Dr Astrid Vachette


Position: Research Fellow
Phone: +61 (0) 2 4298 1193
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 202
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia


Astrid is a research fellow at ANCORS, focusing on community-based fisheries management (CBFM) in the Pacific islands. Over the last 10 years, Astrid built a multidisciplinary expertise in building resilience of vulnerable communities. She majored in International Humanitarian Action for Extreme Environments in Paris, and started research on collaborative strategies in the South Pacific for disaster management. She has a PhD in Environmental Science and Management at the Centre for Disaster Studies, Townsville, entitled “Networked Disaster Governance in Vanuatu: the Anatomy of an Inclusive and Integrated System to Build Resilience in a Small Island Developing State”. Astrid has extensive experience in disaster management both in developed and developing countries, and has a special interest in merging traditional and modern knowledge and practice in small complex environments, such as the Pacific Islands.
At ANCORS, Astrid will particularly work on the research component lead in Kiribati. She will collaborate with local staff and the ANCORS team to develop resilience building strategies around the sectors of food security, gender equity, social inclusion and nutrition. She is hoping to add value to the teamwork with innovative methodologies to map and build capacities in small island developing states.

Research interests/Areas of expertise:

- Integrated resilience building in complex environments
- Small Island Developing States
- Small scale fisheries
- Food security
- Gender equity
- Social inclusion
- International humanitarian aid
- Disaster risk management

Current research projects:

Pathways to change: Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song’ in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, WorldFish and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision:

- Disaster and climate change governance
- Collaborative governance
- Participatory methodology
- International Humanitarian Aid
- Social networks

Selected Publications:


Vachette, A., King, D. & Cottrell, A. (2017) “Bonding, Bridging and Linking Social Capital: A Qualitative Study of the Emergency Management of Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint.
Vachette, A. (2017) “Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Vanuatu: The Art and Practice of Building Resilience to Hazards.” In Weal Filho, W. (Ed.) Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Up-keeping Life Quality (pp. 119-136). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin.
Vachette, A. (2013) “The FRANZ agreement: the complex involvement of France in the South Pacific regional cooperation in emergency management.” International Journal of Emergency Management, 9(3):229-247.


Gurtner, Y. & Vachette, A. (2017) “Community Post Impact Assessment – Rapid Appraisal. Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Whitsundays Coast, Qld, Australia, 5-8 April 2017.” Centre for Disaster Studies, James Cook University, and Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Government.
Vachette, A. (2015) “The little handbook of disaster and climate change networked governance structure in Vanuatu.” Centre for Disaster Studies, James Cook University, Secretariat of the Pacific Community & Deutsche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.
Vachette, A. (2014) “Vanuatu Networking Patterns for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Vanuatu.” Social Network Analysis Report, Part 1. Secretariat of the Pacific Community & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbait GmbH.
Vachette, A. (2014) “Capitalization of Capacities of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Organizations acting in Vanuatu.” Social Network Analysis Report, Part 2. Secretariat of the Pacific Community & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbait GmbH. Cottrell, A., Vachette, A., & King, D. (2013) “Community preparedness, recovery and resilience: the Townsville tornado of March 2012.” Centre for Disaster Studies. Report for the Department of Community Safety.


Vachette, A. (2016) “Grassroots Leadership to Build Resilience in Small Island Developing States” 6th International conference on building resilience, New Zealand, 2016, 11 pages.
Vachette, A. (2016) “A culture of preparedness: embracing vulnerability to build resilience” 6th International conference on building resilience, New Zealand, 2016, 12 pages.
Vachette, A. (2015) “The Inclusive and Integrated Disaster Networked Governance framework: a conceptual model for analysing the cooperative outcomes of resilience building”. 5th international conference on building resilience, Australia, 2015, 11 pages




Last reviewed: 2 March, 2018