Petra Buergelt

Social Scientist, Charles Darwin University

Petra Buergelt

Social Scientist, Charles Darwin University

Biography

Petra Buergelt, PhD, is a social scientist at Charles Darwin University. She is also the Deputy Chair for the Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia, a research fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University, NZ) and an international associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (Victoria University, NZ).

Petra uses qualitative research to gain a holistic and in-depth understanding of psychological and contextual (historical, natural and build environment, cultural, social, spiritual, economic, technological, political) factors and processes that facilitate human transformation and humans effectively adapting and even thriving in the face of risk, change, uncertainty and crisis. For over 15 years, she has been investigating the interaction of psychological and contextual factors that influence risk reduction, preparedness and response for various natural hazards (bushfire, tsunami, earthquakes) and pandemics in Australia, USA and NZ. 

Petra also was the principal researcher for the $12.4 million project with six Australian Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia. Petra authored and co-authored over 50 books, chapters, peer-reviewed papers, state and federal government reports, and national and international conference presentations in disaster preparedness and risk management. Since 2006, she is serving as an editorial board member of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. Petra has been awarded numerous national and international scholarships and fellowships.

Presentation to be delivered:

Working Together with Remote Indigenous Communities to Facilitate Adapting to Using Energy Wisely: Barriers & Enablers
Housing and Overcrowding in Remote Indigenous Communities: Impacts & Solutions from a Holistic Perspective

All session by Petra Buergelt