About the Author
Alan March, PhD is an urban planning and design academic at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has practiced since 1992 and has taught many students, practicing planners, architects and many others in the area of disaster risk reduction. Alan has taught professionals and disaster responders at Emergency Management Australia since 2004, in particular the subject Risk Based Urban Planning. He is an advisor to the Emergency Commissioner in Victoria, Australia and has undertaken a range of research projects and has published a range of materials dealing with disasters and urban planning. He recently worked with a range of Victorian State government departments to develop and deliver a new Postgraduate qualification Bushfire Planning and Management at the University of Melbourne. Maria Kornakova, PhD, graduated from the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Her PhD research explored the potential to increase and improve the role of urban planning in decreasing disaster risks. Upon submission of her PhD she continued to work at the Melbourne University as a postdoctoral fellow for the project "The Disaster Risk Reduction in the Built Environment." Currently, Maria holds a postdoctoral fellow position for the project "Governance and the Risk-Resilience-Sustainability Nexus" at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research is focused on developing applied research that can build understanding and capability to bridge the risk-resilience-sustainability nexus. Originally from Uzbekistan, Maria obtained her BA in Architecture from Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction, and MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University under a Fulbright Scholarship.