Kate van Wezel

Kate van Wezel
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PhD student
Primary research group: 
Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research
MSc (Conservation Biology), University of Queensland; BSc (Biology), Utrecht University


Kate is working on a Participatory Action Research project with the Waanyi and Garawa people of the south-western Gulf of Carpentaria. The aim of this project is to explore the potential for Waanyi and Garawa to achieve community goals through fire management. Their targets range from including the broader community and traditional practices in land management; to enabling natural resources-based livelihoods; to supporting their financial autonomy. A key expected outcome of the research is the identification of culturally appropriate governance arrangements surrounding fire management, and the potential role that women in particular could play within this.

This is a Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project (http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/resilient-people-infrastructure-and-institutions/1669) undertaken through CDU. It enjoys the supervision of Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith at the Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research (CDU), Dr. Seán Kerins at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (ANU), and A/Prof Sue Jackson at the Australian Rivers Institute (Griffith University). 

People I work with

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Andrew Edwards
Research Fellow, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research
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Rohan Fisher
Information technology for development researcher.
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Dr Peter Jacklyn
Co-ordinator Communications, Senior Research Fellow
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Cameron Yates
Team Leader DCBR
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Jay Evans
Research Assistant
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Dominique Lynch
Research Associate - Bush fire Research, Vegetation Mapping
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Jeremy Russell-Smith
Adjunct Research Fellow
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Kamaljit K. Sangha
Research Fellow (Ecological Economics)