Dr Paul Barnes

Dr Paul Barnes

Research Fellow
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Risk & Organisational Analysis) - Graduate School of Environmental Science & Engineering - Griffith University, Brisbane, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science - School of Australian Environmental Studies - Griffith University, Brisbane, 1987)
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

Dr Paul Barnes is the Judith Neilson Research Fellow in Disaster Resilience within the School of Built Environment and Coordinator of the UNSW-wide Resilient Futures Collective. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Sciences and a Doctorate examining risk perception and organisational risk management within emergency response agencies. 

Paul has over 25 years of experience within public sector emergency management and as a practitioner-academic in risk and crisis management.  He previously served at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute where he established and lead the Risk and Resilience Program.  Prior to ASPI Paul served in a continuing academic role at the Queensland University of Technology and coordinated the Infrastructure Research Program at the Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management (CEDM).  As a Co-chief investigator and researcher, Paul has attracted more than $8M in external grant funding from sources ranging from the Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage), the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) and the Defence Science Technology Group. 

He has experience in specialist public sector management roles focused on emergency and risk management, security policy development and as a tenured academic.  He has completed projects for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, the European Commission (European Research Agency) and the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk assessment frameworks.  

He currently maintains memberships of the World Economic Forum Expert Network (Risk & Resilience), the International Military Council on Climate and Security (Washington DC), UN Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) Working Group(s), and is a (non-Resident) Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

He also serves as a on the Advisory Board of the Torrens Resilience Initiative, Flinders University, Australia and as an adjunct Associate Professor within the School of Engineering and Information Management at the University of New South Wales/Australian Defence Force Academy.

  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Barnes P, 2022, 'What’s in a name? Deconstructing risk and resilience', in Lukasiewicz A; O'Donnell T (ed.), Complex Disasters: Compound, Cascading & Lingering Disasters, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-2428-6
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Barnes P; Oloruntoba R, 2013, 'The co-evolution of safety cultures and crisis management capacities in maritime trading systems', in Risk Management in Port Operations, Logistics and Supply-Chain Security, pp. 203 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315850504
  • Journal articles | 2017
    Amarasinghe P; Liu A; Egodawatta P; Barnes P; McGree J; Goonetilleke A, 2017, 'Modelling Resilience of a Water Supply System under Climate Change and Population Growth Impacts', Water Resources Management, 31, pp. 2885 - 2898, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11269-017-1646-1
    Journal articles | 2016
    Amarasinghe P; Liu A; Egodawatta P; Barnes P; McGree J; Goonetilleke A, 2016, 'Quantitative assessment of resilience of a water supply system under rainfall reduction due to climate change', Journal of Hydrology, 540, pp. 1043 - 1052, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.07.021
    Journal articles | 2015
    Denman S; Kleinschmidt T; Ryan D; Barnes P; Sridharan S; Fookes C, 2015, 'Automatic surveillance in transportation hubs: No longer just about catching the bad guy', Expert Systems with Applications, 42, pp. 9449 - 9467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2015.08.001
    Journal articles | 2015
    Mardiasmo D; Barnes P, 2015, 'A Pandora box effect to state asset management reform in DIY Yogyakarta', Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering, vol. 19, pp. 1173 - 1187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09507-3_99
    Journal articles | 2008
    Barnes P, 2008, 'Going to extremes', Fire Risk Management, pp. 28 - 31
    Journal articles | 2007
    Barnes P; Charles MB; Branagan M; Knight A, 2007, 'Intelligence and anticipation: Issues in security, risk and crisis management', International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 7, pp. 1209 - 1223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJRAM.2007.015302
    Journal articles | 2007
    Charles MB; Barnes P; Ryan N; Clayton J, 2007, 'Airport futures: Towards a critique of the aerotropolis model', Futures, 39, pp. 1009 - 1028, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2007.03.017
    Journal articles | 2005
    Barnes P; Oloruntoba R, 2005, 'Assurance of security in maritime supply chains: Conceptual issues of vulnerability and crisis management', Journal of International Management, 11, pp. 519 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2005.09.008
    Journal articles | 2002
    Barnes P, 2002, 'Approaches to community safety: Risk perception and social meaning', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 17, pp. 15 - 23
    Journal articles | 2001
    Barnes P, 2001, 'Regulating safety in an unsafe world (risk reduction for and with communities)', Journal of Hazardous Materials, 86, pp. 25 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0304-3894(01)00249-7
  • Reports | 2021
    Arbon P; Muller R; Crouch R; Bourke A; Filinkov A; Nunes-Vaz R; Bilusich D; Varona G; Barnes P, 2021, Modern Deterrence, DSTG-TR-3799
    Other | 2020
    Barnes P, 2020, Should Cities be built with pandemics in mind?, Asia & Pacific Policy Forum, https://www.policyforum.net/should-cities-be-built-with-pandemics-in-mind/
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Mardiasmo D; Sampford C; Barnes P, 2015, 'Stagnancy in Indonesia's Reformed State Asset Management Policies and Practices: A Wicked Problem?', in Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering, pp. 443 - 457, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06966-1_40
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2013
    Barnes P; Goonetilleke A, (ed.), 2013, 'Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction', Brisbane, presented at 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal, Brisbane, 08 July 2013 - 10 July 2013, https://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au/2213/7/__staffhome.qut.edu.au_staffgroupr%24_rogersjm_Desktop_Proceedings%20of%20the%209th%20annual%20international%20conference%20of%20the%20international%20institute%20for%20infrastructure%20renewal%20and%20reconstruction.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Low R; Burdon M; Christensen S; Duncan W; Barnes P; Foo E, 2010, 'Protecting the protectors: Legal liabilities from the use of Web 2.0 for Australian disaster response', in International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings, pp. 411 - 418, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2010.5514614
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Corpuz MS; Barnes P, 2010, 'Integrating information security policy management with corporate risk management for strategic alignment', in WMSCI 2010 - The 14th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings, pp. 337 - 342

  • Disaster Risk-reduction & Resilience in socio-technical systems

  • Risk Management & Organisational Resilience

  • National-level Risk Assessment