Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Karyn is a Vice Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research. She co-convenes CUR’s Climate Change and Resilience Group with Dr Lauren Rickards.

Karyn’s research focuses on the social-institutional dimensions of governance for transformative adaptation in theory and practice.

Working with various government agencies on climate change adaptation challenges, she is interested in the role of politics, cultures and norms in adaptive management and adaptive governance, and thereby our ability to transform towards social-ecological sustainability.

Her work explores these issues through the application of various planning approaches and tools in planning for climate change adaptation in public policy.

Before moving to academia, Karyn worked for many years in policy-relevant research and analysis within the government sector. Consequently she has a particular interest and involvement in the “science-policy interface” in theory and practice.

Karyn collaborates with natural resource managers, disaster managers, and more generally with local and State governments in their adaptation planning. Of current interest are the concepts and approaches known as adaptation pathways planning and sustainability transitions management.

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Enabling sustainable management of our natural resources under a changing climate

This project is co-producing climate change adaptation pathways plans and action in natural resource management.

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Heatwaves, Homes & Health

The Heatwaves, Homes & Health project investigated the impacts of electricity pricing and energy policy on heat vulnerable households.

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Exploring the socio-institutional dimensions of transformative adaptation

This project aims to better understand drivers and limitations of ‘new forms of governance and practice’ in different policy sectors, and the implications of these insights for theories of adaptation and learning in public policy.

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Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP)

SCARP was collaboration between eight natural resource management (NRM) organisations and several interdisciplinary scientists that supported development of NRM climate change plans.

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Collaborative stewardship of natural resources under a changing climate

An exploration of a pathways approach planning for climate change adaptation of natural resources in the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment.

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The trifecta of rising electricity prices, soaring temperatures and concerns over possible blackouts risks increasing heat-related deaths and illness this summer, as households struggle to afford to run cooling appliances.

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Urban researchers shine at RMIT Research Awards

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