Prof. Maureen Fordham
Professor of Gender & Disaster Resilience
Maureen Fordham BSc PhD is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. She has been researching disasters since 1988 and is an expert on community based disaster risk reduction, and capacities and vulnerability analysis, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of social groups in disaster risk reduction (Fordham and Meyreles 2013; Bradshaw and Fordham 2014; Gaillard et al. 2015). She was a founding member of the Gender and Disaster Network in 1997 and is the Coordinator of its website and activities. She is a governmental advisor at all scales from local through national to the global UN level. She has edited, and is on the editorial boards of, international disaster-related journals. She is affiliated with University College London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Durham University, and Northumbria University in the UK, and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently researching increasing maternal and child health resilience before, during and after disasters using mobile technology in Nepal (MANTRA project).
Assoc. Professor, the University of Auckland
JC Gaillard is Associate Professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His present work focuses on developing participatory tools for DRR and in involving minority groups in disaster-related activities with an emphasis on ethnic and gender minorities, prisoners and homeless people. He is further interested in everyday hazards and disasters, especially those associated with wildlife. JC also collaborates in participatory mapping and DRR trainings with local governments and civil society organisations. More details from: www.jcgaillard.wordpress.com
Executive Officer, Kaituiora Social Equity & Wellbeing Network New Zealand
Sharon has over 20 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector and is the Kaituiora / Executive Officer of the Social Equity & Wellbeing Network in Christchurch, New Zealand. After the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 she became concerned at the lack of visibility of the sector and its enormous contribution to the response and recovery. Ever since then she has been at the forefront of work in New Zealand to raise the profile and participation of the sector in civil defence, emergency management, and building community resilience.
Dr. Gretchen Good
Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Massey University New Zealand
Gretchen Good is a Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation, in the School of Health Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focusses on activity, independence and life satisfaction in adults with and without impairments; disaster preparation for disabled children and adults, inclusion and disability and adoption and disability. She has worked in various areas of rehabilitation, including vocational rehabilitation, prison rehabilitation, rehabilitation for those who are blind or vision impaired and for those living with other impairments. She is Mum to two children with disabilities and is a disability advocate, educator and researcher.
Senior Lecturer University of Otago School of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand
Lesley is a senior lecturer at the University Of Otago School Of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand with a background in primary health care and public health. Lesley’s research concerns risk communication, health and behaviour, with a particular focus on obesity. Lesley is particularly interested in diverse and vulnerable populations in disasters. She commenced a part time PhD with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University and GNS Science, New Zealand) in 2016, looking at disaster risk reduction for people with morbid obesity.