Johnny successfully defended his PhD in February 2018 and graduated in August 2018.
A PhD project through the University of Canterbury titled “Disability and natural disasters: are those with mobility impairments remembered?” The aim of this research project was to explore barriers and facilitators relating to the areas of survival, preparedness, and coping during and following the Christchurch earthquake on February 22nd, 2011. Read more about the project HERE.
- Professor Philip Schluter, University of Canterbury
- Dr Jean Hay-Smith, University of Otago
- Dr Deborah Snell, University of Otago
July 2013 – July 2017.
Research suggests that despite an inevitable degree of uncertainty, disabled people are disproportionally vulnerable during natural disasters. A variety of social, economic, and environmental reasons are believed to contribute to this, including damaged infrastructure which restricts mobility, inaccessible shelters and temporary housing options, requiring assistance to organise supplies and equipment, and dealing with emergency personal who had little knowledge of disability needs and how to address those needs. Research also suggests that disabled people are poorly represented in emergency planning, and that there is also little collaboration with disabled people in designing emergency planning which creates emergency organisations who struggle to understand the extent or specific nature of the issues that need to be addressed.
Bourke, J, Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Snell, D. L., & Schluter, P. J. (2017). Community inclusion of wheelchair users during the long-term recovery phase following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.05.004
Bourke J, Schluter P, Hay-Smith J, Snell D. (2015). Wheelchair users’ experience of community inclusion following the Canterbury Earthquakes: a thematic analysis. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2015 AFRM/NZRA Conference Wellington October 2015.
Johnny presents at the BAIL Peer Group, 03 November 2016