New approaches to offset the trauma, health impacts and extended social disruptions from climate change threats such as environmental disasters.
We focus on human risks and social supports, community collaboration, and appropriate services to improve the capacity for resilience for those exposed to climate-related threats. Our work tackles complex challenges of how to live well in an unwell world and building capacity for resilience for those exposed to climate-related risks.
We work with key stakeholders (government, disaster recovery organisations, emergency management, community members) so they have the evidence and resources needed to support decision making, guide policies, deliver evidence-informed services and build workforce capacity.
Lisa Gibbs - Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, MDHS; Principal Advisor, Social Implications of Technology (Infrastructure and Resilience), The Nossal Institute of Global Health, MDHS
- Lisa is a Professor of Public Health and Director of the Disaster, Climate and Adversity Unit in Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Academic Lead for Community Resilience and Public Health in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. Her research focuses on disaster recovery and resilience particularly relating to the interplay between individual and community level outcomes. Flagship studies under her leadership include the 10 years Beyond Bushfires study and the multi-award winning Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project.
Claire Leppold - Research Fellow – Disasters, Climate, Adversity Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, MDHS
- Claire is a Research Fellow at the Disaster, Climate and Adversity Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Claire’s research focuses on disaster recovery and the social determinants of health, with a focus on what happens when communities experience more than one disaster. She currently leads the national evaluation of the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Recovery Program and leads the ‘Disasters on Disasters’ stream of work at the University of Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia, Claire worked in Fukushima, Japan, during recovery from the 3.11 ‘triple’ disaster.