Kate Brady

Kate Brady is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne’s School of Global and Population Health, and is the primary researcher for this project. Her research explores what is most helpful in disaster recovery from the perspective of people with lived experience.

Kate’s research will invite people who have experienced a range of disaster impacts to identify both formal and informal things that assisted their recovery.

A self-confessed disaster nerd, Kate’s work has a strong practice focus. Since 2011, she has been the National Recovery Coordinator for the Australian Red Cross Emergency Services team. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all Red Cross disaster recovery programs, strategy and operations around the country, and also work closely with the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake recovery program. Prior to this role, she managed the Red Cross recovery program following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Kate is committed to improving disaster recovery practice through incorporating a strong research and evidence base into field operations. She is a 2014 Emergency Media and Public Affairs Fellow and 2010 Churchill Fellow.

Kate is very excited about having a foot in both the practice and research worlds. She finds that it provides great opportunities to present findings from research in practice forums, and conversely to bring field learnings to research. 


Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs

Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs is the primary supervisor for this PhD study.

Lisa is the Associate Director, Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program McCaughey, VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne.

Lisa is currently managing a range of community based public health research studies examining social and environmental influences on child and family health and wellbeing. This includes a disaster research program as well as studies addressing oral health, obesity prevention and social inclusion. Her research focuses on engagement of marginalised or disadvantaged groups with an emphasis on community and policy outcomes achieved through university-community-government partnerships.

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Associate Professor Louise Harms

Lou Harms is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Social Work at The University of Melbourne. She has worked in areas of trauma, loss and posttraumatic growth which are key elements of knowledge that she brings to her research.