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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. 



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


30 Sep 20162 Jul 2018

Doctor of Social Science, University of Aberdeen

31 Oct 20064 Jul 2013

Master of Research, University of Aberdeen

20 Sep 200431 Oct 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Aberdeen

20 Sep 200028 Jul 2004

External positions

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

8 Jan 2018 → …

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resident Social Sciences
environmental pollution Social Sciences
disaster Earth & Environmental Sciences
geography Social Sciences
resilience Social Sciences
hazard Earth & Environmental Sciences
planning conception Social Sciences
event Social Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2019

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

environmental pollution
environmental hazard

What evidence is available to translate into planning strategies for healthy higher density living?

Connon, I. L. C., Prior, J., Kent, J. L., Thompson, S., Rissel, C., McIntyre, E., Adams, J., Capon, A., Thomas, L. & Westcott, H., 12 Aug 2019, Sydney: Landcom. 250 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
planning conception
development policy
research project

Young, Mobile, but Alone in the Cold and Dark: Experiences of Young Urban In-Migrants during Extreme Weather Events in the UK

Connon, I. L. C., Jun 2019, Emerging Voices in Natural Hazards Research. Rivera, F. (ed.). 1 ed. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann

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

young adult
social process
2 Citations (Scopus)
23 Downloads (Pure)

A geography of residents' worry about the disruptive effects of contaminated sites

Prior, J. H., Gorman-Murray, A., McIntyre, E., Connon, I., Adams, J. & Madden, B., 6 Nov 2018, In : Geographical Research. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
health geography
environmental pollution
2 Citations (Scopus)
65 Downloads (Pure)

Built Environment Interventions for Human and Planetary Health: Integrating Health in Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation

Prior, J. H., Connon, I. L. C., McIntyre, E., Jon, A., Capon, A., Kent, J., Rissel, C., Thomas, L. E., Thompson, S. M. & Westcott, H., 6 Dec 2018, In : Public Health Research and Practice. 28, 4, p. 1-5 5 p., e2841831.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Climate Change
City Planning
Health Planning


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

Irena Connon (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Highly Commended Award for Best Publication

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

urban planning
public health

Teaching Award: Supporting Students Category

Irena Connon (Recipient), 30 Jun 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)