Dr George Carayannopoulos
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Dr George Carayannopoulos holds a PhD from Sydney University and is an affiliate member of the Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. His research areas include; public policy development, crisis management and interagency coordination. George has held a number of senior positions in the research development sector and has a background in policy development, analysis and evaluation. In recent years he has presented at a number of conferences including: the 2017 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference and the 2016 International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Conference. He has a forthcoming book Disaster Management in Australia which assesses the inputs behind ‘successful’ or ‘failed’ crisis responses and is interested in how his research can be leveraged in an applied context.

The leadership puzzle, unraveling crisis leadership

In a previous article for Asia Pacific Fire, I commented on the need for post-event learning that was nuanced and aimed at achieving long term change rather than satisfying the needs of the 24 hour news cycle. This was in…

Beyond the politics and blame: Evaluating crisis responses

Crisis events are high consequence and hold significant stakes for all involved. For residents and those who are in the path of a fire, cyclone or flooding decisions made in the lead up and during an event can have life…

Understanding the drivers for successful disaster response across government

Australia similar to many countries in the Asia-Pacific experiences a regular cycle of natural disaster preparation, response and recovery. Over the past decade there have been a series of key events; the 2009 Victorian bushfires, 2011 Queensland floods and 2017’s…

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