Dr Caroline Orchiston is Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She has an interest in resilience from the perspectives of tourism and communities, particularly in the context of natural hazard events.
Sustainable: Traditionally it’s always been about preserving what we have now in such a way that it doesn’t encroach on the futures ability to do so.
Success: Successfully negotiating parenthood and staying in academia as well as writing my thesis!
Activist: I love activism, personally I choose to do other things in my life to create action but I’m fully supportive of activists. I do think it is very important to make a difference at some point in your life.
Motivation: Just doing work that might have some positive environmental or societal impact.
Miracle: My miracle would be that people start accepting people of other religions and cultural perspectives, I think that would make the world a much happier place.
Advice: Engage with your community, figure out what is happening locally, if a disaster occurs those connections will be really helpful… as well as trying and find value in everything that you are doing!