitigation

Ahmed, M. A., Haynes, K. & Taylor, M., Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 31, p. 953-963 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

risk behavior
risk factor
decision making
Decision making


Driving into Floodwater: Research into Practice Brief 1

Mozumdar Ahmed (Participant), Mel Taylor (Participant), Matalena Tofa (Participant), Katharine Haynes (Participant)