Katharine Haynes

Senior Research Fellow

Katharine Haynes

Katharine is a Senior Research Fellow at Risk Frontiers specialising in risk communication, community and youth-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

 With experience undertaking research with communities, emergency management practitioners, professionals and policymakers, Katherine has worked on a range of hazards and risks in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and Indonesia. She was called as an expert witness at the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, following the Black Saturday disaster.

 In 2015, Katherine was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) for the most important contributions in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for a scientist under the age of 40. She was also a runner up for the wider Asia-Pacific ASPIRE prize. 

She completed her PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, investigating the communication of risk on the volcanically active Caribbean island of Montserrat.