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AUBEA Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers

Professor Gabrielle Wallace

Professor Gabrielle Wallace

Professor Gabrielle Wallace, Adjunct Professor with the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Western Sydney University (WSU)

Professor Gabrielle Wallace recently joined Western Sydney University (WSU) as Adjunct Professor with the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Prior to September 2018, she held senior executive roles in New South Wales (NSW) Government as Director Building Professionals Board (BPB) and Director WHS Roadmap 2022 Coordination and was a member of Board of the BPB.

Prof Wallace is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Western Sydney University’s Postgraduate Construction Management Committee and has sat on various NSW government committees associated with her roles such as NSW Building Regulators’ Committee and the Building Regulation Advisory Committee.

In addition to being a regulatory and policy specialist, Prof Wallace has led statutory review, strategic and operational policy development and implementation, governance and risk reform, organisational transformation, customer service improvement, and fostered stakeholder engagement, leadership and collaboration at senior levels. She has addressed various industry conferences and holds a sound understanding of government processes at state and local levels. Prior to entering state government, Prof Wallace completed her PhD in political economy and held roles in building surveying and as a university lecturer.

Dr David Savage

David Savage

Dr David A. Savage, Associate Professor, Behavioural and Micro Economics
The University of Newcastle (UON)

I am a behavioural economist; my research specialisation revolves around decision-making in extreme, high-risk life and unusual environments. While this stems from a behavioural economics viewpoint, it extends into the much broader social sciences as evident of my publications across economics, social science, medicine and the physical sciences. These works have included the development of emotions, the long run impact of stress on physical and mental health and the effect of stress on decision-making factors. I seek to bring together the behavioural work of the social sciences with the empirical rigour of economics, resulting in multidisciplinary work with a clearer understanding of theory and a stronger empirical basis for the study of the decision-making. Generating new and important insights into the disaster and behavioural literature, covering the empirical analysis of decision-making, emotions, health and stress in these non-normal environments. I have a keen interest in undertaking field research, especially in relation to decision-making in disasters or extreme environments. I was part of one of the first teams to undertake a field experiment in the wake of a disaster, operating a few weeks after the 2011 Brisbane floods to examine the effect of large real losses on individual decision making (see Page et al., 2014). In 2013 and 2014 I organized and implemented two research trips to the Himalayan Mountains, specifically Namche Bazar on the trail to Mount Everest.

In my pre-academic career, I worked in the mining industry (underground) which has given me a strong appreciation of the role that industry and government play in the development and implementation of successful policy. Towards these ends, I often collaborate across disciplines and with government agencies. Academically, I collaborate with the Science and Engineering Faculty (QUT) and Business School (QUT) to create an innovative new subject in the undergraduate Science curriculum. Additionally, I collaborate with Architecture and Built Environment (UoN) by teaching into the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) program and the Masters of Disaster Resiliency (Disaster Management Economics). I collaborate with the office of the Inspector General of Emergency Management (IGEM) and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and have recently engaged with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).