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Catherine Ryland

Scholarship student
The University of Wollongong


Catherine Ryland’s research will determine which different options exist for providing a compliance/enforcement program to address this significant gap in bushfire protection. Importantly, the research will uncover whether there are certain ways to design developments and bushfire protection measures that advantageously play to the strengths of human behaviour. Thus, bushfire protection becomes a day-to-day habit, rather than a significant exercise. In doing this, her study will determine whether design can top regulation in the long-term maintenance of bushfire protection measures.

Catherine is an urban planner and bushfire resilience expert with almost 20 years of diversified industry experience in the UK and Australia. She currently runs her own business, CR Bushfire, and previously worked at the NSW Rural Fire Service.