• 23 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20122020

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr. Irena L. C. Connon (PhD, MRes, MA(Hons), FHEA, PG Cert) is a Social Anthropologist and Transdisciplinary Researcher whose research interests and experience span:

  • 1) Understanding human experiences of environmental hazards, including oil spills, extreme weather, and industrial legacy contamination;
  • 2) Enhancing inclusion in policies and practices of Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • 3) Improving hazard risk communication;
  • 4) Understanding the drivers of energy deprivation;
  • 5) Geography of worry and emotional affect, particularly in the disaster response context
  • 6) Translating research evidence into policy for improving higher density living for human health and environmental sustainability, and, most recently,
  • 7) Environmental hazards, planetary health and climate change adaptation and mitigation for higher density urban environments.

Irena has extensive experience undertaking qualitative research, particularly long-term ethnographic research, in various locations across the globe. She also has experience using quantitative methods and in analysing statistical data. She has published a total of 16 peer reviewed academic outputs to date, including articles in high ranked international journals and book chapters in edited volumes. In 2017, she received an ‘Outstanding’ award from Innovate UK for her contribution to knowledge exchange. Irena contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, postgraduate MSc and PhD supervision, and curriculum development. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PG Cert in Academic Practice in Higher Education.

Research interests

Human responses to environmental hazards and disasters; Anthropology of disasters; Geography of disasters; Disaster vulnerabilities; Environmental sustainability and water security; Energy justice and policy; Indigenous and alternative models of development; Human-environmental relations in human security debates; Disaster management, planning, prevention and preparedness; capacity building, education and transformation for sustainability; Hazard risk and communication; Gender in disaster risk and response; Decision-making and tolerance of change in transformation for sustainable livelihoods and hazard risk reduction; Planetary health, hazard risk reduction, adaptation and mitigation of anthropogenic climate change in the urban built environment; Geographies of worry and emotion; Critical geography, Translational and policy relevant research; Ethnographic method; Transdisciplinary research; Multi and interdisciplinary research; Mixed method research. 

 

Teaching

2018:  (UTS)

PhD Second Supervisor; 

MSc Dissertation Supervisor;

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor;

Lecturer/Co-Coordinator: Level 5 Postgraduate MSc module - Environment, Health and Sustainability (UTS) 

Lecturer/Coordinator: Level 3 Human Geographies of Environmental Hazards and Disasters

Lecturer/Supervisor: Level 4 Dissertation Module 

Lecturer: Level 1: Introduction to Geography A

 

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert THE, University of Dundee

30 Sep 201631 Jul 2018

Award Date: 31 Jul 2018

Unknown

30 Sep 20162 Jul 2018

Award Date: 2 Jul 2018

Doctor of Social Science, University of Aberdeen

31 Oct 20064 Jul 2013

Award Date: 4 Jul 2013

Master of Research, University of Aberdeen

20 Sep 200431 Oct 2006

Award Date: 31 Oct 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Aberdeen

20 Sep 200028 Jul 2004

Award Date: 28 Jul 2004

External positions

Research Fellow (Principal Investigator) and Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

8 Jan 2018 → …

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Research Output

Failure to Consider Local Political Processes and Power Relations in the Development of a Transdisciplinary Research Project Plan: Learning Lessons from a Stormy Start

Connon, I. L. C., 3 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary ‘Failures’ as Lessons Learned – A Cautionary Tale. Fam, D. & O'Rourke, M. (eds.). Routledge, 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • How does living with a disability affect resident worry about environmental contamination? A study of a long-term pervasive hazard

    Connon, I. L. C., Prior, J. H., McIntyre, E., Adams, J. & Madden, B., 12 Jun 2019, In : Environmental Hazards. 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The role and influence of women in the workforce and practice of complementary and integrative medicine: Contemporary trends and future prospects

    Adams, J., Sibbritt, D., Prior, J., Connon, I. L. C., McIntyre, E., Dunston, R., Lauche, R. & Frawley, J., 31 Jan 2019, Women's Health and Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Adams, J., Steel, A., Broom, A. & Frawley, J. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • The use of self-care practices and products by women with chronic illness: A case study of older women with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis

    Adams, J., Prior, J., Sibbritt, D., Connon, I. L. C., Dunston, R., McIntyre, E. & Lauche, R., 31 Jan 2019, Women's Health and Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Adams, J., Broom, A., Steel, A. & Frawley, J. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine as Self-Care in Chronic Illness: A Focus Upon Stroke and Older Adults

    Adams, J., Peng, W., Prior, J. H., Dunston, R., McIntyre, E., Connon, I. L. C., Sibbritt, D., Broom, A., Davidson, P. & Leech, B., 21 Jan 2019, Health Services Research in Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Health Care: International Perspectives.. Adams, J. (ed.). World Scientific Publishing Company, p. 163-178 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Prizes

    Award for 'Outstanding' contribution to Knowledge Exchange, Partnership and Impact

    Connon, Irena (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Highly Commended Award for Best Publication

    Connon, Irena (Recipient) & Prior Jason (Recipient), 1 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Teaching Award: Supporting Students Category

    Connon, Irena (Recipient), 30 Jun 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)