Qualifications

  • 2015-2019 PhD Candidate, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2018.03-06 PhD Fellow, United Nations University, Finland
  • 2010-2013 MA, Sichuan University, China

Research interests

Post-disaster recovery policies, Disaster-induced population resettlement, Human-environment interactions, Disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific countries, Combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Visit Lulu HE’s website and ORCID page.

Experience

Lulu HE is a PhD candidate in Human Geography 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.

She has practical experience in working under an international circumstance in Asia-Pacific countries. Her PhD project aims to understand disaster management policies, disaster-induced population resettlement, post-disaster recovery in communities in Nepal, China and New Zealand, with particular interest in the effects of government policies in these countries and how these policies inform disaster risk reduction at an international level. A combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches has been applied in her PhD thesis. She has published a few peer-reviewed journal articles, and her PhD research has received external funding provided by United Nations. She has built connections with universities in Nepal, China, New Zealand and Finland. 

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2018 United Nations University PhD Fellowship Award
  • 2015-19 University of Queensland International Scholarship Tuition Fee Award
  • 2015-19 University of Queensland Centennial Living Stipend Award
  • 2015-18 University of Queensland HDR Research Funding

Journal Articles

  • He, L. (2019). Identifying local needs for post-disaster recovery in Nepal, World Development, 118, 52-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.02.005
  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K., Chen, Y. (2019). Building new houses or sustainable recovery? A combination of quantitative and qualitative study of earthquake-displaced households in Sichuan, China. Habitat International, 83, 135-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2018.12.002
  • 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).  http://www.cqvip.com/QK/96477X/201206/44118556.html

Working Papers

Ongoing Projects

  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K. Evaluating disaster recovery through people’s perspectives: Qualitative evidence from earthquake-resettled households in Christchurch, New Zealand (In progress)
  • He, L. Disaster Risk Reduction in Practice: An Asia-Pacific perspective (In progress)

Conference presentation

  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K. The 1st anniversary workshop on Gorkha earthquake: Vulnerabilities at household level: A case study on the Barpak victims after the Gorkha earthquake (Oral presentation), Kathmandu, 2016.
  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K. AGU 2017 fall conference: What matters in sustainable disaster recovery? Evidence from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake-displaced households, China (Poster presentation), New Orleans, 2017.
  • He, L. AAG 2018 meeting: Sustainability-smart local needs: A study on recovery process after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal (Oral presentation), New Orleans, 2018.
  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K. NZGS & IAG 2018 conference: Evaluating disaster recovery through people’s perspectives: Qualitative evidence from earthquake-resettled households in Christchurch, New Zealand (Oral presentation), Auckland, 2018.
  • He, L., Aitchison, J.C., Hussey, K. IDRiM 2018 conference: Disaster Risk Reduction in Practice: an Asia-Pacific Perspective (Poster presentation), Sydney, 2018.

Invited Seminars

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

Teaching experience

  • GEOM7005 — Geographical Information Systems
    • Roles: Postgraduate level, map-generating, guiding students in study-design, demonstrating, consulting and marking.
  • GEOM1000 — Geographical Information & Data Analysis
    • Roles: Undergraduate and Postgraduate course, demonstrating, marking and administration
  • GEOS2110 — Tectonic Geomorphology (New Zealand field course)
    • Roles: Third-year undergraduate course, field trip in North and South Islands of New Zealand, demonstrating, administration and marking.
  • GEOS1100 — Environmental and Society
    • Roles: First-year undergraduate course, demonstrating, fieldwork and administration.             

Language ability

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Japanese (rudimentary)

Certificates

  • Open Water Diver
  • 4-wheel Drive Training Completion
  • Australia Wide First Aid Attainment

Hobbies

Piano, books, hiking

    Areas of research