• PY1101: Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice (Level 1; TSV)
  • PY1102: Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality (Level 1; TSV)
  • PY1106: Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating and Disseminating (Level 1; TSV)
  • PY2104: Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health (Level 2; TSV)
  • PY3111: Population Clinical Health Promotion and Communication (Level 3; TSV)
  • PY5007: Health and Rehabilitation (Level 5; TSV)
  • I am interested in groups and organisations that aim to improve outcomes for people working in primary industries, such as agriculture and aquaculture industries. I am also interested in working with those who aim to improve outcomes for people living in rural and remote communities, particularly in Northern Australia.
  • My principal research interests lie in rural health, sustainability and development. My past research has predominantly investigated factors affecting farming sustainability and farm family health from occupational perspectives. My current research interests have evolved to investigate adaptation to sustainability challenges that have arisen from increased climate variability. As such, my research focus presently includes other unique working environments in rural and remote areas, such as the FIFO workforce in the mining industry, commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries in Northern Australia. Additionally, in line with my interest in rural communities’ capacity to adapt to and cope with climate change and variability challenges, my research also focuses on people’s ability to effectively prepare for and be resilient to extreme weather event threats (e.g. cyclones).
  • First Year Psychology Coordinator; Health Psychology; Psychology of Disasters
  • 2016 to present - Lecturer (B), Discipline of Psychology,, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Early Career Development Fellow, Lecturer (B), Discipline of Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Sessional lecturer, Tutor & Research Assistant, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - Award of Academic Excellence (Cum Laude) for PhD Thesis (conferred 2012)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 37+ research outputs authored by Dr Connar McShane from 2009 onwards.

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QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Research Fellowship

A smartphone-based decision tool to stimulate cyclone mitigation.

Indicative Funding
$180,000 over 4 years
Issues surrounding losses to the community from cyclone damage and associated premium affordability in Queensland have been highlighted with the advent of the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce, a Productivity Commission review and a number of Australian Government Actuary reports. Their findings based on consultation with communities, governments and industry show benefits to be achieved from mitigation (e.g., to improve structural aspects of buildings to reduce damage from future severe wind events). The goal of this project is to develop and actionable, research-based approach to mitigation in Queensland and other wind-prone regions of Australia. However, engineering solutions to vulnerability are only effective if widely implemented, requiring an appreciation of factors that homeowners reflect on when considering mitigation. Therefore, this project will also identify drivers of homeowner engagement. Coupling engineering analysis with effective methods of incentivising homeowner engagement, a vehicle for risk communication will be developed in the form of a mobile application. An alpha version of the decision-support tool will be constructed and tested for effectiveness. The benefits to Queensland include simulation of mitigation action among homeowners, reduction of loss and suffering from severe wind events and insurance premium reductions from enhanced housing resilience.
Daniel Smith, Anne Swinbourne, David Henderson, Connar McShane and David Prevatt (College of Science & Engineering, College of Healthcare Sciences and University of Florida)
Vulnerability; Tropical Cyclone; resilient residence; Risk Communication; Hurricanes; wind engineering

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change in the Tropics: Livelihood Sustainability of North Queensland Commercial Fishers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating Effective Communication of Climate Change: The Application of a 'Story Telling' Model (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Application of Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) to Explain Cyclone Mitigation Behaviours (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Resilience of Mining Communities Throughout Different Stages of Mining Activity (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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