Research Fellow, The University of Adelaide
About Scott Hanson-Easey
I have a research interest in how natural hazards (e.g., heatwaves, bushfires, flooding) risk communication operates, and how it could could be enhanced to better prepare lay publics for disasters and emergencies. In particular, my work explores how risk communication efforts could better address psychological, cultural, social, material, and discursive facets alive in our communities. I use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) paradigm to broker engagement and understanding between communities and government emergency management agencies, facilitating the co-development of risk messages. Employing a CBPR approach, I have worked with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Karen (former humanitarian refugees from Burma) community in Victoria to develop a film on fire bans and restrictions. I have a formal background in social psychology, and joined the School of Public Health in 2012 to manage a National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) funded project: Public understanding of climate change risk in South Australia. Before that, my PhD research focused on the discursive and rhetorical aspects of racism as it is produced on talkback radio and in political discourse. In addition to this research, I was Manager of NCCARF's Vulnerable Communities Adaptation Network (VCN), hosted by the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. The network strengthened Australia's research capacity in this vital area and augmented understanding of how climate change will impact on the nation's most vulnerable groups, and how these impacts could be mitigated. Before this, my research focused on the discursive aspects of race-talk in the Australian media and politics. I critically examined how Sudanese-Australians were being portrayed in political and lay talk on talkback radio. The mercurial nature of racism as manifested in discourse continues to interest me.