Associate Professor Hartmut Fünfgeld

Dr Hartmut Fünfgeld is an Associate Professor Sustainability and Urban Planning in RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

A human geographer by training, Hartmut conducts empirical social research on climate change impacts and adaptation processes. He has developed decision-support tools to help organisations adapt to climate change and regularly collaborates with government, industry and the not-for-profit sector to develop new processes and methods to respond to the challenges posed by climate change.

From 2013 to 2014, he was the Acting Director of the newly established Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, where he continues to lead and contribute to research projects.

Hartmut has ten years of experience in research, consulting and practice on climate change and sustainability with international governmental and non-governmental organisations. He has a PhD in human geography from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

In 2013, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies awarded Hartmut a Research Excellence Award.

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Climate change adaptation, Climate change impacts, Urban sustainability planning, Social vulnerability, Environmental and climate justice, Local government and urban planning.

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Projects

Balmoral Fire Connect

The Balmoral Fire Connect bring together leaders from community by working in partnership with Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre and CFA to track the flow of information and the changed practice in the community.

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Enabling east Gippsland Councils to Integrate Climate Risk and Adaptation in Local & Regional Strategies

Developing a regional framework to consider climate change impacts and adaptation options across six regional local governments, led by East Gippsland Shire Council.

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Investigating Phase 1 of the Resilient Melbourne project

An exploration of the early stages of the roll-out of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project in Melbourne showed that it has generated considerable enthusiasm.

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Enhancing networks for resilience

Developing an understanding of how social networks influence social resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

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Building resilience through translocality

Exploring translocality as a different perspective of the climate change-migration nexus.

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News & Blog

RMIT leads the conversation on climate change and the future of cities

RMIT is teaming up with industry in Europe to plan for the impacts of climate change on cities, such as droughts and flooding, and to take stock of what city leaders around the world are doing.

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Ethiopian urban research delegation visits RMIT

A visiting delegation has told of the great urban challenges Ethiopia faces due to rapid population growth, during a presentation at RMIT.

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Publications

Balmoral Fire Connect

Associate Professor Hartmut Fünfgeld, Maedeh Aboutalebi Karkarvandi

A case study of social networks and the diffusion of bushfire preparedness information in a rural community.

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Institutional Tipping Points in Organizational Climate Change Adaptation Processes

The paper reviews the conceptual value-add of the institutional tipping points concept, while also discussing its epistemological and methodological limitations.

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Enabling climate change adaptation across Gippsland local governments: Staff perceptions of adaptive capacity and regional collaboration

This report presents the findings of all project evaluation activities carried out as part of the project ‘Enabling Gippsland Councils to integrate climate risk and adaptation into local and regional strategies’, which concluded in August 2016.

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Keywords in planning: what do we mean by ‘community resilience’?

This paper offers a framework for ensuring that these important considerations are openly negotiated within transparent normative frameworks of planning policy and practice.

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Facilitating local climate change adaptation through transnational municipal networks

Fuenfgeld, H 2015, 'Facilitating local climate change adaptation through transnational municipal networks', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 12, pp. 67-73.

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Toward reflexive climate adaptation research

Preston, B, Rickards, L, Fuenfgeld, H and Keenan, R 2015, 'Toward reflexive climate adaptation research', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 14, pp. 127-135.

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Urban climate justice: creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species.

Steele, W, Mata, L and Fuenfgeld, H 2015, 'Urban climate justice: creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 14, pp. 121-126.

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Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

Moloney, S and Fuenfgeld, H 2015, '(In Press) Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne', Urban Climate, pp. 1-11.

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Facilitating adaptation: Lessons learnt from engaging and supporting the primary health and community services sector in climate change adaptation

The report focuses on findings from engagement with funded agencies and service providers in the primary health and community services sector in Victoria, but many of the points made in this report can be applied to other sectors and geographic areas in Australia.

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Opening and closing the future: climate change, adaptation and scenario planning

Rickards, L, Ison, R, Fuenfgeld, H and Wiseman, J 2014, 'Opening and closing the future: climate change, adaptation, and scenario planning', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 587-602.

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Frame divergence in climate change adaptation policy: insights from Australian local government planning

Fuenfgeld, H and McEvoy, D 2014, 'Frame divergence in climate change adaptation policy: insights from Australian local government planning', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 603-622.

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