Dr JC Gaillard

PhD (Doctorat) in Geography, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France (2001) / MSc in Geography (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France (1997) / PGDipSc in Geography (Maîtrise), Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France (1996) / BSc (Licence) in Geography, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France (1996)

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Associate Professor


Professional background

  • Since February 2013: Associate Professor, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Since September 2016: Associate Dean (Postgraduate Taught and Masters), Faculty of Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Since March 2015: Honorary Research Associate, School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Since July 2010: Permanent Member, UMR Gouvernance, Risque, Environnement et Développement (GRED), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
  • January 2017: Visiting Professor, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France
  • July-October 2013: Visiting Researcher, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social, Mexico
  • July 2010-January 2013: Senior Lecturer, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • June 2009-May 2010: Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • June-October 2009: Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • June-October 2008: Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • February 2005-June 2010: Maître de Conférences, UFR de Géographie, Université de Grenoble, France
  • February 2005-June 2010: Permanent Member, UMR Politiques publiques, Action politique, Territoires (PACTE), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • February 2005-June 2010: Associate Member, Equipe d’Accueil Gestion des Sociétés, des Territoires et des Risques (GESTER), Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III, France
  • November 2002-January 2005: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • June-November 2002: Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman

Participatory mapping and community-based disaster risk reduction training for NGOs and other Civil Society Organisations

  • New Zealand: Council for International Development
  • Philippines: DRRNetPhils, Center for Disaster Preparedness, Ecoweb, Integrated Rural Development Foundation, People’s Development Institute, Buklod Tao, Concern, Igorota Foundation, Yaman
  • Cambodia: DPA
  • Nepal: Koshi Victims Society, Leaders Nepal
  • France: Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement, Pôle Grenoblois d’Etude et de Recherche pour la Prévention des Risques Naturels.

Participatory mapping and community-based disaster risk reduction training for communities and local governments

  • Philippines: Borongan (Eastern Samar), Dagupan (Pangasinan), Masantol (Pampanga), Irosin (Sorsogon), Josefina (Zamboanga del Sur), La Carlota City (Negros Occidental), San Mateo (Rizal), Tublay (Benguet), La Trinidad (Benguet), Talalora (Samar), Baybay (Leyte) and Mercedes (Camarines Norte)
  • Cambodia: Gati (Mondulkiri)
  • Nepal: Odraha (Saptari)
  • France: Bourg Saint-Maurice (Savoie), Névache (Hautes Alpes)
  • New Zealand: Hastings (Hawke’s Bay), Franz Josef (West Coast)

Research | Current

On-going projects

  • 2016-2018: Exploring long-term disaster recovery trajectories in New Zealand – Project funded by the Earthquake Commission, New Zealand.
  • 2016-2017: Human adaptation and climate change in the past in the Philippines – Project funded by the University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • 2015-2017: Integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies in the Pacific – Project funded by Oxfam New Zealand and The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2015-2019: Long-term resilience of Franz Josef: A community-based approach – Project funded by the National Science Challenge: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), New Zealand
  • 2016-2019: Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands – Project funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • 2015-2017: Disaster Risk Management: Policy and Practice in North Maluku, Indonesia – Project funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Teaching | Current

Undergraduate course

GEOG325 – The Human Dimension of Disasters

This 15-point course provides an overview of the human dimension of disasters. It covers crucial concepts and theories, vulnerability and the causes of disasters, people’s capacities and response to disasters, disaster risk reduction and management and post-disaster recovery. The course also emphasises the policy and practical outcomes of theoretical debates. Discussions draw upon examples and case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and marginalised areas and communities. This course is based around lectures and participatory activities which actively involve the students in the learning process. Tutorials provide additional insights through film showing and practical activities such as role games. Furthermore case studies will be used often to illustrate theoretical and methodological discussions. A treasure hunt throughout Auckland provides the students with a first-hand experience in dealing with potential disasters and associated social issues.

GEOG325 consists of one 2h and one 1h lectures a week and seven compulsory 1h tutorials during the semester. In addition, it includes one 2h class on the beach and one half-day field activity (final stage of the treasure hunt) on two different Saturdays.

Further details available from: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog325-the-human-dimension-of-disasters/

Postgraduate course

GEOG725 – People, Participation and Development

This course provides a critical overview of issues associated with people’s participation in development in their geographical context, including processes and outcomes, accountability, empowerment and transformation. It uses examples associated with livelihood strengthening, resource management, health and sanitation, education and disaster risk reduction. The course provides the students with theoretical knowledge but also practical skills through the use in class of participatory tools as both contents and teaching aids. Discussions rely upon concrete case studies from throughout the world with a particular focus on marginalised places.

GEOG725 consists in one 2h lecture every week of the first semester.

Further details available from: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog725-people-participation-and-development/

Contributions to the following courses

EARTHSCI105 – Natural Hazards in New Zealand: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog105/

GEOG205 – Environment and Society: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog205/

GEOG315 – Research Design and Methods in Human Geography: http://environment.wordpress.fos.auckland.ac.nz/geog315/

GEOG701 – Research in Practice

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

  • Katherine Hore (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: People’s participation in disaster risk reduction
  • Anthony Gampell (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Video games and disasters
  • Steve Ronoh (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Children with disabilities and disaster in NZ
  • Sushma Shrestha (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Post-neglected disaster recovery in Nepal
  • Alia Fajarwati (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Gender and disaster beyond the women-men binary
  • Khanh Ton (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Mental disabilities and disaster risk reduction
  • Josefina Ocampo (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: People’s participation in forest protection and rehabilitation in the Philippines
  • Marjorie Balay-As (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Co-supervisor: Disasters through an indigenous lens in the Philippines
  • Rio Yonson (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ) – Secondary supervisor: Disaster risk indexes in the Philippines
  • Alistair Davies (University of Canterbury, NZ) – Associate supervisor: Assessment of multi-hazard impacts on regional infrastructure and consequent implications for isolated communities
  • Mayeda Rashid (Central Queensland University, Aus) – Associate supervisor: Child-based disaster risk reduction

Current MSc/MA students

  • Sarah Najmilah (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: TBA
  • Tanay Amirapu (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: TBA
  • Joyce Sy (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Co-supervisor: Social workers in disaster risk reduction in the Philippines
  • Ryan Christopher P. Viado (University of the Philippines Diliman) – Co-supervisor: Gaps and constraints in the implementation of the Philippines’ disaster risk reduction and management system

Current BSc/BA Honours

  • Jenny Knight (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies in the Pacific
  • Xavier Forsman (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Kaupapa Maori in disaster research
  • Joshua Hawkins (The University of Auckland, NZ) – Supervisor: Integration of scientific and local knowledge in disaster risk reduction


Advisory roles

Areas of expertise

Topical research interest

  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Participatory tools for DRR
  • Marginalisation and DRR with focus on ethnicity, gender minorities, children, prisoners and homeless people
  • Small and neglected disasters
  • Livelihood assessment and strengthening in DRR
  • Post-disaster resettlement

Regions of interest

  • Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal
  • Pacific: Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, New Zealand
  • Latin America: Mexico

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Organisation membership

  • New Zealand Geographical Society; Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network; Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction; Philippine Geographical Society; Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas, Inc. (Society of Philippine Archaeologists); Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Alpine (France); Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (Philippines); Association Française pour la Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est (France); Katipúnan da ríng Talasalíksik at Talatúrung Kapampángan (Philippines); Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Training and Learning Circle – Philippines; Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines; International Humanitarian Studies Association; Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction; Center for Disaster Preparedness (Philippines)

Editor of Disaster Prevention and Management: www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/dpm

Member of the board of referees of the following journals

  • Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Policy, Studies and Management; Environmental Hazards; Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; Journal of Alpine Research; Social Science Diliman; Philippine Geographical Journal; Alaya: Kapampangan Research Journal; International Federation of Social Science Organizations Journal; Tarlac State University Research Journal

Peer reviewing

  • Journals: Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Policy, Studies and Management; Natural Hazards; Environmental Hazards; International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; Global Environmental Change; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; International Journal of Emergency Management; Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; Natural Hazards Review; PLOS Currents: Disasters; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research; Journal of Applied Volcanology; Climate and Development; Progress in Human Geography; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Environment and Planning A; Area; Applied Geography; The Geographical Journal; Geoforum; Social and Cultural Geography; Urban Geography; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Asia Pacific Viewpoint; New Zealand Geographer; Journal of Historical Geography; Journal of Health and Place; ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; Journal of Geography; Journal of Transport Geography; Geography Compass; Journal of Alpine Research; Journal of Mountain Science; Danish Journal of Geography; Habitat International; Mountain Research and Development; Global Policy; Journal of International Development; Development in Practice; Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; Environmental Development; International Journal of Sustainable Development; Journal of Coastal Management; Journal of Historical Sociology; Journal of Poverty; Health and Social Care in the Community; Health Education Research; Tourism Management; Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development; The Contemporary Pacific; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; Global Change, Peace and Security; Global Policy; African Journal of Agricultural Research; Journal of African Earth Sciences; Canadian Journal of Development Studies; Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability; Social Compass; Cooperation and Conflict; Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture; The Social Science Journal; Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online; Mai Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship; Philippine Studies; Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies; Social Science Diliman; Philippine Population Review; Revue Tiers Monde; L’espace politique, Développement Durable et Territoires; Studi Emigrazione
  • Books: Springer, Routledge, CRC Press, The Geological Society, L’Harmattan, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal
  • Projects and reports: World Vision; ProVention Consortium; Gender and Disaster Network; Overseas Development Institute – Humanitarian Policy Group (UK); European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme – Theme 6: Environment (including Climate Change); Fond National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique / Schweizerische Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / Conseil de Recherches en Sciences Humaines du Canada; Austrian Science Fund / (FWF); National Science Foundation (USA); National Research Foundation (South Africa); Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction; Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France); Mairie de Paris (France); University of the Philippines Diliman; Embassy of France in Wellington; Economic and Social Research Council (UK); Natural Environment Research Council (UK); National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand); UNESCO; AXA/European Science Foundation; DANIDA (Denmark); The World Bank; International Panel on Climate Change
  • Universities: Macquarie University (Australia); The University of Melbourne (Australia); James Cook University (Australia); Charles Stuart University (Australia); The University of Waikato (New Zealand); University of Otago (New Zealand); University of Canterbury (New Zealand); Massey University (New Zealand), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Institute of Development Studies (UK); University of Cape Town (South Africa); North-West University (South Africa); University of the Philippines Diliman; Texas A&M University (USA); Pondicherry University (India); Université de Lausanne (Switzerland); Université de Grenoble (France); Université de Savoie (France); Université de Montpellier III (France); Université Paris I (France); Université Paris VII (France)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gaillard, J., Sanz, K., Balgos, B. C., Dalisay, S. N. M., Gorman-Murray, A., Smith, F., & Toelupe, V. (2017). Beyond men and women: A critical perspective on gender and disaster. Disasters, 41 (3), 429-447. 10.1111/disa.12209
  • Gaillard, J., Cadag, J. R., Gampell, A., Hore, K., Le De, L., & McSherry, A. (2016). Participatory numbers for integrating knowledge and actions in development. Development in Practice, 26 (8), 998-1012. 10.1080/09614524.2016.1226263
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony Gampell
  • Gaillard, J. C., & Gomez, C. (2015). Post-disaster research: Is there gold worth the rush?. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 7 (1)10.4102/jamba.v7i1.120
  • Wisner, B., Gaillard, J., & Kelman, I. (Eds.) (2015). Disaster Risk. London: Routledge. Pages: 1627. Related URL.
  • Gaillard, J. (2015). People's Response to Disasters in the Philippines: Vulnerability, Capacities and Resilience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 216.
  • Gaillard, J. C., & McSherry, A. (2014). Revisiting Geography Field Trips: A Treasure Hunt Experience. Journal of Geography, 113 (4), 171-178. 10.1080/00221341.2013.847114
  • Gaillard, J. C., & Mercer, J. (2013). From knowledge to action: Bridging gaps in disaster risk reduction. Progress in Human Geography, 37 (1), 93-114. 10.1177/0309132512446717
  • Wisner, B., Gaillard, J., & Kelman, I. (2011). The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction. London: Routledge. Pages: 904.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/19073

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Any time when I'm around the university

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 5, Room 507
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