1980 …2018

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My research focus is in sustainable development, particularly focused on climate change adaptation, in the tourism industry and especially with regard to the Canberra Region. My interest is how businesses, particularly in the tourism industry identify, analyse, strategise and develop responses to climate change.  I am also interested in regional development more broadly, especially in the Canberra Region.

I explored these issues partly as an element of my PhD work on policy responses to climate change in the tourism industry, partly through part time employment in the Tourism Program, and also through my research work with Canberra Urban and Regional Futures.  These build on previous careers in ecophysiology at ANU and CSIRO, and policy and advising in the ACT Government on economic development, tourism and governance.

Recent activity in these areas resulted in co-authored publications including Climate Adaptation Sector Review Informing the Future Direction for the ACT and Region (CURF, 2014); Coastal Urban Climate Futures in South East Australia: from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2013);  A Scoping study for a knowledge portal for the Australian Capital Region (CURF, 2012); and  Connecting leading research and practice for a sustainable Australian Capital Region (CURF, 2015).

Research interests

Member of Climate Change Adaptation Resilience and Recovery Network

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Policy responses to climate change in the Australian tourism industry: The case of Canberra, ACT

Award Date: 10 Oct 2019

Master, Master of Public Administration

Award Date: 21 Jun 1994

Grad Dip Legal Studies, University of Canberra

Award Date: 21 Jun 1986

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, University of Wollongong

Award Date: 21 Jun 1977


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