• MA, Sichuan University

Research interests

Ms Lulu HE’s major research interest is global environmental change, disaster resilience, disaster-induced population resettlement, and disaster governance. Her particular interest is sustainable recovery from the disaster events, and disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific regions. A combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches is employed in her thesis project.


Lulu HE is a PhD candidate at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES), Faculty of Science, the University of Queensland. Before being enrolled with full scholarship in SEES in 2015, she obtained BA and MA in her home country China. Experiencing a massive earthquake at her hometown, she has been studying post-disaster recovery, and interactions between human system and disaster-induced environmental changes since 2010.

Lulu HE has practical experience in working under an international circumstance in Asian-Pacific countries. During her pursuit for MA, she undertook numerous research trips in west China (Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu) where she looked at collective relocation of households following earthquakes and landslides. After joining SEES, she included the 2015 Gorkha earthquake (Nepal) and the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes (New Zealand) into her PhD project. The project is focused on the recovery experience of households displaced by these three earthquakes, in which Nepal represents lower-income country setting, China as developing, and New Zealand as developed setting. This project aims to characterise and define sustainable recovery from natural disasters on the reflection of the reconstruction strategies and government policies in these three nations.


United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), PhD fellow scholarship, Helsinki, Finland, Mar-Jun, 2018.

Teaching experience

Ÿ GEOM7005--Geographical Information Systems
Ÿ GEOS2110--Tectonic Geomorphology (New Zealand field course)
Ÿ GEOS1100--Environmental and Society            

Language ability

  • English
  • Chinese


Piano, books.

Recent works

  • Sustainability-smart local needs: A study on recovery process after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal (IN PROGRESS)
  • What matters in post-disaster recovery for displaced rural households? A study on population resettlement program after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, China (UNDER REVIEW)

Conference presentation

  • The 1st anniversary workshop on Gorkha earthquake: Vulnerabilities at household level: A case study on Barpak victims after the Gorkha earthquake (Oral presentation), Kathmandu, 2016.
  • AGU 2017 fall conference: What matters in sustainable disaster recovery? Evidence from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake-displaced households, China (Poster presentation), New Orleans, 2017.
  • AAG 2018 meeting: ‘We need land first’: Identifying local needs for recovery after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal (Oral presentation), New Orleans, 2018.


  • Australia Awards South and West Asia Inclusive Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction — Nepal 2018UQ International Development, The University of Queensland, February, 2018
  • Sustainability-smart local needs: A study on recovery process after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, NepalUnited Nations University (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki, Finland, April, 2018

Peer-reviewed papers

He, L., Aitchison, J. C., Hussey, K., Wei, Y., & Lo, A. (2018). Accumulation of vulnerabilities in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake: Household displacement, livelihood changes and recovery challenges. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, 68-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.04.017

He, L., Chen, Y., Mao, C., Zhang Q. (2012) Disaster‐driven Resettlement and Sustainable Livelihood: A Case study of Qingping Township in Western China (in Chinese). The Journal of Northwest Population, 6 (33).

Areas of research