Disaster Risk Management Trainer and Professional Development Adviser ,
Secretariat of the Pacific Community


Kirstie Méheux is a disaster risk management professional at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, specialising in training and professional development of personnel in risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Kirstie has operational experience in disaster response in both Fiji and Australia. Kirstie is also an experienced researcher in the field of disaster management in Pacific Island Countries. Kirstie has delivered training in 12 Pacific island Countries and Territories. Prior to joining SPC, Kirstie worked with Australian Red Cross in their Emergency Services Team, responsible for the recruitment, training, and deployment of volunteers within Australia. Kirstie has also held Visiting Fellowships at the University of New South Wales and Fiji National University with whom she is partnering to develop a Post Graduate Certificate Programme in Disaster Risk Management.

Qualifications and credentials
PhD, 2004-2007, Completed, Macquarie University
MSc (Disaster Management by Research), 2002-2003, Completed, Coventry University
BSc (Hons) Development and Health in Disaster Management, 1999-2002, Completed, Coventry University
Training of Trainers in fisheries and aquaculture emergency response, 24-29 March 2015, Completed, Food and Agriculture Organisation
Sphere Handbook Training of Trainers, 8-13 April 2013, Completed, RedR Australia
Gender and Climate Change Toolkit - Training of Trainers, 5-7 June 2014, Completed, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, 2012, Completed, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre
Post Disaster Needs Assessment / Damage and Loss Assessment (PDNA/DaLA) Train the Trainer, February 2010, Completed, World Bank and United Nations
Introduction to Online Teaching, 2011, Completed, Fiji National University
English, Excellent, Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
Work experience
Capacity building specialist
Training and Facilitation
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Senior Adviser, Disaster Risk Management Training and Professional Development, Suva, Fiji, Fiji - Regional Training Course, Course Organiser and Trainer, Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development - Regional Training Course, In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), SPC organised and delivered a five day training for representatives from the Nation, Cook Islands, FSM, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Senior Adviser, Training and Capacity Building, Pacific Disaster Risk Management (Training) Programme 2, This project provided Disaster Risk Management training services to eight Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Trainer, Climate and Disaster Resilience Planning for Broadcasters, The project, led by SPREP in partnership with SPC provided training to national broadcasters in climate change and disaster risk management and suppor
Australian Red Cross, Emergency Services Coordinator, Sydney, Australia, Australia, Team Member, National Registration and Inquiry System - Upgrade and redevelopment, This project upgraded the National Registration and Inquiry System (NRIS) that is used to register people in areas affected by disasters within Austra
Natural Hazards Research Laboratory, University of New South Wales, Visiting Research Fellow, Sydney, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Principal Investigator, Integrating participatory disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to enhance community, A research project funded by AusAID’s Australian Development Research Award Scheme. The research developed case studies of integrated disaster risk ma
Integrating community based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: Examples from the Pacific., Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (European Geosciences Union), http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/11/101/2011/nhess-11-101-2011.html
Operational Challenges to community participation in post-disaster damage assessments: some observations from Fiji., Disasters (Wiley), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-7717.2010.01185.x/abstract
Natural hazard impacts in small island developing states: A review of current knowledge and future research needs., Natural Hazards (Springer), http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-006-9001-5
Tourist sector perceptions of natural hazards in Vanuatu and the implications for a small island developing state., Tourism Management (Elsevier), http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261517704001700
Developing methods to measure the impacts of tropical cyclones in communities in Fiji, GEOQuest Research Centre, University of Wollongong
Tourist sector perceptions of natural hazards in a Small Island Developing State: a preliminary study and recommendations for an awareness strategy in, Coventry University, http://www.grif.umontreal.ca/pages/papers2004/Paper%20-%20Meheux%20K,%20Parker%20E.pdf
Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: The challenge of integration, University of New South Wales, http://www.pacificdisaster.net/pdnadmin/data/original/UNSW_2010_DRR_CCA_Pacific.pdf
Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific, Climate and Development (Taylor and Francis Online), http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2011.624791#.VcFBnPmqqko