Cultural pathways to resilience: Indigenous responses to the impacts of climate change
A series of free public lectures in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Massey’s public lecture series offers you a closer look at a diverse range of fascinating topics of interest to the wider public, offering fresh perspectives and food for thought.
Global and local of Indigenous approaches to disaster management
How resilient are our communities as we face an increasing number of natural hazards resulting from climate change? Psychosocial, environmental and economic impacts of events such as the Kaikoura quakes, the Edgecumbe flood and the drought-induced Nelson/Tasman bush fire have had catastrophic consequences.
This talk draws on global and local examples to showcase how Indigenous approaches to disaster management underpinned by cultural values are effective in addressing communities’ immediate and longer-term needs.
About the speaker
Dr Christine Kenney, is a Māori sociologist and social science researcher in disaster governance, risk reduction, recovery and resilience at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. She has global expertise in implementing community-centred research with Indigenous peoples as well as policy projects with governments and local authorities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Christine also leads the Indigenous disaster research team at the IRDR Centre for Community Resilience, and her research focuses on identifying cultural factors that build community resilience to disasters; documenting Indigenous knowledges and practices that enhance community risk management and developing collaborative governance approaches to disaster management.