The research group represents a synthesis of engineering disciplines and business leadership aimed at transforming NZ organisations into those that both survive major events and thrive in the aftermath.
Dr Erica Seville is Co-Leader of the Resilient Organisations community and Director of ResOrgs Ltd.
Resilient Organisations has been researching what makes organisations resilient in the face of major crises, since 2004. Erica has authored over 100 research articles and is regularly invited to speak on the topic of resilience. She is the only non-Australian member to sit on the Resilience Expert Advisory Group, providing advice and support to the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Committee of the Australian Federal Government.
Ph: +64 21 442 091
Dr John Vargo is Co-Leader of the Resilient Organisations community and Director of ResOrgs Ltd.
His interests focus on the building organisational resilience in the face of systemic insecurity in a complex and interconnected world.
Charlotte is a Senior Research Consultant with Resilient Organisations Ltd.
Charlotte has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours (2002) from the University of Canterbury. After 5 years as an environmental and civil engineering consultant, Charlotte embarked on a PhD. Her thesis, completed in 2012, was titled “Disaster Waste Management: a systems approach”.
Joanne is a Senior Research Consultant with Resilient Organisations Ltd and an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury.
Joanne is a social systems researcher, whose work explores vulnerability, recovery, and resilience of social-ecological and socio-economic systems; organisation and social network theory; and the role of place and space in organisational decision-making and outcomes.
Tracy is a Senior Research Consultant with Resilient Organisations Ltd.
After working in industry, both in New Zealand and England, Tracy returned to the University of Canterbury in 2009, completing an MBA with Distinction in 2011 and a PhD in 2015. Tracy’s PhD examined the recovery of organisations from the Canterbury earthquakes focusing on collaboration as an aid to recovery. Her abstract and full thesis are available from our website, Collaborative Approaches to the Post-Disaster Recovery of Organisations.
Tracy’s research and consulting interests focus on organisational resilience with an emphasis on translating high quality research to actionable advice for organisations.
Bob joined Resilient Organisations Ltd as a postdoctoral researcher for the QuakeCoRE project in 2016.
As an undergraduate he majored in economics and took a particular interest in development and international economics. His research career began in 2006 when he started a Master’s degree in Japan on international development and community disaster recovery. During his Masters he conducted fieldwork in Thailand to gather data from international and local NGOs working on recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Finding that the “build back better” principle was often cited but rarely actualised piqued his interest to undertake more research into disaster recovery. After graduation Bob was hired as an associate-level researcher at a research institute in Japan. In this role he carried out research on regional environmental issues in Asia-Pacific and coordinated capacity development projects. After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster he contributed to research and outreach activities related to the Tohoku disaster which culminated with a side session at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
Ph:+64 9 373 7599 Ext. 88184
Dr Suzanne Wilkinson is a Professor in Construction Management at the University of Auckland. Her research interests focus on disaster recovery and reconstruction, construction contract administration and relationship management for construction projects.
Suzanne has a PhD in Construction Management and a Bachelors (Hons) in Civil Engineering.
Suzanne works on the management of the construction industry in disaster environments. She has extensive research experience in disaster management, disaster recovery, and disaster reconstruction and is currently working on Government (BRANZ, EQC, MBIE) funded projects on the recovery of Christchurch. Suzanne leads the Bush Fire Recovery project - a longitudinal study of the recovery and reconstruction following the 2009 Australian bush fires. She is also the the founder and leader of the Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction.
Alice got her Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering Management in 2004 and then was recommended by her University (Central South University) to pursue Mater degree in Management Science and Engineering with entrance examination and fee exempted. In 2007, she was awarded First Honor Master Degree and successfully obtained Joint Scholarship for PhD study from Chinese Government and The University of Auckland. Since her second year of college study, Alice has been involved in a wide range of research projects nationally and locally in project management and construction management.
Under the 'Resilient Organisations' Research Programme, her doctoral research at the University of Auckland focused on resource availability for post-disaster reconstruction, providing a cross-comparison analysis of resourcing approaches applied in Indonesia, China and Australia during their recovery from catastrophic disasters. Now Alice is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland. She is concentrating on the resourcing in project management for Christchurch reconstruction following its devastating earthquakes.