Kate has worked as an applied researcher, project manager and practioner in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) within the UK, New Zealand and for International Development. Most recently she was a Hazard and Risk Engineer at the National Water and Atmospheric Research Institute (NIWA) New Zealand. There she co-managed a national risk tools project and led an international development project on adapting risk assessment tools for the Pacific Island Countries. Previously Kate worked as a DRR Adviser for CAFOD, and completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth examining cultural vulnerability and post-doctoral research at Oxford University on flood science knowledge exchange.
Her research interests cover a range of DRR and CCA topics including risk assessment methods and tools for decision makers; disasters and culture; indigenous knowledge; social vulnerability and capacity; Resilience frameworks/measurement; science communication and knowledge exchange.|