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Dr Julia Becker PhD, MSc

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Julia Becker is a Senior Lecturer at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University.  She undertakes social science research on a range natural hazard and environmental issues.  Her areas of expertise include perceptions, preparedness, community resilience, emergency management and warnings.  She has worked extensively in New Zealand on recent events (e.g. Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes) and internationally (e.g. U.S, Australia, Japan).

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 04 979 3604
    Location: T18
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Science - University of Waikato (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Natural hazards, earthquakes, community resilience, energency management, warnings.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Earth Sciences (040000):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs

Journal

McBride, SK., Becker, JS., & Johnston, DM. (2019). Exploring the barriers for people taking protective actions during the 2012 and 2015 New Zealand ShakeOut drills. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 37
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Nakayachi, K., Becker, JS., Potter, SH., & Dixon, M. (2019). Residents’ Reactions to Earthquake Early Warnings in Japan. Risk Analysis. 39(8), 1723-1740
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J.
Kwok, AH., Becker, J., Paton, D., Hudson-Doyle, E., & Johnston, D. (2019). Stakeholders’ Perspectives of Social Capital in Informing the Development of Neighborhood-Based Disaster Resilience Measurements. Journal of Applied Social Science. 13(1), 26-57
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Potter, SH., McBride, SK., Wein, A., Doyle, EEH., & Paton, D. (2019). When the earth doesn't stop shaking: How experiences over time influenced information needs, communication, and interpretation of aftershock information during the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 34, 397-411
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E.
Blake, D., Johnston, D., Leonard, G., McLaren, L., & Becker, J. (2018). A citizen science initiative to understand community response to the Kaikōura earthquake and Tsunami warning in petone and Eastbourne, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 108(3B), 1807-1817
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Blake, D., Johnston, D.
Doyle, EEH., McClure, J., Potter, SH., Becker, JS., Johnston, DM., Lindell, MK., . . . Coomer, MA. (2018). Motivations to prepare after the 2013 Cook Strait Earthquake, N.Z.. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 31, 637-649
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Wei, HL., Wu, HC., Lindell, MK., Prater, CS., Shiroshita, H., Johnston, DM., . . . Becker, JS. (2017). Assessment of households’ responses to the tsunami threat: A comparative study of Japan and New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 25, 274-282
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Woods, RJ., McBride, SK., Wotherspoon, LM., Beavan, S., Potter, SH., Johnston, DM., . . . Becker, JS. (2017). Science to emergency management response: Kaikōura earthquakes 2016. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. 50(2), 329-337
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Paton, D., Johnston, DM., Ronan, KR., & McClure, J. (2017). The role of prior experience in informing and motivating earthquake preparedness. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 22, 179-193
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Jon, I., Lindell, MK., Prater, CS., Huang, SK., Wu, HC., Johnston, DM., . . . Lambie, E. (2016). Behavioral response in the immediate aftermath of shaking: Earthquakes in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand, and Hitachi, Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Fraser, SA., Doyle, EEH., Wright, KC., Potter, SH., McClure, J., Johnston, DM., . . . Johal, S. (2016). Tsunami response behaviour during and following two local-source earthquakes in Wellington, New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 16, 123-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Lindell, MK., Prater, CS., Wu, HC., Huang, SK., Johnston, DM., Becker, JS., . . . Shiroshita, H. (2016). Immediate behavioural responses to earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Hitachi, Japan. Disasters. 40(1), 85-111
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Taylor, HL., Doody, BJ., Wright, KC., Gruntfest, E., & Webber, D. (2015). A review of people's behavior in and around floodwater. Weather, Climate, and Society. 7(4), 321-332
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J.
Doyle, EEH., Becker, JS., Neely, DP., Johnston, DM., & Pepperell, B. (2015). Knowledge transfer between communities, practitioners, and researchers: A case study for community resilience in Wellington, New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 19(2), 55-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D.
Potter, SH., Becker, JS., Johnston, DM., & Rossiter, KP. (2015). An overview of the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. 14, 6-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Potter, SH., Becker, JS., Johnston, DM., & Rossiter, KP. (2015). An overview of the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 14, 6-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Paton, D., Johnston, DM., & Ronan, KR. (2013). Salient beliefs about earthquake hazards and household preparedness. Risk Analysis. 33(9), 1710-1727
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Paton, D., Johnston, DM., & Ronan, KR. (2012). A model of household preparedness for earthquakes: How individuals make meaning of earthquake information and how this influences preparedness. Natural Hazards. 64(1), 107-137
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Paton, D., Johnston, DM., & Ronan, KR. (2012). A model of household preparedness for earthquakes: how individuals make meaning of earthquake information and how this influences preparedness. Natural Hazards. , 1-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Glavovic, BC., Saunders, WSA., & Becker, JS. (2010). Realising the potential of land-use planning to reduce hazard risks in New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2010(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Glavovic, B.
Becker, JS., Saunders, WSA., Robertson, CM., Leonard, GS., & Johnston, DM. (2010). A synthesis of challenges and opportunities for reducing volcanic risk through land use planning in New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2010(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Glavovic, BC., Saunders, WSA., & Becker, JS. (2010). Land-use planning for natural hazards in New Zealand: The setting, barriers, 'burning issues' and priority actions. Natural Hazards. 54(3), 679-706
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Glavovic, B.
Leonard, GS., Johnston, DM., Paton, D., Christianson, A., Becker, J., & Keys, H. (2008). Developing effective warning systems: Ongoing research at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 172(3-4), 199-215
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, J., Johnston, D., Lazrus, H., Crawford, G., & Nelson, D. (2008). Use of traditional knowledge in emergency management for tsunami hazard: A case study from Washington State, USA. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal. 17(4), 488-502
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Becker, JS., Johnston, DM., Paton, D., Hancox, GT., Davies, TR., McSaveney, MJ., . . . Manville, VR. (2007). Response to landslide dam failure emergencies: Issues resulting from the October 1999 Mount Adams landslide and dam-break flood in the Poerua River, Westland, New Zealand. Natural Hazards Review. 8(2), 35-42
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.

Book

Becker, JS., Leonard, GS., Potter, SH., Coomer, MA., Paton, D., Wright, KC., . . . Johnston, DM. (2018). Organisational Response to the 2007 Ruapehu Crater Lake Dam-Break Lahar in New Zealand: Use of Communication in Creating an Effective Response. In Advances in Volcanology. (pp. 253 - 269).
[Chapter]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.
Johnston, D., Becker, J., McClure, J., Paton, D., McBride, S., Wright, K., . . . Hughes, M. (2013). Community understanding of, and preparedness for, earthquake and tsunami risk in Wellington, New Zealand. In Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research. (pp. 131 - 148).
[Chapter]Authored by: Becker, J., Johnston, D.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 5 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Lucy Kaiser - Doctor of Philosophy
    Indigenous perspectives on climate change
  • Jose Sousa-Santos - Doctor of Philosophy
    The nexus between security climate security and state instability; How natural hazards create a permissive environment for insecurity and transnational crime.
  • Kate Akers - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding the need for, availability of, and interpretation of information by the public during large scale hazard events; co-production methods for risk mitigation and preparedness implementation.
  • Lisa McLaren - Doctor of Philosophy
    The science of extreme citizen science
  • Lesley Gray - Doctor of Philosophy
    Preparing for the big one: disaster risk reduction considerations for people with high body mass in Aotearoa New Zealand

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