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Wendy Saunders

Doctor of Philosophy, (Resourcing and Environmental Planning)
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Innovative land-use planning for natural hazard risk reduction in New Zealand

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Land use planning is a key tool in New Zealand for reducing the risk of natural hazards, however many land use decisions still put people and property at risk. This research contributes to the planning field by providing land use planners with an innovative, risk-based framework that can assist decision making around land use where there is a risk of natural hazards. The risk-based framework presented provides a significantly new approach to natural hazard management, where the consequences of an event are the primary concern, rather than likelihood; and it allows for levels of risk to be defined. The result is a framework that can be adapted to local risks communities may face, and defines ‘acceptable’ levels of risk that allows for risk-based planning to occur. This in turn will reduce the future risks and consequences from natural hazard events.

Professor Bruce Glavovic
Dr David Johnston

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