Dr Irene Strodthoff

The project seeks to define ways in which institutions responsible for managing disasters, both in Chile and in Australia, not only understand and construct them, but also cope with their aftermath.

Economy: Chile

Partnering Australian Institution: RMIT University

Project Title: Managing Disaster in Chile and in Australia: Bushfire and Community

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Project Outline:

This project seeks to define the ways in which the institutions responsible for managing disasters, both in Chile and in Australia, not only understand and construct them, but also cope with their aftermath. It looks at bushfires that occur in the urban/rural interface and in the community affected by it.

Applied for fellowship:

"This fellowship represents the perfect combination between my research interests, the possibility of contributing to enhance transpacific links, and to increase bilateral visibility of Australia and Chile through knowledge."

Past Achievements:

Irene enjoyed a distinguished career as a journalist and assistant corporate communications manager in Chile, before moving to Australia in 2009 to undertake her PhD in Latin American Studies. She has extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of the links between Australia and Latin America, and of their respective trajectories, and her speciality is the cultural and social processes associated with nation-building. In 2014, Irene released the book Chile and Australia: Contemporary Transpacific Relations from the South with Palgrave Macmillan, and she has published peer reviewed journal articles in both Spanish and English. Irene has also presented her papers at conferences in Australia, Thailand, Germany and Chile. She has taught in both Chile and Australia, and worked as a researcher for the Fundacion Aitue and for the Academia Nacional de Estudios Politicos y Estrategicos, part of the Chilean Ministry of Defence.