john-o-groats-7Kia ora, I am a researcher, writer and tutor interested in a variety of fields across the social sciences. I currently do contract tutoring, research and communication work in these areas.

Broadly I’m interested in how research can contribute to understanding political and social challenges in our cities and communities.

Since being in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11 in Aotearoa New Zealand I have been specifically researching the role of communities in responding to and recovering from crisis and disaster.

I also have a passion for education. My background in university tutoring has led me to teaching in a diverse field of subjects. This experience, combined with my earlier work in environmental education and facilitation allow me to communicate complex ideas to a broad range of audiences for a variety of purposes.

You’ll currently find me finishing my PhD at RMIT University, Melbourne looking at the politics of community led recovery action in the Christchurch earthquake recovery.

I’m interested in exciting work opportunities in research and education. Particularly around facilitation and community engagement, emergency management and disasters, and environmental and social issues.

Practical Skills:

Qualitative research in mixed methods
Familiarity with software such as Nvivo
Project management

Preparing reports
Communicating complex ideas for different audiences
Contributing articles for the media

Five years tutoring in tertiary education
Experience coordinating a tutoring team as head tutor
Facilitator training (2008)

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at ravencretney(at)gmail.com.