Confirmed Speakers

Conference Keynote FlyerKeynote

We are delighted to be hosting four international and national scholars on campus at UOW during November and December, 2017 encompassing the Transforming Vulnerability Conference on 30 November - 1 December, 2017.  

The McKinnon Walker Fellowship is made possible by the McKinnon Walker Trust, fostering innovation, supporting research excellence and inspiring extraordinary outcomes.

The keynote address will be given by inaugural McKinnon Walker Fellow: Prof Yoshitaka Iwasaki on Transforming vulnerable lives through meaning-making: Importance of leisure and recreation.

Download the flyer to the public keynote here.


McKinnon Walker Fellows

Yoshitaka IwasakiProf Yoshitaka Iwasaki

Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta

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Prof Nicola Ansell 150 by 200Prof Nicola Ansell

Professor in Human Geography
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
Welfare, Health & Wellbeing
Brunel University London
United Kingdom

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Prof Peter Bridgewater 150 by 200Prof Peter Bridgewater

Adjunct Professor
Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis
University of Canberra
ACT, Australia

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Dr Allan Rennie 150 by 200Dr Allan Rennie

Senior Lecturer Engineering
Faculty of Science & Technology
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

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Day 1 Speakers

Dr Stephen Hampton 150 by 200Dr Stephen Hampton

Executive Medical Director
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
Sydney, Australia  

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Prof Antoine van Oijen 150 by 200Prof Antoine van Oijen

Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow
School of Chemistry
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
University of Wollongong
NSW, Australia

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Prof Dawn Bessarab 150 by 200Prof Dawn Bessarab

Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH)
School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care
University of Western Australia
Perth, WA

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Prof Kathie Clapham 150 by 200Prof Kathleen Clapham

Professor Indigenous Health
Australian Health Services Research Institute
University of Wollongong

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Prof Sharon Robinson

Prof Sharon Robinson

Professor & Co-Director, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions 
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
NSW, Australia

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Day 2 Speakers

Dr Emma Calgaro 150 by 200Dr Emma Calgaro

Honorary Associate
Hazards Research Group
School of Geosciences 
University of Sydney
(Based in Bangkok)

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Dr Kat Haynes 150 by 200Dr Katharine Haynes

Senior Research Fellow
Bushfire and Natural Hazards
Risk Frontiers
East Melbourne
VIC, Australia

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Prof Trevor Hopper 150 by 200

Prof Terry Hopper

Emeritus Professor - Business and Management
Science Policy Research Unit
School of Business, Management and Economics
University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom

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Prof Kristina Gjerde 150 by 200Prof Kristina Gjerde

Adjunct Professor & High Seas Policy Advisor
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Prof Kristina Gjerde 

Prof Catherine Lovelock 150 by 200Prof Catherine Lovelock

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Queensland
QLD, Australia

Prof Catherine Lovelock


Prof Denny Oetomo 150 by 200Prof Denny Oetomo

Professor & Deputy Head (Academic)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne
VIC, Australia

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John Richardson

John Richardson

National Resilience Adviser
Emergency Services
Australian Red Cross
VIC, Australia

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Dr Briony Towers

Dr Briony Towers

Dr Briony Towers
Research Fellow in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction
Climate Change and Resilience Research Program
Centre for Urban Research
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

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