​This group is an online environment to continue the growth of a network of communication researchers and practitioners from across NZ who are involved in the practice of, research into, and research applied to: hazard, risk, science, disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience and crisis communication in the earth and atmospheric sciences. Researchers and practitioners from related disciplines, including for example health risk communication, are also welcome.

Through this group we aim to provide a collective voice for us as a body of interdisciplinary scientists, and to help facilitate more collaborative research projects between organisations (including for future funding rounds).

This group will be used as a forum to share contacts, research ideas, related documentation and publications, to propose and run workshops, and was founded during our inaugural workshop on December 2nd 2014 at Massey University, Wellington, NZ.

Members are also encouraged to initiate discussions in the forum boards on topics of interest, research queries for existing projects, as well as new research ideas. New members are welcome.

For more information about network seminars, the forum or contributing to this network contact the network leaders below.

​Communication Research and Natural Hazards sub pages:

Network Leaders:

​Dr Emma Hudson-Doyle

​Emma Hudson-Doyle is based at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, ​Wellington​, New Zealand. Her interests lie at the interface between physical science and critical decision makers, with a primary focus on the communication of science advice for critical decision making during natural hazard events. Recent research projects have included investigations into the communication of probability forecasts, ​uncertain science advice​, and team based emergency management simulations for a hypothetical volcanic eruption. Emma is also a ISSC World Social Science Fellow, who have been tasked with rethinking the framework of the Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme.

Research interests include: Communication of scientific uncertainty, decision making under uncertainty; Integration of advice and numerical models into emergency decision making; Effective communication of event probabilities, forecasts and warnings; Interpretation of multi-parameter geophysical data of hazardous flows, and analytical and numerical models of these phenomena​: Natural hazards, Volcanoes, ​Earthquakes​, ​Tsunamis​​, extreme weather.


​Jacquline Dohaney

​Dr Jacqueline Dohaney is a geologist and an educational specialist and is researching effective ways to teach communication skills to tertiary students and professionals. As a geologist, she worked with mining companies and government agencies in Canada and Australia, before moving into the education sphere. She is currently employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, where she completed her doctorate in geoscience education (i.e., the study of teaching and learning in geology). Her current research programme is funded through Ako Aotearoa and is a multi-institutional grant that aims to develop curricula which improves students' communication skills. They have developed measures which characterise students' background, experience, perceptions, and confidence when communicating.

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​Kate Crowley

​​Dr Kate Crowley is a Hazard and Risk Engineer at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Wellington, New Zealand. She is part of the ​RiskScape ​team developing and enabling the implementation of a natural hazards impact and loss modelling tool for local authorities. Previously Dr Crowley worked as the Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser for an international development and humanitarian agency called CAFOD, based in London, United Kingdom.  Dr Crowley is an applied interdisciplinary scientist specialising in the interface between natural hazards and society. Additional to RiskScape her applied research includes social vulnerability, culture and disasters, and disaster risk knowledge exchange.



​Mary Anne Thompson

​​Mary Anne Thompson is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland with a background in both geology and communication. Her interests lie in hazard and risk analysis, hazard and risk communication, and stakeholder engagement in science. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Auckland, in which she investigated new applications of probabilistic tools for volcanic hazard assessment, risk analysis, and hazard and risk communication in New Zealand. Mary Anne’s current research focuses on using interdisciplinary approaches to understand the role of maps in transferring knowledge about natural hazard and risk.