Research Tuesday: firing debate – EI researchers lead the way

Our members will converge on this event to share their research on the recent catastrophic, Australian bushfires.

As the world looked on, Australia lost more than 11 million hectares, 30 lives, thousands of properties and wildlife destroyed.

The smoke is clearing, the natural question is: what can, and should, we do differently to strategically manage our bushfire risk in future, given our climate will only become more hostile?

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2020
When: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Bookings: Eventbrite

In this important Research Tuesdays forum, four leading University of Adelaide researchers will tackle this challenge from multiple angles, including:

• the new world of ‘mega fires’ and the unique issues they bring
• integrated approaches to risk reduction, considering a combination of fuel load reduction, land use planning, building code changes and community education
• how values, gender, culture and conflict affect our perceptions of bushfire risk in relation to biodiversity conservation and environmental governance
• the potential benefits of Indigenous partnerships in bushfire-risk communities.

The Presenters

Professor Bob Hill directs the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and is a former winner of the Clarke and Burbidge medals, from the Royal Society of NSW and Australian Systematic Botany Society respectively. He has authored over 200 refereed papers and 35 book chapters.

Professor Holger Maier is an environmental engineer in the University of Adelaide’s School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering. He is also a Research Leader in the area of decision support for natural-hazard risk reduction within the national Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray is Interim Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on how to engage communities in environmental decision-making, particularly in the context of climate change and biodiversity protection.

Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley is the Acting Head of the Department of Geography, Environment and Population. His research focuses on climate change impacts to socio-ecosystems both in Australia and internationally, including fire risk management.

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