Sarah Connor is a researcher within the Sustainability Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Sarah is also a tutor for the Sustainability teaching programs at USC.
Sarah’s research interests includes communicating and engaging communities to support collaborative decision making to implement appropriate planning, natural resource management and adaptation strategies. Sarah’s current focus is exploring the influence of community perceptions and attitudes on social acceptance or social licence to operate for the commercial fishing industry of South East QLD.
Sarah was previously the Research Network Coordinator for the Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions Network (SEI-network) for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). The SEI-network is a large, inclusive and diverse community of researchers, practitioners and decision makers from universities, government, the private sector and civil society.
Prior to her appointment with USC, Sarah has worked on a number of projects related to studies exploring communication and engagement to achieve environmental goals including climate change adaptation. She has conducted studies exploring the two-way exchange of scientific and Indigenous knowledge to inform climate change adaptation planning and communication products to support this planning.