Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader - Emergency and Disaster Management
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7499
AUT University (Room MB216)
640 Great South Road
South Campus (Mail Code M2)
Private Bag 92006
PhD (UoA, New Zealand), MsSc(UoA, New Zealand), PigDipSci (UoA, New Zealand), MsBMgt (UoP, France)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Centre for Pacific Health and Development Research
The New Zealand Geographical Society
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)
DevNet: Development Network. Aotearoa New Zealand international development studies network
Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research
France Aotearoa Science, Technology and !nnovation (FAST!) Incorporated
UMR GRED (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier – IRD)
Disaster Prevention and Management journal
International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies;
UNISDR Global Assessment Report 2019.
My work focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency management. I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. From 2011 and 2015 I worked as Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland where I taught disaster-related courses. I then worked for Oxfam New Zealand as Humanitarian Coordinator in Tonga where I worked closely with different ministries, local and international NGOs. I joined AUT in 2016 as lecturer and became programme leader of Emergency and Disaster Management in 2017. I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate papers with a focus on disaster risk reduction, resilience building and emergency management. I have a particular interest on the Pacific region and participated in / led about 10 projects in New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Caledonia.
My teaching area includes disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management. I currently teach the following papers:
- EMGT804: Building resilient communities (paper leader)
- EMGT601: Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (paper leader)
- PUBH803: Global Health (guest lecturer)
- EMGT806: Emergency Risk Communication (guest lecturer)
Master and PhD supervision
- ‘Ethnic minority women and disaster risk reduction’ by Nguyen Thi Chung, PhD candidate. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Disaster Risk Reduction in a Multi-cultural society – Engaging New Zealand’s South Asian Migrants’ by Vineeta Rao, PhD candidate. Secondary supervisor.
- ‘Networks of Recovery: Post-disaster recovery after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines’ by Yvonne Su. PhD candidate, Guelph University, Canada. External advisor.
- ‘Child participation in disaster risk reduction: exploring the use of participatory mapping with LEGO in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’ by Nickola Yvette Loodin. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Enhancing evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency: readiness in emergency management for evacuees with limited mobility’ by Bernard Fang. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- ‘Viable and sustainable community-based disaster risk reduction: exploring Community Disaster and Climate Change Committees in Vanuatu’ by Jackie Bubb. Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor.
- 2018: ‘Investigating the role and contribution of voluntary- based emergency response groups in disaster management: Indonesia as a case study’ by Ihsan Nasir. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2017: ‘The UN Cluster Approach: Improving coordination among agencies in humanitarian response using the case of the Philippine National Response Cluster best practices’ by Mikael Raffael Tence Abaya. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘The role of religious beliefs and practices in disaster: The case study of 2009 earthquake in Padang City’ by Gianisa Adisaputri. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘Emergency Risk Communication in Thailand: a critical analysis’ by Sutiwa Pincharoen. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘Assessing how small island communities prepare for tsunami: a case study of Phi Phi Island, Thailand’ by Arissara Poompoe. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: ‘Understanding the resilience of small and medium-scale enterprises to flood risk in Ayutthaya, Thailand’ by Boonyarit Saengnakhon. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
- 2016: Understanding the role of spontaneous volunteers in disaster: The case study of the World Trade Centre on 9/11 by Helen Perrie White. Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor.
Emergency and disaster management, disaster risk reduction, migration studies, participation and participatory tools for disaster risk reduction, post-disaster recovery, and sustainable development.
My research is driven by the gaps in policy and practice I see through my on-going engagement in disaster risk reduction and disaster management activities in collaboration with local communities, government authorities and non-governmental organisations. Over the years, my research has focused on bridging the knowledge and actions gaps between local communities and external aid agencies: this is indispensable to achieve sustainable disaster risk reduction and effective disaster management. I have been involved in different research projects that focused on migration and remittances in disaster, developing participatory tools (e.g. participatory numbers, participatory mapping etc.) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), prisons and disaster, post-disaster assessment and recovery, livelihoods assessment, merging policies geared towards climate change adaptation and DRR, emerging technologies and DRR, children and disaster, and migrants and DRR.
Current Research Projects:
- ‘Engaging South Asians and Chinese migrants in disaster risk reduction in New Zealand’. Funded by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC).
- ‘Participation and technology in citizen science for strengthening resilience to natural hazards (P-TECH in CITSCI)’. Project done in collaboration with the University of Auckland, East Coast Lab and CDEM group in Hawke’s Bay. Funded by New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
- ‘Yumi Stanap Strong Tugeta: Towards Community Owned Disaster Risk Management’. Project done in collaboration with World Vision and the University of Auckland. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
- ‘TC Pam in Vanuatu: impacts assessment and implications for sustainable recovery’. Project done in collaboration with French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the UMR GRED and the French Red Cross. Funded by the IRD
- Le Dé L., Loodin N., Gampell A., Hinchliffe G. and Gaillard J.C (2018)Using Minecraft and LEGO for disaster risk reduction. Crisis Response Journal 14(1):74-75.
- Pairama J. and Le Dé L. (2018) Remittances for disaster risk management: perspectives from Tongan and Samoan migrants in New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 9(3): 331–343.
- Le Dé L., Rey T., Leone F., and David G. (2018) Sustainable livelihood and effectiveness of disaster responses: TC Pam in Vanuatu as case study. Natural Hazards, 91:1203–1221
- Adisaputri G. and Le Dé L. (2018) The role of religious beliefs and practices in disaster: The case study of 2009 earthquake in Padang city, Indonesia. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 27 Issue: 1, pp.74-86, https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-10-2017-0238
- Rey T., Le Dé L., Leone F., David G. (2017) Leçons tirées du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu (Mélanésie) : aléas côtiers, crues éclairs et dommages, Géomorphologie: relief, processus, environnement [Online], Articles sous presse, Online since 16 November 2017. URL : http://geomorphologie.revues.org/11842
- Rey T., Le Dé L., Leone F., and David G. (2017) An integrative approach to understand vulnerability and resilience post-disaster: the 2015 cyclone Pam in urban Vanuatu as case study, Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 26(3): 259-275.
- Le Dé L. and Gaillard J.C. (2017) Disaster risk reduction and emergency management in prison: a scoping study from New Zealand. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 25(4):376–381.
- Knight J, Gaillard JC, Le Dé L., Calderon C. (2016) Pathways and challenges towards integration and implementation of DRR and CCA in Tonga. Oxfam Publication. http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/51376
- Gaillard JC, Cadag J.R.D., Hore K., Gambpell A., Le Dé L., McSherry A. (2016) Participatory numbers for integrating knowledge and actions in development. Development in Practice 26 (8) 998 – 1012
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. (2015) Poverty and disasters: Do remittances reproduce vulnerability? Journal of Development Studies, 51(5).
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W., Pupualii M., Brown C., Aupito M. (2015) Our family comes first: migrants’ perspectives on remittances in disaster. Migration and Development 1-19.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. (2015) Using participatory tools to assess remittances in disaster. Humanitarian Exchange Number 65 November 2015.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. (2015) Remittances and disaster: Policy implications for disaster risk management. International Migration Journal, International Organization for Migration (IOM). http://www.environmentalmigration.iom.int/policy-briefs
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. (2014) Academics doing participatory disaster research: how participatory is it? Environmental Hazards, 14 (1), 1-15.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. F. Matautia Smith (2014) Remittances in the face of disaster: a case study of rural Samoa. Environment, Development and Sustainability: 1-20.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J. C., & Friesen, W. (2013) Remittances and disaster: A review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction: 4, 34-43.
- Le Dé L. and Shrestha S. (2018) Post-disaster recovery: Pathways for fostering risk reduction. In Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management (in press), ed. R. Gephart, C. Chet Miller, K. Svedberg Helgesson, Routledge: London and New York.
- Le Dé L. (2017) Connecting knowledge and policy for disaster risk reduction including climate change adaptation. In Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation (pp274-285), ed. I. Kelman, J. Mercer and JC Gaillard, Routledge: London and New York.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J. C., & Friesen, W. (2015) Remittances and disaster: A review. In J. Connell and R. Brown (Eds), Chapter 12, Migration and Remittances. The International Library of Studies on Migration.
Conferences and presentations
- Le Dé L., Nickola Loodin, Anthony Gampell, Graham Hinchliffe, JC Gaillard,Jae Sutherland andKate Boersen (2018) Fostering children participation for DRR using Minecraft and LEGO. National Emergency Management Conference: Partners for Resilience. Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. 30-31 May 2018.
- Le Dé L. (2018) Engaging local communities in participatory disaster research: challenges and opportunities. Disastrous doctoral conference. Auckland, New Zealand. 7-9 February 2018.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W., Aupito A., Brown C., Pupualii M., Smith F. (2015) Remittances and disaster: a case study of Samoa. The National Environment Water and Sanitation Forum. Apia, Samoa. 6th November 2015.
- Le Dé L. (2015) Guest speaker and panellist for the United Nations (UN) Youth Auckland Case Competition: "From Disaster Recovery to Sustainable Development" hosted at the University of Auckland. 1st August 2015.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W., Aupito A., Brown C., Pupualii M., Smith F. (2015) Remittances and disaster: Insights from Samoa. The United Nations (UN) World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Sendai, Japan. 14-18 March 2015.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W., Aupito A., Brown C., Pupualii M., Smith F. (2015) Remittances and disasters: Samoa as a case study. Emergency in Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood (EFSVL) workshop, Oxfam New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand. 22-23 January 2015.
- Chmutina, K and Le Dé L., (2018) Disaster Risk Reduction is child’s play (workshop). 8th International conference on building resilience. Risk and resilience in practice: vulnerabilities, displaced people, local communities and heritages. The University of Coimbra and the University of Huddersfield, in association with the United Nations Offices for Disaster Risk Reduction. Lisbon, Portugal. 16th November 2018.
- Loodin N., Le Dé L., Gampell A., Gaillard JC., Hinchliffe G., Sutherland J. and Boersen K. (2018) Fostering child participation in DRR using LEGO. Integrated Disaster Risk Management [IDRiM] 2018. The John Niland Scientia Building at Kensington Campus of the University of New South Wales Sydney. 2 October 2018.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard JC, McSherryA., GampellA. and AmirapuT. (2018) Practicing what we preach: bringing participatory approaches and tools in classrooms (workshop). CAPHIA 2018 New Zealand public health teaching and learning forum. The Mana Hauora Building at the South Campus of the Auckland University of Technology. 17 April 2018.
- Le Dé L. (2017)Remittances in the face of disaster: Samoa and New Zealand as case study. Public Health and Psychosocial Studies South - Lunch time seminar series. Auckland University of Technology. 18 October 2017.
- Le Dé L. (2016) Participatory numbers to assess remittances in disaster: Samoa and New Zealand as case study. Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network 9th Biennial Conference 2016: ‘Pacific Currents, Global Tides’. Wellington, New Zealand. 5-7 December 2016.
- Rey T., Le Dé L., Leone F., Gilbert D. (2016) Impacts of category 5 Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Littoral 2016: The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change. Biarritz, France. 25-29 October 2016
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W., Aupito A., Brown C., Pupualii M., Smith F. (2016) Remittances in the face of disaster: Samoa and New Zealand as case study. 6th International Conference on Building Resilience. Auckland, New Zealand. 7-9 September 2016.
- Gaillard J.C., Cadag J.R.D., Hore K., Le Dé L., McSherry A. (2015) Who counts in disaster risk reduction? Reflections on the use of participatory numbers. United Nations (UN) World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Sendai, Japan. 14-18 March 2015.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard JC and Friesen W. (2014) Remittances and disasters: senders’ perspectives. 7th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference. Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand. 23-24 September 2014.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C., Friesen W. (2014) Poverty and disasters: do remittances reproduce vulnerability? 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference 2014 held at the University of Indonesia. Understanding the Pacific Rim: Dynamics, Challenges and Opportunities. Universitas Indonesia, Depok City, Indonesia. 18-24 August 2014.
- Hore K., Le Dé L., Gaillard J.C. (2014) Who really counts? Participatory numbers in disaster risk reduction. University of Auckland, School of Environment – Research Seminar Series. 22 May 2014.
- Gaillard J.C., Cadag J.R.D., Hore K., Le Dé L., Mercer J., (2014) Bridging gaps in disaster risk reduction using participatory numbers. College of Social Work and Community Development Lecture Series on Disasters and Disaster Risk Reduction, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. 17 January 2014.
- Gaillard J.C., Cadag J.R.D., Mercer J., Hore K., Le Dé L. (2013) De l'intéret de la cartographie participative pour intégrer différentes formes de connaissances et d'actions à la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Les Mardis du GRED, UMR GRED, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France. 10 December 2013.
- Hore K., Cadag J.R.D, Gaillard J.C., Le Dé L., McSherry, A. (2013) Who really counts? Participatory numbers in disaster risk reduction. Presented at International workshop: Linking sustainable development, global migration, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 2-4 December 2013.
- Le Dé L., Gaillard JC, Friesen W., Matautia Smith F. (2013) Remittances in the face of disasters: a case study of rural Samoa. Presented at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, hosted by Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, 24-27 October 2013.