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Valerie lecturers in Emergency Management and supervises Doctor of Public Safety candidates at Charles Sturt University. She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of tertiary level programs in emergency management and fire services. Her recent research highlights the importance of local community organisations in building community connections for disaster resilience, with a particular focus on compound and cascading disasters leading to community disaster fatigue.

Research Interests

  • Fire services, emergency management and community recovery
  • Time-pressured decision making
  • Shared responsibility and community resilience
  • Perceptions of risk and resilience in Bangladeshi and Australian communities

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • ISA Research Committee 39 - The Sociology of Disasters
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Associate Editor of Salus Journal

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Art of multimodal decision making by incident controllers on the fireground, University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 17 Apr 2010

Master of Education, University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 09 Apr 2001

Bachelor of Adult Education, University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 12 Apr 1999

External positions

Board Member, Mountains Community Resource Network

2022 → …

Blue Mountains Resilience & Preparedness Working Group, Mountains Community Resource Network

2014 → …

Subject keywords

  • emergency, disaster, resilience, vulnerability, recovery, fire, aesthetic, community,


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