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Dr. JC Gaillard
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : DCR


Research Interest

  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Participatory tools for DRR
  • Marginalisation and DRR with focus on ethnicity, gender minorities, children, prisoners and homeless people
  • Small and neglected disasters
  • Livelihood assessment and strengthening in DRR
  • Post-disaster resettlement
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    Dr. JC Gaillard is a Senior Research Fellow at Resilience Development Initiative, that focus on Disaster and Climate Resilience (DCR).

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    Year Experience

    Exploring long-term disaster recovery trajectories in New Zealand – Project funded by the Earthquake Commission, New Zealand.


    Human adaptation and climate change in the past in the Philippines – Project funded by the University of the Philippines Diliman


    Integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies in the Pacific – Project funded by Oxfam New Zealand and The University of Auckland, New Zealand.


    Long-term resilience of Franz Josef: A community-based approach – Project funded by the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), New Zealand


    Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands – Project funded by the Australian Research Council.


    Policy and Practice in North Maluku, Indonesia – Project funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

    • Gaillard, J. C., Cadag, J. R., Gampell, A., Hore, K., Le Dé L, & McSherry, A. (2016). Participatory numbers for integrating knowledge and actions in development. Development in Practice, 26 (8), 998-1012. 10.1080/09614524.2016.1226263 Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony Gampell
    • Gaillard, J. C., Sanz, K., Balgos, B. C., Dalisay, S. N. M., Gorman-Murray, A., Smith, F., & Toelupe, V. (2016). Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster. Disasters10.1111/disa.12209
    • Gaillard, J. C., & Gomez, C. (2015). Post-disaster research: Is there gold worth the rush?. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 7 (1).10.4102/jamba.v7i1.120
    • Wisner, B., Gaillard, J., & Kelman, I. (Eds.) (2015). Disaster Risk. London: Routledge. Pages: 1627. Related URL.
    • Gaillard, J. (2015). People's Response to Disasters in the Philippines: Vulnerability, Capacities and Resilience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Pages: 216.
    • Gaillard, J. C., & McSherry, A. (2014). Revisiting Geography Field Trips: A Treasure Hunt Experience. Journal of Geography, 113 (4), 171-178. 10.1080/00221341.2013.847114
    • Gaillard, J. C., & Mercer, J. (2013). From knowledge to action: Bridging gaps in disaster risk reduction. Progress in Human Geography, 37 (1), 93-114. 10.1177/0309132512446717
    • Wisner, B., Gaillard, J., & Kelman, I. (2011). The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction. London: Routledge. Pages: 904. URL:

    Undergraduate Course

    • GEOG325 – The Human Dimension of Disasters
    • This 15-point course provides an overview of the human dimension of disasters. It covers crucial concepts and theories, vulnerability and the causes of disasters, people’s capacities and response to disasters, disaster risk reduction and management and post-disaster recovery. The course also emphasises the policy and practical outcomes of theoretical debates. Discussions draw upon examples and case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised areas and communities. This course is based around lectures and participatory activities which actively involve the students in the learning process. Tutorials provide additional insights through film showing and practical activities such as role games. Furthermore case studies will be used often to illustrate theoretical and methodological discussions. A treasure hunt throughout Auckland provides the students with a first-hand experience in dealing with potential disasters and associated social issues.

      GEOG325 consists of one 2h and one 1h lectures a week and seven compulsory 1h tutorials during the semester. In addition, it includes one 2h class on the beach and one half-day field activity (final stage of the treasure hunt) on two different Saturdays. Further details available from:

    Postgraduate Course

    • GEOG725 – People, Participation and Development
    • This course provides a critical overview of issues associated with people’s participation in development in their geographical context, including processes and outcomes, accountability, empowerment and transformation. It uses examples associated with livelihood strengthening, resource management, health and sanitation, education and disaster risk reduction. The course provides the students with theoretical knowledge but also practical skills through the use in class of participatory tools as both contents and teaching aids. Discussions rely upon concrete case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on marginalised places.

      GEOG725 consists in one 2h lecture every week of the first semester. Further details available from:

    Contributions to the following courses

    Organisation Membership

    New Zealand Geographical Society; Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network; Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction; Philippine Geographical Society; Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas, Inc. (Society of Philippine Archaeologists); Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Alpine (France); Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (Philippines); Association Française pour la Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est (France); Katipúnan da ríng Talasalíksik at Talatúrung Kapampángan (Philippines); Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Training and Learning Circle – Philippines; Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines; International Humanitarian Studies Association; Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction; Center for Disaster Preparedness (Philippines)

    Editor of Disaster Prevention and Management:

    Member of the board of referees of the following journals

    Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Policy, Studies and Management; Environmental Hazards; Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; Journal of Alpine Research; Social Science Diliman; Philippine Geographical Journal; Alaya: Kapampangan Research Journal; International Federation of Social Science Organizations Journal; Tarlac State University Research Journal.

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