Briony’s research is focussed on children and disasters and she has a special interest in school-based education for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University and an Honours Degree in Psychology (First Class) from the University of Tasmania. Her PhD at the University of Tasmania involved an in-depth socio-cultural study of children’s knowledge of wildfire risk in south eastern Australia.
Cartography and Visualisation
“I am interested in how people use maps and other information visualisations both in everyday life and to support their thinking about real-world spatial problems like finding clusters of disease or identifying economic improvement zones. I also apply geospatial analysis techniques in collaboration with historians to understand past events like the Vietnam War.”
Colin’s research has concentrated on the application of spatial information systems, including geographic information systems (GIS), to investigating the impact of tourism on nature-based tourist destinations as well as employing GIS into the visualisation and analysis of cultural data (in particular cinema studies). Colin’s research into the impact of tourism also addresses the issue of how to incorporate time into spatial information systems such as GIS.