Lessons from disasters? Looking for a new way to learn

Date & time

8–9.30pm Wednesday 17 May 2017


Emergency Planning College

The Hawkhills, Easingwold, York, YO61 3EG, UK


Dr Michael Eburn, ANU College of Law


Presented by Emergency Planning College Resilience

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This presentation will report on research undertaken on post disaster enquiries in Australia. It will identify failings in traditional processes adopted by coronial inquests and Royal Commissions and asks "is there a better way?" Alternative inquiry models are called considered and it will be argued that adopting restorative practices may open the way to more effective learning as well as healing communities damaged by the impact of disaster.


  • Dr Michael Eburn »

    Dr Michael Eburn is a barrister and Associate Professor at the Australian National University's College of Law.  He has written numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on the law and the emergency services and emergency management.  He is the chief investigator on an Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre funded project investigating Policies, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards. Dr Eburn is currently in the UK as a visiting scholar at the Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University.

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