Dr John Bates

Research Director, Natural Hazards Research Australia

John Bates Dr Bates is the Research Director at Natural Hazards Research Australia, where he is responsible for the Centre’s research strategy, and for providing scientific leadership for the Centre’s research and engagement activities.

He was previously Research Director at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as Research Director, where he was responsible for managing the CRC’s research and utilisation program. Before joining the CRC, he was the founding Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

Dr Bates has formal qualifications in health and life sciences from the University of Melbourne and has worked extensively in the development, translation and commercialisation of research in industry, and in the research sector. He has significant experience in the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate education in Australia and overseas and has taught at universities in Australia and Asia. John has worked in complex environments in areas including defence, public health, animal health, transport, higher education and food. John is an active volunteer in the Victoria State Emergency Service and was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management from 2018 – 2020.

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