School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health with a cross-cutting interest in how individuals and diverse communities make sense of and respond to health risks and natural hazards. This research aims to inform health communication interventions from government and non-government stakeholders.
I work in a cross- disciplinary academic environment and publish broadly with colleagues in fields such as epidemiology, disaster management, science communication, psychology, occupational and environmental health, social policy, disaster risk reduction, risk perception and discursive psychology. I have published over 60 academic journal articles and book chapters.
My most recent research focuses on how risk communication efforts could better address cultural, economic, social, structural, and discursive factors operating in different settings. When working with diverse communities, I utilise a community-based participatory research (CBPR) paradigm. This research has been used to develop a communication framework, guiding emergency service agencies in the process of designing risk and emergency messages with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities across Australia. This research paradigm uses a ‘strength-based’ approach that treats communities themselves as the experts in understanding their own communication needs. Findings from these projects highlight the need to genuinely involve CALD, and other underrepresented communities, in evaluating and developing emergency and disaster messaging in collaboration emergency management agencies.
In addition to this research, I was Manager of NCCARF's Vulnerable Communities Adaptation Network (VCN), hosted by the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. The Network aimed to strengthen Australia's research capacity in this vital area and augment understanding of how climate change will impact on the nation's most vulnerable groups, and how these impacts can be mitigated.
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My research interests are in health and natural hazards risk perception and communication. Recent research is aimed at better understanding and enhancing the process of natural disaster and emergency risk communication between emergency management (EM), health agencies, and the public. I am interested in how risk communication efforts could better address cultural, social, economic, and discursive contexts in which people live. To this end, my work utilises a social justice perspective, community-based participatory research (CBPR) paradigm, bringing together community, government and community service organisations to co-design risk messages that reflect and resonate with people's 'lived experiences'. I work closely with EM and diverse communities, including Australians with a refugee background and those living with social and economic challenges. My conviction is that the efficacy of natural hazards risk communication is significantly enhanced when target audiences have a genuine and meaningful opportunity to contribute to the development of interventions.
I use a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to collecting and analysing social problems, including qualitative and quantitative methods.
I have published over 60 academic articles, reports for industry, and book chapters. My research has been published in peer reviewed academic journals including, Science Communication, Discourse and Society, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Health Research, and Psychology and Health. I have recently contributed a chapter, with Professor Martha Augoustinos, to Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques, edited by Victoria Clarke and Virginia Braun.
Year Citation 2019 Hanson-Easey, S. A., Hansen, A., Williams, S., & Bi, P. (2019). On heatwave risk communication to the public: new evidence informing message tailoring and audience segmentation. In Proceedings of the Australian institute for Disaster Resilience Conference (AIDR 2019). Melbourne: Australian Government National Recovery and Resilience Agency. 2017 Bartram, A. J., Eliott, J., Hanson-Easey, S., & Crabb, S. (2017). How do people who stop or reduce their alcohol consumption incorporate this within social rituals?. In 15th World Congress on Public Health. Melbourne, Australia. 2017 Bartram, A. J., Hanson-Easey, S., & Eliott, J. (2017). Heroic journeys: How temporary abstinence campaigns portray participant experiences. In Global Alcohol Policy Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
Year Citation 2023 Hanson-Easey, S. (2023). Risk communication for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: Insights on the role of social capital. Poster session presented at the meeting of 18th Asia Pacific Sociological Association Conference Diversity, inclusion & social cohesion: Towards social & environmental advancement & SDG attainment. University of Sydney. 2018 Bartram, A. J., Eliott, J., Hanson-Easey, S., & Crabb, S. (2018). Losing the booze without losing the pleasure: Adapting social rituals to accommodate changes in drinking. Poster session presented at the meeting of Pleasure and Health: A Colloquium. Adelaide, Australia. 2016 Bartram, A. J., Eliott, J., Hanson-Easey, S., & Crabb, S. (2016). How do people who stop or reduce their alcohol consumption incorporate this into their social rituals?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 10th Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
Live Performance of Creative Works
Year Citation 2018 Cook, A., Creek, A., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2018). Fire safety: Prevention is better than cure (No. Of Pieces: 10 Minutes) [Performance]. Melbourne, Victoria. 2018 Cook, A., Creek, A., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2018). Fire safety: Prevention is better than cure (No. Of Pieces: 10 Minutes) [Performance]. Melbourne, Victoria.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2023 Hanson-Easey, S. (2023). We speak your language: A film evaluation and exploration of cultural diversity in CFA brigades. 2022 Hanson-Easey, S. (2022). Knowing what works: a social psychological inquiry into how Nature Foundation’s work resonates with potential and current supporters. 2022 Stanhope, J., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2022). Knowing what works: a critical social psychology inquiry into how the Nature Foundation's work resonates with potential and current supporters. Preliminary report: scoping review.. 2021 Bowden, J., Crabb, S., Harrison, N., Bartram, A., van der Kruk, S., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2021). Drug and Alcohol Use in South Australia: Drivers, Community Impacts and Policy Responses.. 2020 Laurence, C., Hanson-Easey, S., Elliott, T., Bain, R., & Pitot, M. (2020). Medical speciality decision-making study: final report. 2019 Hanson-Easey, S. A., Hansen, A., Williams, S., & Bi, P. (2019). Communicating about heatwaves: Risk perception, message fatigue, and threat normalisation. 2018 Hanson-Easey, S., & Sher, T. (2018). Project evaluation report: Prevention is better than cure: a community-based participatory research project. Adelaide: School of Public Health, University of Adelaide. 2016 Hanson-Easey, S., & Hansen, A. (2016). Maningrida and cyclone Monica. CoastAdapt. 2015 Barnett, G., Berry, H., Femming, A., Hanson-Easey, S. A., Blashki, G., Davies, A., . . . Hosking, J. (2015). Livelihood and disadvantage. Australian Academy of Science. 2015 Hanson-Easey, S. A., Bi, P., & Hansen, A. (2015). Risk communication planning with culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD). 2015 Hanson-Easey, S. A., Hansen, A., & Bi, P. (2015). RISK COMMUNICATION PLANNING WITH CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES (CALD):AN ALL-HAZARDS RISK COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCIES. 2013 Hanson-Easey, S., Bi, P., Hansen, A., Williams, S., Nitschke, M., Saniotis, A., . . . Hodgetts, K. (2013). Public understanding of climate change and adaptation in South Australia: Final report. Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. - Understanding the environmental risk communication needs of Chinese tourists: FINAL REPORT (n.d.). .
- Hanson-Easey, S., Hansen, A., Williams, S., & Bi, P. (n.d.). Communicating about heatwaves: Risk perception, message fatigue, and threat normalisation.
Recorded/Rendered Creative Works
Year Citation 2015 Authors: Hanson-Easey S, Standon M. Title: Basic Fire Safety in The Home for the African Communities in SA. Description: N/A. Extent: 10.5 minute video.
Year Citation 2021 Stanhope, J., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2021). How do we engage people in ecological conservation and restoration? A systematic review protocol. Research Gate.
Year Citation - Hanson-Easey, S., Hansen, A., Williams, S., & Bi, P. (n.d.). Communicating About Heatwaves.
0001038698: ARC Discovery Projects: Occupational injury prevention in high-temperature environments;
Years: 2016-2018; Pisaniello, Dino Luigi; Bi, Peng; Barnett, Adrian; Sim, Malcolm R; Heyworth, J S; Hanson-Easey, Scott Alen;
Rowett, Shelley; Nitschke, Monika;
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED: $295,156; Administered by UofA
0001038505: National Emergency Management Project: Developing bushfire and heatwave information resources with CALD
communities; Years: 2015-2016; Bi, Peng; Hanson-Easey, Scott Alen; Hansen, Alana Lee; Williams, Susan Gay; Nitschke, Monika; Cannadine,
Mark; Beattie, Chris; TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED: $145,000; Administered by UofA
0001039929: National Emergency Management Project: National Extreme Heat Warnings: Investigating regional temperature triggers
and responses; Years: 2015-2016; Bi, Peng; Williams, Susan Gay; Hansen, Alana Lee; Hanson-Easey, Scott Alen; Nitschke, Monika; Weinstein,
Philip; Beattie, Chris; Nairn, John;
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED: $170,000; Administered by UofA
0001038435: NCCARF Research Network: Climate Change Adaption Research Network (Vulnerable communities including human health);
Years: 2015-2017; Bi, Peng; Hansen, Alana Lee; Williams, Susan Gay; Hanson-Easey, Scott Alen; Pisaniello, Dino Luigi; Weinstein, Philip; Tan, Yan; Nitschke, Monika; Boland, John;
Han, Gil-Soo; Loughnan, Margaret; Nursey-Bray, Melissa Jane; Black, Deborah; Zhang, Ying; Wilson, Leigh; Davies, Amanda; Reeves, Jim; Tong, Shilu; Berry, Helen Louise; TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED: $375,000; Administered by UofA
I am Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Coordinator
Course Coordinator, Reflect, Research, and Resolve.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Food Security and Public Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tjing Shaeny Dian Chandra
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Climate Change and Childhood Diarrhoea in Kathmandu, Nepal: A Health Risk Assessment and Exploration of Surveillance Capacity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dinesh Bhandari 2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Negotiating the Social Consequences of Stopping or Reducing Alcohol Consumption Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ashlea Jade Bartram 2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Health Professionals' Perceptions of Dengue Fever, Malaria and Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome in the Face of Climate Change in China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Tong
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2023 - 2023 Pathophysiology of extreme heat Planetary Health workshop The University of Adelaide Australia
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