Dr Megan Boston

Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Qualifications: PhD, MSE, MS, BS

Research Interests

My research area is structural engineering focusing on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. I am interested in how buildings respond to natural disasters in terms of physical damages, but also how the organizations with in the buildings fair with the damage. I do interdisciplinary research combining structural engineering, public health and sociology and use tools such as risk analysis, probability, and structural analysis to analyse and predict damages to buildings and the subsequent impacts on society. The goal of my research is to improve disaster preparedness and create resilient communities.

Teaching Commitments


Risk analysis, structural engineering, resilience, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, disaster risk reduction, critical infrastructure

Recent Publications

  • Cole, G., Rosenblum, A. J., Boston, M., & Barnett, D. J. (2020). Applying the Haddon Matrix to Hospital Earthquake Preparedness and Response. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. doi:10.1017/dmp.2020.30

  • Boston, M., Dyer, M., Dyer, R., Geremicca, F., & Shokri, A. (2019). Tokomaru Bay Wharf and heritage buildings restoration design: Innovating a holistic final year civil design project. In Proceedings of Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2019 Annual Conference. Brisbane, Australia.

  • Boston, M., & Mitrani-Reiser, J. (2018). Comparison of resilience rating systems:‎ Assessing post earthquake hospital functionality. In Proceedings of Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Los Angeles, California, USA.

  • Boston, M., & Mitrani-Reiser, J. (2018). Applying resilient rating systems for predicting continued operability of hospitals after earthquakes. In Proceedings of 17th U.S.-Japan-New Zealand Workshop on the Improvement of Structural Engineering and Resilience. Queenstown, NZ. Retrieved from

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Contact Details

Room: DE.2.01
Phone: +64 7 837 9459