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Dr  Jonatan Lassa

Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management

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Dr Lassa’s doctoral research has been one of the first systematic studies on disaster governance, looking at institutions and governance practice in disaster reduction in the countries around the world.

He recently conducted global assessment of political will on disaster risk reduction using quantitative approach. His research focuses on the questions around how society including governments generate political will that leads to policy reform and change.

His research focuses on understanding how local governments around the globe mainstream and sustain resilience and adaptation to climatic change. He recently develops a concept of utopiability which allow him to understand how government officials, private sectors and civil society dream of resilient future.

His areas of focus are Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

He welcome students who are interested in crisis leadership and crisis communication Asia Pacific and Australia; Governing fire in Indonesia; Environmental migration and human trafficking; Social exclusion and disaster risk; Long term observation of community-based disaster management and climate adaptation practices in different parts of the world; Early warning systems; Disaster decentralization in Asia; Humanitarian ecosystem;  Food system and agricultural adaptation policy; natural hazards and cultural change; Object-oriented ontology and critical disaster studie



Research interests:

  • Disaster risk governance and institutions
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Long-term disaster recovery studies
  •  Disaster and climate policy making in Asia Pacific

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CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their Higher Degree by Research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available.

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