CUR’s Climate Change & Resilience Group actively engages with the challenges society faces in understanding, planning for, and acting in response to a changing climate, including the imperative to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, adapt to multiple concurrent changes and build resilience.
Researchers in the group build links between theoretical and practical perspectives to deliver relevant and impactful research that supports practitioners, policy-makers, communities and organisations.
CC&R researchers work in inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams across the following themes:
Climate change adaptation & Disaster risk reduction
CC&R research projects explore how governments, agencies, businesses, communities, and society might better prepare for and adapt with a changing climate. Our research contributes to understanding:
Governance & policy
CC&R’s research explores how practices and theories of governance do and might engage with the challenges presented by climate change, including questions of power, structures and processes, engagement, and inclusion of multiple perspectives. In this work, CC&R researchers engage with practitioners, policy makers and administrators, and other researchers.
In urban, peri-urban, and regional areas, CC&R research draws from a range of disciplines to explore ideas of human-environment interactions and social-ecological systems, and understand the implications and possibilities for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Our researchers work with practitioners, policy-makers, and communities to investigate the social and ecological consequences of different perspectives on ‘nature’ and the ‘place’ of humans therein. Projects also explore the challenges of natural resource management and conservation within a changing climate.
Sustainable and just transitions
Achieving environmentally and socially just and sustainable transitions is a fundamental climate change challenge. CC&R research explores and helps respond to uneven climate change impacts across social and ecological realms to support more just, ethical, and resilient cities and regions. This includes research into ways to support the transition to lower carbon economies, ameliorate its uneven implications for different communities, and foster positive outcomes.
Mitigation & energy
Understanding the social and political drivers of low-emissions development underpins CC&R research on sustainable and just energy futures.
CC&R researchers work with a diverse range of small, medium, and large organisations, corporate entities, and communities to respond to the challenges of a changing climate. We work with: