Her research focuses on the human dimensions of disasters and climate change adaptation. She is an expert in disaster resilience, and her work utilises systems analysis, and measurement and decision-support methodologies.
Adriana’s research with RMIT is on systems thinking approaches to climate change adaptation in Victoria, and bushfire risk management. She has a special interest in incorporating social and environmental considerations into economic analysis and vice versa, and in meeting the research needs of policy-makers and other end-users. Her research has included food security, traditional knowledge for disaster risk management, valuing indirect and intangible disaster impacts, climate change adaptation economics under deep uncertainty, and serious gaming for capacity building and policy development.
Adriana also holds the position of Research Scholar with the Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program at the International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. She has two bachelor degrees, a Master of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University, and a Doctorate in Socioeconomics from the Vienna University of Business and Economics.