About the researchers

Colette Mortreux

Colette Mortreux is currently completing her PhD in Geography at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines how households are acting to prepare for bushfire in Melbourne’s urban-rural interface, what might be preventing households from doing more to prepare for bushfire, and what this suggests about household adaptation to bushfire in the long term.

She has been involved in other research projects, including research into coastal flooding in Gippsland, and migration and climate change in Tuvalu. She has published in Global Environmental Change, and has co-authored a report commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Professor Jon Barnett

Jon is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human security, hunger, conflict, and water stress. He has been conducting research on the social and institutional dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change since 2000.

He is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Executive Editor of the adaptation domain of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, and is on the editorial board of Global Environmental Change.

Dr Saffron O’Neill

Saffron is a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. She recently completed research commissioned by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission to examine the effectiveness of the ‘Stay or Go’ policy and how this policy played out on the day of the Black Saturday fires.

Dr O’Neill conducts interdisciplinary research investigating the emotional, cognitive and behavioural components of risk perception, risk communication and public engagement with climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has expertise in mixed methodology studies, combining quantitative methods such as surveys or GIS with qualitative interview or focus group methods.