Professor, College of Health and Human Sciences, Charles Darwin University
Douglas is Professor of Psychology at Charles Darwin University and Director of the Australasian Centre for RISC Research at CDU. He is a Research Fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, New Zealand, an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra, an Adjunct Professor in Science and Engineering at the University of Tasmania, a Senior Research Fellow at the Bandung Resilience Development Initiative in Bandung (Indonesia), and an Expert Advisor on Community Resilience with the World Health Organization. Douglas’ research focuses on developing and testing theories of adaptive and resilient capacity in communities and in emergency response organizations. His work adopts an all-hazards, cross cultural approach. Work is being undertaken in in Australia (wildfire, flooding, tsunami), New Zealand (earthquake, tsunami, volcanic hazards), Iran (earthquake), Somalia (flooding), Nepal (earthquake), Japan (earthquake, volcanic hazards), Indonesia (volcanic hazards), Taiwan (earthquake, typhoon), and Portugal (wildfire). He is working with the Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan to develop comprehensive models of long-term community disaster recovery and its links to future community capacity building. Current interests include developing transdisciplinary and transformative approaches to disaster risk reduction research and practice and exploring the links between disaster risk reduction and recovery and the visual and performing arts. He has published 23 books, 132 bookchapters and 182 peer-reviewed journal articles.