David King is an Associate Professor of Geography in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, and is Director of the Centre for Disaster Studies, and the Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He has worked in North Queensland for twenty two years and was formerly at the University of Papua New Guinea for ten years.

He began his career as a school teacher on the diamond fields of Sierra Leone, turning that experience into a doctorate on the social impact of the diamond rush. His research has gone on to specialise in social impact and evaluation in such areas as planning, natural hazard vulnerability, climate change adaptation and resilience, disaster mitigation and recovery, as well as the social impact of mining projects, development projects, and census analysis. He holds a BA honours and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University.

  • EV1008: Human Geography (Level 1; TSV)
  • EV1009: Introduction to Planning (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EV1010: The Environmental Professional (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • EV2301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV2360: Population Geography and Demography (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV3606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV5301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5603: Planning Legislation and Professional Practice (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5910: Professional Planning Project (Pt 1 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 68+ research outputs authored by A/Prof David King from 2000 onwards.


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  • Political Ecology of Tourism and Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines: Batan, Boracay, and Samal Islands (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Communicating Risk in Severe Weather-Hazards, Impacts and Consequences; A no lives lost approach (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Understanding the Challenges Faced by Remote Settlements in Harsh Environments and Adaption Techniques Employed by Communities and Individuals. An Extreme Case Study. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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