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 and cultural dimensions of governance and public policy in climate change adaptation, with a particular interest in transformative adaptation that supports social-ecological sustainability and justice. As an interdisciplinary social researcher with an extensive background in public administration, Karyn’s work is policy-orientated, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative. She currently leads a number of major climate change adaptation collaborations with State and local governments, and several authorities.

Karyn is also currently the lead team member for a major RMIT project called Policy@RMIT (P@R). Led by Professor Jago Dodson, this project aims to understand and enable researchers and policy practitioners to work collectively to support evidence-informed decision-making relating to major policy and societal issues. In a partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), P@R provides an opportunity for policy practitioners and researchers to step out the busyness of their day-to-day work to examine such issues, and identify what it is DELWP and RMIT want to do, learn, know, and try – together – as we tackle these challenges.

P@R has three main elements:

  • An overarching study identifying ‘best practice’ institutional structures and processes to support research contributions to public policy;
  • Co-producing a suite of policy-relevant research with DELWP; and
  • Capacity building activities for both RMIT researchers and DELWP staff.
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Projects

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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News & Blog

High energy costs make vulnerable households reluctant to use air conditioning: study

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

Three researchers from the Centre for Urban Research have been recognised by RMIT University for their outstanding research contributions and industry collaboration.

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Publications