Julia Becker


Full Name: Julia Becker

Position: Senior Social Scientist

Contact details

Email: J.Becker
Phone: +64-4-570 4795


1992: 7th Form (Year 13) 'A' Bursary; 1997: BSocSci, Geography, Earth science; 1999: MSc Hons (First class), Earth sciences; 2012: PhD, Psychology

Areas of expertise

Social Science: Community Consultation
Social Science: Community Resilience
Social Science: Community resilience building
Social Science: Deliberative engagement
Social Science: Disaster risk management
Social Science: Effective Warning Response
Social Science: Emergency Management
Social Science: Environmental perceptions
Social Science: Evacuation planning
Social Science: Focus Groups
Social Science: Impact Assessment
Social Science: Interviewing
Social Science: Land Use Planning
Social Science: Natural Hazards Research
Social Science: Perceptions of energy resources
Social Science: Risk Communication
Social Science: Survey data analysis
Social Science: Survey design

Professional activities

New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering: Member
NZ Society for Risk Management: Member

Major publications

Becker, J.S.; Paton, D.; Johnston, D.M.; Ronan, K.R.; McClure, J. 2017 The role of prior experience in informing and motivating earthquake preparedness. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 22: 179-193; doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.03.006

Jon, I.; Lindell, M.K.; Prater, C.S.; Huang, S.-K.; Wu, H.-C.; Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Shiroshita, H.; Doyle, E.E.H.; Potter, S.H.; McClure, J.; Lambie, E. 2016 Behavioral response in the immediate aftermath of shaking : earthquakes in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand, and Hitachi, Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11): article 1137; doi: 10.3390/ijerph13111137

Lindell, M.K.; Prater, C.S.; Wu, H.C.; Huang, S.-K.; Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Shiroshita, H. 2016 Immediate behavioural responses to earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Hitachi, Japan. Disasters, 40(1): 85-111; doi: 10.1111/disa.12133

Wein, A.; Potter, S.H.; Johal, S.; Doyle, E.; Becker, J.S. 2016 Communicating with the public during an earthquake sequence : improving communication of geoscience by coordinating roles. Seismological Research Letters, 87(1): 112-118; doi: 10.1785/0220150113

Becker, J.S.; Taylor, H.L.; Doody, B.J.; Wright, K.C.; Gruntfest, E.; Webber, D. 2015 A review of people’s behavior in and around floodwater. Weather, Climate, and Society, 7(4): 321-332; doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00030.1

Paton, D.; Anderson, E.; Becker, J.S.; Petersen, J. 2015 Developing a comprehensive model of hazard preparedness : lessons from the Christchurch earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 14(1): 37-45; doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2014.11.011

Becker, J.S.; Paton, D.; Johnston, D.M.; Ronan, K. 2014 Societal influences on earthquake information meaning-making and household preparedness. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32(2): 317-352

Becker, J.S.; Beban, J.G.; Saunders, W.S.A.; Van Dissen, R.J.; King, A.B. 2013 Land use planning and policy for earthquakes in the Wellington Region, New Zealand (2001-2011). Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 2013-1: 3-16

Becker, J.S.; Paton, D.; Johnston, D.M.; Ronan, K.R. 2013 Salient beliefs about earthquake hazards and household preparedness. Risk analysis, 33(9): 1710-1727; doi: 10.1111/risa.12014

Becker, J.S.; Paton, D.; Johnston, D.M.; Ronan, K.R. 2012 A model of household preparedness for earthquakes : how individuals make meaning of earthquake information and how this influences preparedness. Natural hazards, 64(1): 107-137; doi: 10.1007/s11069-012-0238-x

Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Paton, D. 2012 Multi-agency community engagement during disaster recovery : lessons from two New Zealand earthquake events. Disaster prevention and management, 21(2): 252-268

Becker, J.S.; Saunders, W.S.A.; Hopkins, L.; Wright, K.C.; Johnston, D.M. 2011 Preplanning for recovery. p. 525-550 IN: Miller, D.S.; Rivera, J.D. (eds) Community disaster recovery and resiliency : exploring global opportunities and challenges. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press

Becker, J.S.; Saunders, W.S.A.; Robertson, C.M.; Leonard, G.S.; Johnston, D.M. 2010 A synthesis of challenges and opportunities for reducing volcanic risk through land use planning in New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 2010-1: 24 p.

de Terte, I.; Becker, J.S.; Stephens, C. 2009 An integrated model for understanding and developing resilience in the face of adverse events. Journal of Pacific Rim psychology, 3(1): 20-26

Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M.; Lazarus, H.; Crawford, G.; Nelson, D. 2008 Use of traditional knowledge in emergency management for tsunami hazard : a case study from Washington State, USA. Disaster prevention and management, 17(4): 488-502; doi: 10.1108/09653560810901737

Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M.; Paton, D.; Hancox, G.T.; Davies, T.R.; McSaveney, M.J.; Manville, V.R. 2007 Response to landslide dam failure emergencies : issues resulting from the October 1999 Mount Adams landslide and dam-break flood in the Poerua River, Westland, New Zealand. Natural hazards review, 8(2): 35-42

Finnis, K.K.; Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Ronan, K.R; Paton, D. 2007 School and community-based hazards education and links to disaster-resilient communities. Regional development dialogue, 28(2): 99-108

Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S.; Gregg, C.; Houghton, B.F.; Paton, D.; Leonard, G.S.: Garside, R. 2007 Developing warning and disaster response capacity in the tourism sector in coastal Washington, USA. Disaster prevention and management, 16(2): 210-216

Wood, G.; Rodriguez-Bachiller, A.; Becker, J.S. 2007 Fuzzy sets and simulated environmental change : evaluating and communicating impact significance in environmental impact assessment. Environment and planning A, 39(4): 810-829; doi: 10.1068/a3878

Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M. 2002 Planning for earthquake hazards in New Zealand : a study of four regions. Australian journal of emergency management, Autumn 2002: 2-8

Becker, J.S.; Smith, R.; Johnston, D.M.; Munro, A. 2001 Effects of the 1995-1996 Ruapehu eruptions on communities in central North Island, New Zealand, and people's perceptions of volcanic hazards after the event. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 2001-1: 23 p.

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