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Dr Caroline Orchiston

Research Fellow and Deputy Director

Tel: (+64) 3 479 9244

Cell: (+64) 21 077 8888


Caroline Orchistonfull (160)Caroline joined the Centre in March 2016 as a Research Fellow involved in Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (National Science Challenge). This research focusses on building a more resilient New Zealand by transforming how we prepare for and mitigate against rapid (earthquakes, floods) and slow onset (climate change-related) disasters. Caroline is contributing to two projects relating to rural and cultural resilience in the Challenge programme.
Caroline’s background in both earth and social sciences has involved research on aspects of tourism disaster resilience and recovery, community and business resilience, and scenario planning for impacts to critical infrastructure and emergency management during earthquake disasters. She is an Affiliate Researcher at both the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey Wellington and GNS Science) and Resilient Organisations (Christchurch). Her PhD and Postdoctoral research investigated tourism in areas of high seismic risk (Southern Alps and Canterbury, New Zealand), focussing on pre-disaster planning and preparedness (Alpine Fault zone) and post-disaster impacts and recovery amongst tourism enterprises and stakeholders (Canterbury earthquake sequence). Since 2010, Caroline has also been involved in a longitudinal study of community preparedness and awareness to natural hazards in Washington State, USA in collaboration with GNS Science, Washington State Emergency Management and the United States Geological Survey.

Current and Recent Projects

Significant Publications

Espiner, S., Orchiston, C., & Higham, J. (2017). Resilience and sustainability: a complementary relationship? Towards a practical conceptual model for the sustainability–resilience nexus in tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, (A* ranked journal)
Brown, N., Rovins, J., Feldmann-Jensen, S., Orchiston, C. & Johnston, D. (2017). Exploring disaster resilience within the tourism sector: a systematic review of literature. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Orchiston, C., Prayag, G. & Brown, C. (2016). Organisational resilience in the tourism sector. Annals of Tourism Research. (A* ranked journal)
Robinson, T., Davies, T., Wilson, T., & Orchiston, C. (2016). Coseismic landsliding estimates for an Alpine Fault earthquake and the consequences for erosion of the South Alps, New Zealand. Geomorphology, vol. 263: 71-86.
Robinson, T., Davies, T., Wilson, T. & Orchiston, C. (2016). Developing coseismic landsliding loss assessments for critical infrastructure to aid emergency response planning. Risk Analysis.
Orchiston, C., & Higham, J. E. S. (2016). Knowledge management and tourism recovery (de) marketing: the Christchurch earthquakes 2010–2011. Current Issues in Tourism, 19(1), 64-84 (A ranked journal)
Robinson, T., Davies, T., Wilson, T., Orchiston C. & Barth, N. (2015). Evaluation of coseismic landslide hazard on the proposed Haast-Hollyford Highway, South Island New Zealand. Georisk: Assessment and management of risk for engineered systems and geohazards.
Orchiston, C., Vargo, J & Seville, E. (2014). Regional and sub-sector impacts of the Canterbury earthquake sequence for tourism businesses. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. vol. 29 (4): 32-37.
Orchiston C., Vargo, J., & Seville, E. (2013). Insurance in the tourism sector after the Christchurch earthquakes. Australia New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, vol. 36 (4): 20-23.
Orchiston, C. (2013). Tourism business preparedness, resilience and disaster planning in a region of high seismic risk: the case of the Southern Alps. Current Issues in Tourism, vol. 16 (5): 477-494. (A ranked journal)
Orchiston, C. (2012). Seismic risk scenario planning and sustainable tourism management: Christchurch and the Alpine Fault zone, South Island, New Zealand. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, vol. 20 (1): 59-79. (A* ranked journal)