Professor JC Gaillard

PhD (Doctorat) in Geography, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France (2001) / MSc in Geography (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France (1997) / PGDipSc in Geography (Maîtrise), Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France (1996) / BSc (Licence) in Geography, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France (1996)

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Biography

Professional background

  • Since February 2020: Professor of Geography, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Since February 2019: Extraordinary Professor, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University, South Africa
  • Since April 2017: International Associate, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa
  • Since November 2016: Senior Research Fellow, Resilience Development Initiative, Indonesia
  • Since July 2010: Permanent Member, UMR Gouvernance, Risque, Environnement et Développement (GRED), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
  • December 2019: Visiting Professor, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France
  • January 2019: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • March-April 2017: Visiting Researcher, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa
  • January 2017: Visiting Professor, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France
  • September 2016-January 2020: Associate Dean (Postgraduate Taught and Masters), Faculty of Science, The university of Auckland, New Zealand
  • March 2015-November 2017: Honorary Research Associate, School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • July-October 2013: Visiting Researcher, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social, Mexico
  • February 2013-january 2020: Associate Professor, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • July 2010-January 2013: Senior Lecturer, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • June 2009-May 2010: Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • June-October 2009: Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • June-October 2008: Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • February 2005-June 2010: Maître de Conférences, UFR de Géographie, Université de Grenoble, France
  • February 2005-June 2010: Permanent Member, UMR Politiques publiques, Action politique, Territoires (PACTE), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • February 2005-June 2010: Associate Member, Equipe d’Accueil Gestion des Sociétés, des Territoires et des Risques (GESTER), Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III, France
  • November 2002-January 2005: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • June-November 2002: Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman

Participatory mapping and community-based disaster risk reduction training for NGOs and other Civil Society Organisations

  • New Zealand: Council for International Development
  • Philippines: DRRNetPhils, Center for Disaster Preparedness, Ecoweb, Integrated Rural Development Foundation, People’s Development Institute, Buklod Tao, Concern, Igorota Foundation, Yaman
  • Cambodia: DPA
  • Nepal: Koshi Victims Society, Leaders Nepal
  • UK: CAFOD
  • France: Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement, Pôle Grenoblois d’Etude et de Recherche pour la Prévention des Risques Naturels

Participatory mapping and community-based disaster risk reduction training for communities and local governments

  • Philippines: Borongan (Eastern Samar), Dagupan (Pangasinan), Masantol (Pampanga), Irosin (Sorsogon), Josefina (Zamboanga del Sur), La Carlota City (Negros Occidental), San Mateo (Rizal), Tublay (Benguet), La Trinidad (Benguet), Talalora (Samar), Baybay (Leyte), Mercedes (Camarines Norte) and Benguet Provincial Government.
  • Cambodia: Gati (Mondulkiri)
  • Nepal: Odraha (Saptari)
  • France: Bourg Saint-Maurice (Savoie), Névache (Hautes Alpes)
  • New Zealand: Hastings (Hawke’s Bay), Franz Josef (West Coast)

Research | Current

On-going projects

  • 2018-2020: Views from the Frontline 2019 (New Zealand country review) – Project funded by the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), New Zealand
  • 2017-2022: Child-centered disaster risk reduction: Impacts on community, household and child resilience – Project funded by Save the Children New Zealand.
  • 2015-2020: 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
  • 2016-2020: Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands – Project funded by the Australian Research Council.

Teaching | Current

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 participatory mapping, video games and other group activities. 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.

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.

Contributions to the following courses

EARTHSCI105 – Natural Hazards in New Zealand

GEOG205 – Environment and Society

GEOG315 – Research Design and Methods in Human Geography

GEOG701 – Research in Practice

EARTHSCI705 – Geohazards

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

  • Katherine Hore (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: People’s participation in disaster risk reduction
  • Anthony Gampell (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Video games and disasters
  • Tanay Amirapu (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Wildlife in disaster risk reduction
  • Khanh Ton (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Mental disabilities in disaster risk reduction
  • Juan Astaburuaga Peña (The University of Auckland) – Supervisor: Crowdsourcing and discourse of nature in Patagonia-Chile.
  • Mayeda Rashid (Central Queensland University, Aus) – Supervisor: Child-based disaster risk reduction
  • Alice McSherry (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Co-supervisor: Traditional medicine and cultural identity

Current MSc/MA students

  • Meenanayaanie Ilamurugan (The University of  Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Wildlife hazards, livelihoods and religion in India
  • Alison Acuzar (The University of Auckland) – Supervisor: Solid waste management following disasters
  • Nileema Narayan (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: TBC
  • Maria Julie Anne Culibar (The University of Auckland) – Supervisor: Games for disaster risk reduction
  • Marah Valerie Villanueva (The University of Auckland) – Supervisor: Post-disaster resettlement in the Philippines
  • Ryan Christopher P. Viado (University of the Philippines Diliman) – Co-supervisor: Gaps and constraints in the implementation of the Philippines’ disaster risk reduction and management system

Current BSc/BA Honours

  • TBC

Responsibilities

Current advisory roles

Areas of expertise

Topical research interest

  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Power and inclusion in DRR
  • Wildlife hazards and DRR
  • Participatory tools for DRR
  • Livelihood assessment and strengthening in DRR
  • Post-disaster resettlement

Regions of interest

  • Asia: Philippines, Indonesia
  • Pacific: Fiji, New Zealand
  • Africa: Botswana, Namibia
  • Latin America: Mexico

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Organisation membership

Editor of Disaster Prevention and Management: www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/dpm

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; Malay; Innovative Technology and Management Journal; Tarlac State University Research Journal

Peer reviewing

  • Journals: Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Policy, Studies and Management; Natural Hazards; Environmental Hazards; International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; Global Environmental Change; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; International Journal of Emergency Management; Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; Natural Hazards Review; PLOS Currents: Disasters; Risk Analysis; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research; Journal of Applied Volcanology; Climate and Development; Climate Policy; Climate, Disaster and Development; Journal of International Humanitarian Action; Progress in Human Geography; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning E; Area; Applied Geography; The Geographical Journal; Geoforum; Social and Cultural Geography; Gender, Place and Culture; Urban Geography; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Asia Pacific Viewpoint; New Zealand Geographer; Journal of Historical Geography; Journal of Health and Place; ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; Journal of Geography; Journal of Geography in Higher Education; Journal of Transport Geography; Geography Compass; Human Ecology; Journal of Alpine Research; Journal of Mountain Science; Danish Journal of Geography; Habitat International; Mountain Research and Development; Economic Anthropology; Anthropological Forum; Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies; Global Policy; Land Use Policy; World Development; International Development Planning Review; Journal of International Development; Development in Practice; Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; Environmental Development; International Journal of Sustainable Development; PLOS One; Journal of Coastal Management; Journal of Historical Sociology; Journal of Poverty; British Medical Bulletin; Health and Social Care in the Community; Health Education Research; Tourism Management; Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development; The Contemporary Pacific; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; Global Change, Peace and Security; Global Policy; African Journal of Agricultural Research; Journal of African Earth Sciences; Canadian Journal of Development Studies; Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability; Social Compass; Cooperation and Conflict; Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture; The Social Science Journal; Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online; Mai Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship; Bulletin of Latin American Research; Philippine Studies; Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies; Social Science Diliman; PRISM; Philippine Population Review; Revue Tiers Monde; L’espace politique, Développement Durable et Territoires; Studi Emigrazione
  • Books: Springer, Routledge, CRC Press, Elsevier; The Geological Society, L’Harmattan, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal
  • Projects and reports: orld Vision; ProVention Consortium; Gender and Disaster Network; Overseas Development Institute – Humanitarian Policy Group (UK); European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme – Theme 6: Environment (including Climate Change); Fond National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique / Schweizerische Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / Conseil de Recherches en Sciences Humaines du Canada; Austrian Science Fund / (FWF); National Science Foundation (USA); National Research Foundation (South Africa); Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction; Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France); Mairie de Paris (France); University of the Philippines Diliman; Embassy of France in Wellington; Economic and Social Research Council (UK); Natural Environment Research Council (UK); National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand); UNESCO; AXA/European Science Foundation; DANIDA (Denmark); The World Bank; International Panel on Climate Change; Inter-Agency Standing Committee – Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings; Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (Chile)
  • Universities: Macquarie University (Australia); The University of Melbourne (Australia); Australian National University; James Cook University (Australia); Charles Stuart University (Australia); Griffith University (Australia); The University of Waikato (New Zealand); University of Otago (New Zealand); University of Canterbury (New Zealand); Massey University (New Zealand), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Institute of Development Studies (UK); University College London (UK), University of Cape Town (South Africa); North-West University (South Africa); Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand); University of the Philippines Diliman; Texas A&M University (USA); Pondicherry University (India); Université de Lausanne (Switzerland); Université de Grenoble (France); Université de Savoie (France); Université de Montpellier III (France); Université Paris I (France); Université Paris VII (France); American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gaillard, J. C., & Peek, L. (2019). Disaster-zone research needs a code of conduct. NATURE, 575 (7783), 440-442. 10.1038/d41586-019-03534-z
  • Gaillard, J. C., Walters, V., Rickerby, M., & Shi, Y. (2019). Persistent Precarity and the Disaster of Everyday Life: Homeless People's Experiences of Natural and Other Hazards. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK SCIENCE, 10 (3), 332-342. 10.1007/s13753-019-00228-y
  • Gaillard, J. C. (2019). Disaster studies inside out. Disasters, 43 Suppl 1, S7-S17. 10.1111/disa.12323
  • Gaillard, J. C., Cadag, J. R. D., & Rampengan, M. M. F. (2019). People's capacities in facing hazards and disasters: an overview. NATURAL HAZARDS, 95 (3), 863-876. 10.1007/s11069-018-3519-1
  • Gaillard, J. C., van Niekerk, D., Shoroma, L. B., Coetzee, C., & Amirapu, T. (2019). Wildlife hazards and disaster risk reduction. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, 33, 55-63. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.09.009
  • Gaillard, J., Sanz, K., Balgos, B. C., Dalisay, S. N. M., Gorman-Murray, A., Smith, F., & Toelupe, V. (2017). Beyond men and women: A critical perspective on gender and disaster. Disasters, 41 (3), 429-447. 10.1111/disa.12209
  • Gaillard, J., Cadag, J. R., Gampell, A., Hore, K., Le De, 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., & 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

Contact details

Office hours

Any time when I'm around the university

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 5, Room 507
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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