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Lucinda Coates

Senior Research Scientist

Lucinda has a Master of Geoscience from Macquarie University and has worked in the natural hazards field for three decades. She specialises in risk reduction and climate change adaptation assessment, trends in natural hazard fatalities, vulnerability versus resilience, and evaluations of risk perception and risk communication. Highly experienced in data analysis, Lucinda has worked on projects for the emergency management sector and for government and private organisations.

Lucinda manages PerilAUS, Risk Frontiers’ comprehensive natural hazards database which includes impacts from flood, bushfire, heatwave, severe storm, tropical cyclone and other hazards to human health and the built environment.

Recent projects have included the use of coronial records to ascertain the socio-demographic and environmental circumstances and emerging vulnerabilities surrounding fatalities due to flood, heatwave, bushfire and residential fires. Lucinda spearheaded the group responsible for determining that heatwaves have killed as many people as have the combination of all other natural hazards in Australia. She has experience in conducting interviews and focus groups and in fieldwork aimed at increasing the understanding of and preparedness for natural hazards.

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