Institutions, Policy and Planning

Institutions, Policy and Planning

Theme Leaders 

Dr Peter Rogers

Dr Fiona Miller

Overall aims:
The appropriateness of traditional institutional, financial and governance structures in successfully addressing global environmental problems such as climate change is increasingly being questioned. New and innovative forms of informal governance have recently emerged in the context of disaster and climate risk management. This research theme focuses on the roles and responsibilities of government, non-government and private sector stakeholders in facilitating and enabling climate change adaptation. The group analyses institutions, policies and planning processes aimed at reducing vulnerability and building resilience to climate related risks.

This theme will:
*    Provide insights into innovative governance and good practice for sustainable development in the context of a range of social and environmental changes and risks;
*    Develop and apply methods for vulnerability, resilience and adaptation research;
*    Explore the contextual opportunities, barriers and limits for climate change adaptation among different stakeholders;
*    Benchmark transformation methods among stakeholders;
*    Analyse perceptions of climate-related risks amongst the public and decision-makers;
*    Understand the role of social capital and collective action in adapting to climate change;
*    Monitor and evaluate the success of adaptation strategies 

Research theme members will build upon their existing partnerships with a range of organisations across Australia and internationally and develop new networks with relevant stakeholders. These include universities and research institutes, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the business sector. The group will meet regularly to discuss research priorities, identify opportunities for developing proposals to external funders, and to draft joint articles for academic journals.

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