Bernd Rohrmann (Australia)
Bernd Rohrmann was the second appointed TIEMS Honorary Member.
Scientific education in Germany (Masters, PhD and Habilitation degrees). Various positions as social scientist and lecturer at research institutions and universities. Then director of a social-scientific consultancy team and visiting lecturer in Austria , Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and HongKong. Since 1993 with The University of Melbourne in Australia.
Main study areas include: Applied social research, environmental psychology, and research methodology. Special substantive interests: Risk perception/attitudes/ communication/management, impacts of environmental stressors (e.g., noise, fires), hazard appraisal and disaster preparedness, residential choice and satisfaction, decision processes and decision-aiding technologies, and teaching quality. Methodological interests: Response scales, survey methodology, evaluation research, and structural models.
Design and conduct of numerous empirical investigations; strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and applicability of findings. Regarding emergency management processes, several projects dealt with issues such as risk perception of different societal groups, improving disaster vigilance through risk communication, evaluation of community-based approaches, potential of the internet for enhancing residents' forest fire preparedness, and assessment of "fire" websites.
Also work as consultant with governmental agencies, courts and companies, on federal or state level. Publication of around 130 articles/reports/chapters/books.