Kaira Zoe Canete

Early Career Researcher - Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture

About Kaira

I am a Filipino feminist scholar with training in Anthropology and Critical Development Studies. I specialise in gender, disasters, and development. My current work focuses on expanding notions of urban disaster resilience and sustainability by centering perspectives of marginalised groups (the 'vulnerable') and advancing feminist ethics of care in disaster response and governance.


Convenor - HDRs in Development Network

Member - Asian Studies Association of Australia

Member - Development Studies Association of Australia

Member - Philippine Sociological Society

Member - Cities and Environments Research Network

Current Projects

(2016 - present)

My project critically examined ‘build back better’ disaster reconstruction of Tacloban City, Philippines following typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda from the standpoint of women. Specifically, I investigated competing views of resilience and disaster recovery and highlighted the political/ethical dimensions of housing reconstruction and relocation of disaster-affected low-income communities.

This project was supported by Endeavour Leadership Program, Medibank International Conference and Fieldwork Grant, UNSW FASS HDR Research Funding, UNSW Equity Scholarship, UNSW Completion Scholarship.

Relevant Publications

Related SDGs:

  • SDG5: Gender Equality
  • SDG10: Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities