Professor Lauren Rickards

Lauren is a Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Interim Director of the Urban Futures ECP and co-leader of the Climate Change Transformations research program.

Lauren Rickards is a Professor is a human geographer and ecologist by training now working primarily on climate change futures and related questions about the urban-rural and human-nature relationship.

With degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Melbourne, and experience in the private sector, Lauren conducts research on many of the social dimensions of climate change, particularly in the water and agri-food sectors and with collaborators in other disciplines and organisations.

Lauren advises a wide range of groups in government, business and the NGO sector on climate change issues and is a Lead Author with the Intergovernmental Panel in Climate Change.

Within RMIT, she has been working with others to support critical and purposeful engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and questions of research impact.

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Projects

Reducing climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions by transforming human biosolids into biochar

2018–2020

We are working with RMIT scientists and engineers to help water utilities, the Environment Protection Authority and the Victorian Government reduce climate change risks and produce new resources.

Rethinking Research Impact

2019 (ongoing)

Researchers and research institutions are increasingly required to demonstrate research impact, but what exactly is research impact and how should we approach it, given the complex challenges the world faces?

News & Blog

News

How can urban and environmental planning shape a post-pandemic future?

04 October 2020

The adversities of COVID-19 have no doubt changed the way we think about our environments. Here, our teachers discuss the role urban, regional and environmental planning has in shaping a post-pandemic future.

News

How can we better prepare suburban Melbourne for climate change?

24 September 2020

Climate change presents critical challenges for future development, sustainability and resilience across Melbourne. Here, our experts offer insights on how we can better prepare our outer suburbs.

Blog

Climate change is the most important mission for universities of the 21st century

04 June 2020

This essay is based on an episode of the UTS podcast series “The New Social Contract” that examines how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped as we live through this global pandemic.

HDR Blog series

Where am I? Locating yourself in the academic literature

29 May 2020

Doing a PhD is about becoming an academic scholar. Whether or not you want to be an academic in the future, for the period of time you are doing a PhD, you are doing an academic apprenticeship.

Media

Climate action plans must include threats on research, warn academics

24 February 2020

Research is not immune from the effects of climate change warns a new paper, urging the higher education sector to adapt their climate action plans to include the threats on research.

HDR Blog series

Becoming a writer

22 January 2020

This blog is written for HDR students in GUSS and beyond. The aim is to offer reflections, tips and tricks on various aspects of doing a PhD to help you with your thesis journey.

News

Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues

06 May 2019

Climate action is rated as a top priority among voters in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election. How does it affect other key campaign issues?

News

A sustainable future is in our hands

14 March 2019

From climate science to agricultural upcycling, and food packaging to urban farming, meet four researchers from around the world working towards a sustainable future.

Blog

Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too

19 September 2018

We are still settling Australian cities on unceded Aboriginal lands. With the global agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, development has finally come home to the developed world.

Blog

Water or coal? The increasingly clear choice

31 October 2017

Questions about the future of coal are often presented as a rational choice between energy sources with different economic costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and levels of reliability.

Blog

Climate change – an opportunity to rethink, restore and reboot

16 June 2017

While climatic changes can be hard to put a finger on, many farmers agree that their rules of thumb for how weather behaves and seasons unfold increasingly feels a bit wobbly.

News

Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience

18 October 2016

Lauren Rickards, co-leader of the Climate Change and Resilience (CCR) research program, and Raven Cretney, PhD student, represented the CUR at a recent workshop at the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) at Virginia Tech, in Arlington, Virginia.

Publications

Multispecies justice: Climate‐just futures with, for and beyond humans

Petra Tschakert , David Schlosberg , Danielle Celermajer , Professor Lauren Rickards, Christine Winter , Mathias Thaler , Makere Stewart‐Harawira , Blanche Verlie

WIRES Climate Change

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Geographies of the COVID-19 pandemic

Reuben Rose-Redwood, Rob Kitchin, Elia Apostolopoulou, Professor Lauren Rickards, Tyler Blackman, Jeremy Crampton, Ugo Rossi, Michelle Buckley

Dialogues in Human Geography

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Interventions on design and political geography

Kevin Grove, Maros Krivy, Professor Lauren Rickards, Gabriele Schliwa, Stephen Collier, Savannah Cox, Matthew Gandy

Elsevier

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The possibilities and limits to dialogue

Reuben Rose-Redwood, Rob Kitchin, Professor Lauren Rickards, Ugo Rossi, Ayona Datta, Jeremy Crampton
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