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Debra Parkinson is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative  (MUDRI), and researcher for Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health In the North (WHIN). Over the past two decades, she has researched diverse gendered issues, including intimate partner violence and rape, women’s unequal access to the legal system, and gendered discrimination through the superannuation system. Since 2009, her research has focused on environmental justice and gender and disaster.  In 2015, Debra was awarded the ‘Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Thesis Award’ from Monash University for her PhD on increased domestic violence after the Victorian ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires. That same year, the Gender and Disaster Pod was established by MUDRI, WHGNE and WHIN with Debra as its manager. The collaborative has received state, national and international awards. Read research reports here: www.genderanddisaster.com.au

(Accepted) Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., & Archer, F. Barriers and enablers to women in fire and emergency leadership roles.  Gender in Management: an International Journal.

(Accepted) Duncan, A., Parkinson, D. Archer, F. & Keech, E. (2018). Diversity in Disaster Issues paper – Executive Summary. Diversity in Disaster: Australian Journal of Emergency Management Monograph No. 3, 2018. Available at knowledge.aidr.org.au  (from 30/9/2018)
This and other key conference documents available at www.genderanddisaster.com.au/diversity-in-disaster-conference   

(Accepted) Parkinson, D. & Duncan, A. (2018). What’s so hard about writing a fire plan? The central role of gendered expectations in bushfire planning. For inclusion in September 30 Diversity in Disaster: Australian Journal of Emergency Management Monograph.

Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., Davie, S., Archer. F., Sutherland, A., O’Malley, S., Jeffrey, J., Pease, B., Wilson, A. & Gough, M. Victoria’s Gender and Disaster Taskforce: A retrospective analysis. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. July 2018. Vol. 33. Issue 3. https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-jul-2018-victoria-s-gender-and-disaster-taskforce-a-retrospective-analysis/

Spencer, C., Bailey, N., Muir, C., Majeed, S., McArdle, D., Keech, E., Duncan, A., & Parkinson, D., Understanding the role gender plays in survivor responses to natural disaster: Evaluating the Lessons in Disaster Programs. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 33 Issue 2. https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/collections/australian-journal-of-emergency-management/

Parkinson, D. Investigating the increase in domestic violence post-disaster: An Australian case-study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, March 2017. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886260517696876

Zara, C., Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., and Joyce, K. (2016) Men and Disaster: Men’s experiences of the Black Saturday bushfires and the aftermath. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 31 Issue 3.  https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-03-15

Parkinson, D. & Zara, C. (2016) ‘Emotional and Personal Costs for men of the Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria, Australia’ in Enarson, E. & Pease, B. (Eds.) Men, Masculinities and Disaster. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Men-Masculinities-and-Disaster/Enarson-Pease/p/book/9781138934177

Parkinson, D. (2016)  IPSV Perpetrators and Entitlement in McOrmond-Plummer, L.,  Levy-Peck, J. & Easteal, P. (Eds.).  Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Oxford: Taylor & Francis Books.

Parkinson, D., Zara, C., & Davie, S. (2015). Victoria's Gender and Disaster Taskforce. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 30. No. 4. Oct 2015: 26-29. https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-30-04-08

Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2015). Women-led sustained efforts give birth to key Gender & Disaster body, many Australian “firsts”. In M. Cocchiglia (Ed.), Women’s Leadership in Risk-Resilient Development. Bangkok, Thailand: UNISDR. http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/42882

Parkinson, D. (2015) Women’s experience of violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires. A Thesis Submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Clayton: School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. http://arrow.monash.edu.au/hdl/1959.1/1162205

Parkinson, D., Farrant, B. & Duncan, A.  (2015). Women and Children. In R. Walker & W. Mason (Eds.), Climate change adaptation by community based health and social service organisations Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing. http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/7323.htm

Weiss, C., Parkinson, D. & Duncan, A. (2015) Living Longer on Less:  Women, Paid Work, and Superannuation in Victoria, Australia. Sage Open, Sept. 2015, 5(3)

Parkinson, D., Duncan, A., & Weiss, C. (2014). The impact on women’s health of climatic and economic disaster position paper In Australian Women's Health Network (Ed.). Drysdale, Vic.: AWHN. http://bit.ly/2aenVa4

Parkinson, D., & Reid, S. (2013). "Invisible" Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Prevention and Intervention Challenges. In L. McOrmond-Plummer, P. Easteal & J. Levy-Peck (Eds.), Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2013). Issues Faced by Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survivors in Rural Areas In L. McOrmond-Plummer, P. Easteal & J. Levy-Peck (Eds.), Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (April 2013). The hidden disaster: Violence in the aftermath of natural disaster. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28(2). https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-28-02-09

Quadara, A, Fileborn, B & Parkinson, D (2013) The role of forensic medical evidence in the prosecution of adult sexual assault. ACSSA Issues No. 15. http://aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i15/index.html

Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2012). ‘Under Fire: violence in the aftermath of Black Saturday’, DVIRC Quarterly Edition 2 – Winter 2012 (13-15)

Parkinson, D., Lancaster, C. & Stewart, A. (2011), A numbers game: lack of gendered data impedes prevention of disaster-related family violence.  Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2011; 22: S42-S45. https://www.academia.edu/25646216/A_numbers_game_lack_of_gendered_data_impedes_prevention_of_disaster-related_family_violence

Parkinson, D (2010) Supporting Victims Through the Legal Process. ACSSA Wrap No. 8. http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/wrap/wrap8/w8.pdf

Parkinson, D. (2009). Why partner rape is so invisible and why women don't report. DVIRC Quarterly(2), 14-15.

Parkinson, D. & Zara, C. (2012) Under Fire: Violence in the aftermath of Black Saturday. DVIRC Quarterly, No. 2, Winter 2012, pp. 13-15.

Parkinson, D. (2008). Partner rape and rurality. Aware Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault Newsletter(16), pp. 21-22.

External positions

Manager, GAD Pod, GAD Pod: WHIN, WHGNE and MUDRI

Manager of Research, Advocacy and Policy, Women's Health In the North and Women's Health Goulburn North East

Keywords

  • Women
  • Gender
  • Disaster
  • Emergency Management

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Research Output 2011 2018

Understanding the role gender plays in survivor responses to disasters: evaluating the lessons in Disaster Program

Spencer, C., Bailey, N., Muir, C., Majeed, S., McArdle, D., Keech, E., Duncan, A. & Parkinson, D., 1 Apr 2018, In : The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 33, 2, p. 53-59 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

Intimate partner sexual violence perpetrators and entitlement

Parkinson, D., 2017, Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Recognition, and Intervention. McOrmond-Plummer, L., Levy-Peck, J. Y. & Easteal, P. (eds.). Oxford UK: Taylor & Francis, p. 44-54 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Investigating the increase in domestic violence post disaster: an Australian case study

Parkinson, D., 1 Mar 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Men and disaster: Men's experiences of the Black Saturday bushfires and the aftermath

Zara, C., Parkinson, D., Duncan, A. & Joyce, K., 2016, In : Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 31, 3, p. 40-48 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A numbers game: Lack of gendered data impedes prevention of disaster-related family violence.

Parkinson, D., Lancaster, C. S. & Stewart, A., Dec 2011, In : Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 22, Special Issue, p. 42-45 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review