Carrie Wilkinson


PhD title: Beyond Mains Water: A study of households that are self-sufficient for water in regional NSW

My doctoral research focuses on the practices and experiences of households that are self-sufficient for water in regional New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Specifically, I am interested in residents’ engagements with the materiality of non-mains water sources and infrastructure, namely the rainwater tank and rainwater. By taking seriously the vitality of rainwater and the infrastructure of rainwater tanks in domestic water relations I aim to better understand the vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities of households that are self-sufficient for water in a changing climate. My exploration of domestic water relations is informed by more-than-human geographies and research praxis.


Journal Papers

Wilkinson, C., Gibbs, L. and Waitt, G. (2019), The questionnaire survey as more-than-human achievemen", Area

Eriksen, C. and Wilkinson, C. (2017), Examining the perceptions of luck in post-bushfire sense-making in Australia, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 242-250

Wilkinson, C., Eriksen, C. and Penman, T. (2016), Into the Firing Line: Civilian Ingress during the 2013 ‘Red October’ Bushfires, Australia, Natural Hazards, 80(1), 521-538 

Eriksen, C., Waitt, G., and Wilkinson, C. (2015), Gendered Dynamics of Wildland Firefighting in Australia, Society and Natural Resources, 29(11), 1296-1310

Wilkinson, C. and Eriksen, C. (2015), Fire, and Everyday Life: Bushfire and household defence in a changing climate, Fire Safety Journal, vol. 78, pp.102-110

Wilkinson, C., Waitt, G. and Gibbs, L. (2014) Understanding Place as “Home” and “Away” through Practices of Bird-watching, Australian Geographer, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 205 – 220


Wilkinson, C., Eriksen, C. and Penman, T. (2014) “Lessons from the State Mine Fire: a post-fire analysis of preparedness and risk in the Blue Mountains, NSW”, in Bradstock, R. et al Social Construct of Fuels in the Interface, Report to the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), pp. 77 – 104


  • 2016 Recipient of competitive travel scholarship from the NCCARF Vulnerable Communities Network to attend the NCCARF-CSIRO Conference
  • 2013 NSW Geographical Society Jim Rose Geography Award for Highly Commended Presentation on a Human Geography topic
  • 2013 Illawarra Prize for Highest Mark (First Class) in Bachelor of Science Honours Fourth Year Earth and Environmental Sciences