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Senior LecturerMatthew Hughes

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446
Internal Phone: 94599
Integrating disaster risk and resilience, Earth and human system interdependencies, sustainable infrastructure, and dreams of space colonisation.

Research Interests

My background is in Earth and environmental science, climate change, paleoclimate and landscape evolution. Since the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence I have focussed on the impacts of disasters on infrastructure systems and communities. With a strong interest in resilience and sustainabilty, I am intersted in the future of our civilsation on Earth and beyond.

Recent Publications

  • Davies A., Zorn C., Wilson TM., Wotherspoon L., Beaven S., Davies T. and Matthew H. (2021) Infrastructure Failure Propagations and Recovery Strategies from an Alpine Fault Earthquake Scenario: Establishing Feedback Loops Between Integrated Modelling and Participatory Processes for Disaster Impact Reduction. Bulletin of the New Zealand National Society for Earthquake Engineering 54(2): 82-96.
  • Wilkinson C., Macfarlane AH., Hikuroa DCH., McConchie C., Payne M., Holmes H., Mohi R. and Hughes MW. (2021) Landscape change as a platform for environmental and social healing. Kotuitui
  • Lane EM., Thomas KL., Schoenfeld MR., Wilson TM. and Hughes MW. (2020) The scientific response to the 14 November 2016 Kaikōura tsunami – Lessons learnt from a moderate event. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 47
  • Scheele F., Wilson T., Lane EM., Crowley K., Hughes MW., Davies T., Horspool N., Williams JH., Le L. and Uma SR. (2020) Modelling residential habitability and human displacement for tsunami scenarios in Christchurch, New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 43
  • Scott A., Oze C. and Hughes MW. (2020) Magnesium-Based Cements for Martian Construction. Journal of Aerospace Engineering 33(4)