Dr Iraphne Childs

Honorary Senior Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


Dr. Childs has taught into several courses in GPEM/SEES and has been involved with research projects in the Queensland Centre for Population Research and on slum upgrading in Southeast Asia. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Geography at QUT where she directed the Geography program and taught in Human, Australian and Asia-Pacific Geography and Environmental Hazards. During 2010 she was Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Resources at QUT. Dr. Childs previously held teaching and research positions in the former Dept. of Geography at UQ, the East-West Center in Hawaii. She holds a Masters degree in Japanese language and has lived and worked in Japan for several years. She volunteers with the Australian Red Cross in Queensland and over the past few years has been deployed with Red Cross to assist in evacuation centres in several parts of Queensland during cylcone and flood emergencies.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, University of Hawaii
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hawaii


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Book Chapter

  • Minnery, John and Childs, Iraphne (2017). Natural hazards governance in Australia. Oxford research encyclopedia of natural hazard science. (pp. 1-37) New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.241

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PhD and MPhil Supervision