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Current Work

I am an adaptation scientist with a PhD in climate change adaptation at Griffith University based on the Gold Coast, Australia. My research is focused on understanding how, why and when people make decisions to adapt to climate change, and what role science can and should play in that process. That includes issues such as decision-making, policy development and implementation, limits to adaptation, and the gap that we often see between academic theory and real-world practical actions.

I am a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment report in Working Group II Chapter 15 Small Islands, an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021), and a Managing Editor for the Journal of Climate Risk Management. I also lead the Adaptation Science Research Theme at Cities Research Institute. All of these roles focus on understanding the core principles of climate change adaptation, and how adaptation science can play a positive role in evidence-based decision-making.


Expertise Keywords

  • Adaptation science
  • Adaptation theory
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate change adaptation policy
  • Decision making

Subject Area Codes

  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Human Geography
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Country Affiliations

  • Samoa
  • Tanzania
  • Vanuatu

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 37 (Other: 37)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Project Proposal for Honours (4029ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Project Proposal for Honours (4029ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2019.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship