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Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt

Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre with the Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges Council Cluster

Susan completed a PhD from the Australian National University in 2021 and since then she has worked as a researcher and recently commenced a role with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. Prior to this she worked in the Australian Public Service (APS) for nearly two decades.  This followed her earlier career as a general and mental health nurse in clinical settings and in community health and health education in the Hunter region of NSW.   

Her roles in the APS included managing the Australian and New Zealand Emergency Management Committee secretariat overseeing implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience; developing national disaster recovery policy to support Queensland and Victorian reconstruction following the severe flooding events and Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2010-11; monitoring and reporting to government on emerging disasters and developing and coordinating national disaster preparedness and recovery assistance programs; pandemic planning and health emergency policy and response in the Office of Health Protection; and managing the then, National Suicide Prevention Strategy in the Mental Health Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Health.  

Susan’s academic publications have included: 

Hunt, S. 2020. ‘Implementing disaster resilience in the Australian Federation’ Thesis for degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, awarded 21 December 2021. 

Hunt, S. & Eburn, M. 2018. ‘How Can Business Share Responsibility for Disaster Resilience?’ Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77, 482-491. 

Hunt, S. 2017. ‘Implementing policy to enable disaster resilience in the Australian Federation’. Conference Paper, Australasian Fire and Emergencies Services Authorities Council (AFAC) Annual Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia. 

Hunt, S. 2016. ‘Building adaptive capacities for disaster resilience: what role for government?’ Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31, 31-36. 

Hunt, S. 2015. ‘Crisis and the Constitution’, audiovisual material prepared for a public seminar, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. 

Hunt, S. 2005. ‘Whole of Government: Does Working Together work? ‘Australian National University Occasional Paper Series.