Karyn’s research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of climate change adaptation governance and public policy, with a particular interest in transformative adaptation that supports climate justice. As an interdisciplinary social researcher with an extensive background in public administration, Karyn’s work is problem-focused, policy-oriented, and collaborative. She currently leads several major climate change adaptation collaborations with State and local governments, and several other government entities and community focused organisations. The research includes regional and sector-based adaptation planning, water management, community services, and disaster risk reduction. All this work is concerned with enabling decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, ambiguity, and contestation.
Karyn is also part of the Policy@RMIT (P@R) team. Led by Professor Jago Dodson, P@R is a project funded by the Urban Futures ECP that 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 partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), P@R is exploring how to enable research-policy collaborations that can help contribute to evidence-informed policy processes. You can find out more about Policy@RMIT here.