Active Researchers

Dr Girish Prayag

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Girish is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury.  His background is in tourism marketing and his research is related to place-based marketing and resilience in tourism. His work has appeared in leading international marketing and tourism journals such as Journal of Business Research, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research and Journal of Travel Research. Girish is currently editor of the Method and Practice section of the journal – Current Issues in Tourism.  He is also currently working on a co-authored book on ‘Tourism Resilience’ with Prof Michael Hall and Alberto Amore.

Dr Joanne R Stevenson

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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.  

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Dr Robert Kipp

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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.

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Dr Sandeeka Mannakkara

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Sandeeka completed a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland with a Kick-start City of Sails Scholarship and graduated with a first class honours in 2008.  She then joined Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner) as a graduate structural engineer in the buildings team for two years where she was involved in the design of multi-storey buildings. Over this time she developed a keen interest in pursuing a career focusing on humanitarianism, community development and risk reduction.

Sandeeka found the perfect opportunity to build on these interests by commencing a PhD study funded by the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship under the supervision of Professor Suzanne Wilkinson at the University of Auckland.  She became a member of the Resilient Organisations research team since the start of her PhD study in 2010.

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Dr Mehdi Shahbazpour

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Mehdi is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. He specialises in the areas of strategic innovation and has developed a comprehensive multi-view model of organisational factors impacting successful innovation. He is part of a team developing a similar model for the construction industry. Mehdi’s other areas of expertise and research interest include Sustainable Manufacturing, Sustainable Construction, Agile and Lean Production, Technology Management and New Product Development.

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