Petra Buergelt, PhD, is a social scientist at Charles Darwin University. She is also a research fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University, NZ) and an international associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (Victoria University, NZ).
Petra uses qualitative research to gain a holistic and in-depth understanding of psychological and environmental factors and processes that facilitate human transformation and humans effectively adapting and even thriving in the face of risk, change, uncertainty and crisis. For over 15 years, she has been investigating the interaction of psychological and environmental (historical, natural/build, interpersonal, social, cultural, spiritual, economic, political) factors that influence risk reduction, preparedness and response for various natural hazards (bushfire, tsunami, earthquakes) and pandemics in Australia, USA and NZ. Petra also was the principal researcher for the $12.4 million project with six Australian Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia.
Petra has authored and co-authored over 50 books, chapters, peer-reviewed papers, state and federal government reports, and national and international conference presentations in disaster preparedness and risk management. Since 2066 she has served as an editorial board member of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. Petra has been awarded numerous national and international scholarships and fellowships.