Research Seminar - A River With a City Problem
Join us for this research seminar from historian Dr Margaret Cook on her book, The River with a City Problem.
|Date:||19 May 2021|
|Time:||11:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
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Dam construction bred a dependency on engineering to manage floods, rather than deploying town planning, building codes and legislation to manage floodplain development. It was easier to control the water than human behaviour, a strategy employed throughout the world. However, major floods in 1974 and 2011 proved control was illusory, destroying property and lives in Southeast Queensland.
Dr Margaret Cook is a history lecturer at the University of Sunshine Coast and holds Honorary Research Fellow positions at La Trobe University and University of Queensland. She has been a freelance historian for many years, working in the heritage, museum, government and private sectors and publishing on numerous topics. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Queensland and her current research interests include natural disasters, water politics, and the cotton industry. Her recent books are A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods and an edited collection, Disasters in Australia and New Zealand: Historical Approaches to Understanding Catastrophe. She was the recipient of the John and Ruth Kerr Medal of Distinction for excellence in history and historiography in 2020.