In Conversation with Dr Margaret Moreton

Dr Margaret Moreton is Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) and leads the work of AIDR to develop and share knowledge and learning to support a disaster resilient Australia. 

Margaret joins Scotia to talk about the work of AIDR and the importance of building a collaborative approach to how we plan for and respond to disasters. She shares the story of her first understanding of the importance of community and collaboration from her childhood growing up in rural Australia and how this has informed her life and work.

This, along with her experiences during the 2003 Canberra fires and the 2009 Victorian bushfires, motivated Margaret’s journey into community-based research into disaster recovery and resilience and what has now become an ongoing commitment to building capacity and improving resilience outcomes for Australian communities.

We also hear about the upcoming AIDR conference (August 23 – 24), the first to be delivered under Margaret’s leadership, and how this year’s program is enhancing the inclusion of diverse voices and new platforms including a dedicated focus on creative recovery for the first time.

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