When disaster strikes: under-insurance in an age of volatility There is a growing concern in Australia and internationally of the extensive social and economic costs of disasters, and with it an acknowledgement of our inadequate understanding of the role of insurance in disaster mitigation, preparation and recovery. Contents: Maps -- Between Three Fires -- The Gendered Dimensions of Wildfire -- Wildfire and Dilemmas of Everyday Life -- Wildfire, Resilience and Sense of Belonging -- Indigenous Fire Knowledge Retention : Spatial, Temporal, Gendered -- Engaging Women with Bushfire Safety Issues -- Toeing the Line or Breaking the Glass Ceiling -- Conclusion. Fire agencies advocate that residents write, practise and discuss these plans before the fire season. It builds on the growing body of work that presents firefighting as a gendered and spatially Eriksen, 2014. It does so through an examination of two regions where bushfires are common and disastrous: southeast Australia and the west coast United States. This paper examines gender differences in awareness, preparedness and attitudes towards bushfire amongst landholders in rural landscapes affected by amenity-led in-migration in southeast Australia.
Preparing well in advance of the wildfire season is seen as a fundamental behaviour that can both reduce community wildfire vulnerability and increase hazard resilience — it is an important element of adaptive capacity that allows people to coexist with the hazardous environment in which they live. Landholders were found to bring their own agency to bushfire preparedness in the relationships between everyday procedures, dilemmas, and tradeoffs. The ways in which individual characteristics, social identities and lived experiences shape interpretations of risk are explored by considering embodied uncertainty in four contexts: social identities and trauma, the co-production of knowledge, institutional structures and policy, and as long-term lived experiences. This project attempts to bridge this knowledge gap by examining perceptions of risk and insurance amongst residents both with and without direct personal experience of bushfires. It does so through an examination of two regions where wildfires are common and disastrous, and where how to deal with them is a major political issue: southeast Australia and the west coast United States. Series Title: Responsibility: by Christine Eriksen. The results are consistent with existing research on landscape preferences; residents tend to prefer relatively open woodland or forest landscapes with good visual and physical access but with elements that provoke their interest.
Women's and men's subjectivities are shaped by varying senses of inclusion, exclusion, engagement and disengagement with wildfire management. Three key pointers to more successful engage- ment emerge from the analysis: the benefits of hands-on experience and practice, the strength of networks and the imperative of supportive learning environments. Wildfire, Resilience and Sense of Belonging 5. For those of you who could not make the seminar, check out what you missed here! Analysis revealed that women more often wanted to leave than men, who more often wanted to stay and defend property against the bushfires. Such gendered practices are the focus of affirmative action and broader workplace policy concerns around the role of women and ethnic diversity within wildland firefighting and disaster management. What is also emerging in research across the world is that these social impacts and adaptations are highly gendered.
Conflict most often stemmed from men's reluctance to leave, and was most apparent where households had not adequately planned or discussed their intended responses. With this in mind, policy strategies are outlined that may assist long-term social sustainability in this region. The work-place and identity of the wildland firefighter is seemingly stabilised through the performance of a white, heterosexual firefighting masculinity. In , Dr Eriksen examines bushfire awareness and preparedness amongst women, men, households, communities and agencies at the interface between city and beyond. By bringing natural hazards into dialogue with social and cultural geography, I have gained international recognition in the field of disaster geographies. Christine follows women's and men's stories of surviving, fighting, evacuating, living and working with bushfire to reveal the intimate inner workings of bushfire response -- and especially the culturally and historically distinct gender relations that underpin bushfire resilience.
This paper discusses the shortcomings of bushfire survival plans and official risk communication, which do not cater well for household units that are divided or unattended when a bushfire starts. This book examines wildfire awareness and preparedness amongst women, men, households, communities and agencies at the interface between city and beyond. Distance education and enhanced educational access for non-metropolitan students represented such an obstacle at an Australian university. This focuses the spotlight on gender equity. Tragic wildfires and a predicted increase in high fire danger weather with climate change have triggered concern for the safety of such amenity-led migrants in wildfire-prone landscapes. One of the core messages conveyed by the enquiry was a concern about community complacency, particularly in the rural-urban interface, that previous and subsequent enquiries and research have also expressed.
Christine Eriksen is a Senior Lecturer with the Australian Centre of Culture, Environment, Society and Space at the University of Wollongong. Climate change predictions in places like the south-east of Australia and western United States suggest that wildfires may become more frequent and more intense with global climate change. This presentation will discuss how both women and men suffer from structural biases when it comes to gendered aspects of agencies that manage fire, and highlight the potential operational benefits of heightened awareness of unquestioned gender biases. Since then the program has evolved into multiple partnerships across Australia and North America with whom Christine has conducted interviews, focus groups, and surveys to directly engage with residents in at-risk areas, bushfire survivors, rural fire services, Indigenous fire stewards, firefighters and wildfire management. This article draws on several years of research on the Australian drought and more recent research on declining water availability in the Murray—Darling Basin of Australia.
In such areas, managing fuel loads in the proximity of houses is likely to reduce the risk of house loss and damage. She does so through an examination of two regions where wildfires are common and disastrous, and where how to deal with them is a major political issue: southeast Australia and the west coast United States. There is no doubt that changes are occurring across the world and that these changes are causing significant social hardship, including food and water insecurity and large-scale movements of people. Thank you, your email will be added to the mailing list once you click on the link in the confirmation email. Little is known about the factors that contribute to these rates of inadequate insurance cover. I use applied geography to teach about issues that are topical across multiple time frames and geographical scales.
The presence of women and ethnic minority groups on the fire-line both challenges and reinscribes gendered concepts and practices of the bodies of individuals-who-manage fire. Yet similar problems are encountered in applying the concept. I use applied geography to teach about issues that are topical across multiple time frames and geographical scales. Toeing the Line or Breaking the Glass Ceiling 8. The performance of a place-based firefighting masculinity trades on ageism, sexism and homophobia that dispute the worth of the bodies of women and other types of male firefighters e. Three dilemmas of everyday life in particular were found to underpin these attitudes: costs in terms of monetary and time values , gender roles, and priorities.
This leads to the reproduction of gender identities with clear ramifications for if, how and to what extent women and men prepare for wildfire. The narrative analysis unpacks the dual function of humour as an explanatory tool during interviews, and as an everyday practice to negotiate adversity within the patriarchal stronghold of wildland firefighting. A series of participatory research activities revealed the continuing importance of fire to rural livelihoods, but that a mismatch in desired burning regimes exists between local stakeholders. The Fire Centre Research Hub and the University of Tasmania are proud to present the the Fire Centre Seminar Series. Tragic wildfires and a predicted increase in high fire danger weather with climate change have triggered concern for the safety of such amenity-led migrants in wildfire-prone landscapes.
It follows women's and men's stories of surviving, fighting, evacuating, living and working with wildfire to reveal the intimate inner workings of wildfire response - and especially the culturally and historically distinct gender relations that underpin wildfire resilience. It has championed the benefits of gender awareness, equity and equality through a sustained, long-term research commitment that built trust and awareness. Bushfire survival plans are a valuable tool for residents living in fire-prone landscapes. This is the same as using the minus symbol. We evaluate the field trips by conducting surveys and interviews with students and tutors, and as an example of innovation within constraints. The E-mail message field is required.