CUR’s Climate Change & Resilience Group actively engages with the challenges society faces in planning for and acting on a changing climate in the context of social shifts and other environmental change.
Our aim is to build links between multiple theoretical, disciplinary and practical perspectives in order to foster insightful and useful research, and to facilitate productive trans-disciplinary interchanges between diverse researchers, practitioners and policymakers.
We work across three main themes:
Disaster, Risk and Resilience
With climatic extremes becoming more frequent and severe, the risks of disasters are increasing especially for those experiencing longer-term vulnerabilities. CC&R researchers explore the many practical and political aspects of disasters, including questions of risk, vulnerability and adaptation, and response, recovery and resilience. They combine critical understanding of the limitations of key concepts with empathetic engagement with practitioners and policy makers’ needs.
Decarbonisation and urban transitions
In the face of the need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a growing number of cities are pushing forward ambitious decarbonisation plans. Research is needed to analyse these commitments and propositions in terms of effectiveness and underlying assumptions. CC&R researchers are working with Australian and international cities to help understand the challenges involved, promote knowledge sharing between cities, and ultimately help facilitate a rapid transition to a low carbon future.
Connecting research, policy and practice in dynamic contexts
Addressing climate change involves uncertainties, complexities and diverse perspectives alongside issues of governance, institutions, and public policy. Understanding and negotiating this context requires development and effective use of research and other forms of knowledge and experience. To facilitate informed interactions between research, policy, and practice, CC&R researchers actively engage with practitioners, policy actors, and other researchers to articulate and apply theoretical and practical frameworks and processes aimed at supporting our capacity to address the many challenges of a changing climate.