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David Johnston is the Professor of Disaster Management and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Formerly a Principal Scientist at GNS Science, where he worked for 25 years (1993-2018). Currently he is also the Deputy Director of the multi-institutional QuakeCoRE research programme in New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries. His research focuses on human responses to earthquake, tsunami, and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery.