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:

  • The direct and indirect implications of climate change
  • Drivers of vulnerabilities, risks and unsustainability, and the means to address these
  • Disaster risk reduction, including its role within adaptation
  • Innovative adaptation planning and action
  • How we might understand ideas of ‘successful’ adaptation
  • Interpretations and applications of concepts of resilience, transitions, and transformations
  • Decarbonisation and sustainability transitions.

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.

Environmental management

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.

Organisations we work with

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:

  • Research/educational institutions
  • Municipal governments
  • State governments
  • Federal governments
  • Statutory Authorities
  • NGOs, NFPs & Charities
  • Health & primary care providers
  • Corporate entities
  • Emergency services


Climate Adaptation Australia


The project investigates the framings and practices of local governments, community groups and NGOs as they seek to create local adaptation strategies.

Tarnagulla Community Resilience Action Plan


This project aims to develop a Resilience Action Plan with and for the Tarnagulla community.

Questioning the role of market-based instruments for conservation on private land


This project explores the tensions, assumptions and challenges of private land conservation in the context of neoliberal environmental governance.

HEET: Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions


This project aims to provide an analysis of housing retrofit and its links with household energy costs.

Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering


This co-designed project is a collaboration with the University of Western Australia and key emergency management organisations for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

Enabling sustainable management of our natural resources under a changing climate

2017 (ongoing)

This project is co-producing climate change adaptation pathways plans and action in natural resource management.

Enabling east Gippsland Councils to Integrate Climate Risk and Adaptation in Local & Regional Strategies


Developing a regional framework to consider climate change impacts and adaptation options across six regional local governments, led by East Gippsland Shire Council.

Balmoral Fire Connect


The Balmoral Fire Connect bring together leaders from community by working in partnership with Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre and CFA to track the flow of information and the changed practice in the community.

Collaborative stewardship of natural resources under a changing climate


An exploration of a pathways approach planning for climate change adaptation of natural resources in the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment.

Enhancing networks for resilience


Developing an understanding of how social networks influence social resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

Exploring the socio-institutional dimensions of transformative adaptation


This project aims to better understand drivers and limitations of ‘new forms of governance and practice’ in different policy sectors, and the implications of these insights for theories of adaptation and learning in public policy.

Key People

Lead researchers

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards

Associate Professor Lauren Rickards

Co-Convener of Climate Change and Resilience Program

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Co-Convener of Climate Change and Resilience Program

Program Researchers

Higher Degree Research Students

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