Dr. Katie Potts

Dr. Katie Potts

Research Fellow

Dr Katie Potts is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Disaster Management & Public Safety (CDMPS) at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and obtained a Bachelor degree in Geomatic Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2009.

Dr Potts has a broad research interests including disaster management, risk management, land administration, and disaster risk reduction. Her current research includes the development of a decision support system for urban disasters, investigation into Australian land administration systems and risk management processes within Australia to determine how land and property information can support societal risk management, and investigation into optimum economic policy option to recover or minimise the adverse effects of natural hazards through the development of  a pre-disaster multi-hazard damage and economic loss estimation model.


  1. Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System (IDDSS)

This project, founded by the Department of Justice, started as a proof of concept for supporting urban disasters management. It integrates a smart geospatial platform with an advanced modelling, optimization and simulation engine and aggregates multiple open-sourced frameworks for geospatial analysis, modelling and visualization.

IDDSS won the Resilient Australia Award in September 2014.

  1. Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP)

The Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) is an initiative under a partnership between IBM Research-Australia and Melbourne University and is a next generation open standards-based IT platform aimed at improving disaster management, protecting communities and potentially saving lives. The Platform will facilitate informed decision-making by communicating the information, via various channels and at appropriate levels of detail, to the wide spectrum of people involved in making emergency decisions – from the central coordinating agencies that are charged with directing activities, to on-ground emergency services personnel, through to the local community.

3. Pre-disaster multihazard damage and economic loss estimation model

This project is funded through the bushfire and natural hazards cooperative research centre (BNHCRC) and aims to identify the optimum economic policy options to recover or minimise the adverse effects of natural hazards.

At the national level it will investigate the economic impact of natural disasters on sectoral growth of the Australian economy. At the state level it will assess the multi-hazard risks, and estimate the potential damages and economic losses. This project will focus on Victoria, with emphasis on three types of natural disasters – bushfires, flood and earthquakes.

4. Global Disaster Management Platform (GDMP): Extending the ADMP Initiative

In line with the recent expansion and activity across disaster management and the ADMP strategy, this project will facilitate collaboration with Latin America and wider societies for the development of disaster management research and engagement. The GDMP will leverage the significant related expertise in the University of Melbourne, IBM – Research Australia, Samsung, the University of Hong Kong and IIT Madras in India. There are many other groups around Australia and the globe also researching and designing disaster-management IT tools, often in isolation so the GDMP will become a platform that enables quality, disaster-management innovators to plug in and be part of an open standards based ‘system of systems’.

5. Disaster Management Research Register (DMRR)

The Disaster Management Research Register (DMRR) is a website which collates disaster management related research taking place worldwide. It provides a forum for researchers to share and become aware of different disaster related research taking place – no matter the hazard, the disaster phase under focus, or the country being studied.

Researchers from ALL countries and ALL organizations can list information about their research projects and view information about other research projects taking place. The DMRR aims to nurture collaboration, sharing, and breakthroughs in the realm of disaster management. The aim is to make a difference in the area of disaster management research through increasing awareness of the advances, developments and initiatives underway in the area of disaster management.