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Migrants’ experience of fire needed for study

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  4.56 PM 22 July, 2016

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If you or someone in your community have migrated to Australia, you can help with an important PhD study at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Gretel Evans is investigating how migrants’ experience of natural disasters contributes to a sense of identity and belonging within the community and the Australian landscape and environment. Gretel is seeking participants who have migrated to Australia and have faced a natural disaster, particularly a bushfire. This can include CFA members, as well as anyone else in the community – if you know someone who might be able to assist Gretel, please pass on her details.

The study is part of Gretel’s PhD thesis, undertaken at the University of Melbourne, and will form part of a history project to investigate and document migrants’ memories of natural disasters in Australia. Participants must be willing to be involved in a recorded interview.

While Gretel’s PhD is predominately focused on bushfire experiences of migrants, she is also interested in stories about flood from across Australia, not just in Victoria.

If you are interested in finding out more information about participating in the study, please contact Gretel on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A key goal of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is to build the capacity and capability of the emergency management sector to undertake high quality research – Gretel is one of over 70 PhD students that are currently supported by the CRC.

Last Updated: 22 July 2016