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Sustainability Research Centre
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sustainability Research Centre (ML28)
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MAROOCHYDORE DC QLD 4558
Senior Lecturer, Human Geography
Dr Harriot Beazley is a human geographer and community development practitioner. She is experienced in rights-based research centred on children and young people, and in community-based, gender-focused research in South East Asia, especially Indonesia and Cambodia.
Deputy Head of School, School of Social Sciences, Senior Lecturer, History and Futures
Marcus is an educator and futurist. His research focus includes culture and history, anticipatory action learning, causal layered analysis, social change, adaptive capacity in sustainability. His futures research encompasses education, youth, arts, social theory, post-structuralism, and post-colonialism.
Co-leader Indigenous Studies Research Theme; Associate Professor, Geography
A/Professor Jennifer Carter is a geographer who has published on cultural competence with Indigenous students and within the context of a globalised world. She has worked on how understandings of the university as a 'place' impacts Indigenous students and how to make it a place of belonging. As a geographer she has worked on how the university as a place affects Indigenous students and she has published in decolonising geography.
Senior Lecturer in History
Dr Amy Clarke is a historian and heritage practitioner specialising in architectural and socio-cultural Australian and British colonial histories. Her research investigates the intersections of international relations, domestic politics, cultural identity and heritage in Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific.
Carmen is a human geographer with over 15 years experience working in the academic and private sectors. In the private sector, Carmen delivered climate change adaptation support to local and national governments (e.g. mainstreaming climate change into ICZM in Kiribati, Albania, the Mediterranean and Mauritius; providing policy advice to UNDP Albania, WA Department of Water and NCCARF; designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the PIFS and the Australian government; and training representatives from national and local governments in risk assessment, adaptation planning and climate financing). In the University sector, Carmen has worked on social and environmental research projects, with a coastal and/or climate change adaptation focus (e.g. across the themes of coastal management; migration; water equity and climate risk; and the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change). Carmen’s research explores human-environment interactions in the coastal zone, adopting mixed-methods approaches within an interpretivist paradigm. Her passion lies in research that can contribute to the co-design of valued futures that embrace vulnerability and change.
Senior Lecturer, Physical Geography / Program Coordinator Bachelor Environmental Science
Dr Javier Leon's is a geographer with broad interests in geomorphology and particularly interested in the study and management of coastal systems including sandy beaches and coral reefs.
Professor of Geography
For more than 30 years, Patrick has worked with Indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands to understand the nature of their culturally-grounded resilience and attitudes towards climate change. He has also carried out research into Pacific oral traditions and myths and how some might be memories of ancient geological events (large waves, volcanic eruptions): research he has recently extended to Australian Aboriginal cultures.
Deputy Head of School, School of Creative Industries
Sandy’s research focus is on empowering and engaging national and international First Nations’ Communities, scholars, industry, and practitioners in agentic and aspirational approaches to nation(s)- building through the creative industries.
Senior USC Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council
Bridie leads USC's Adolescent Risk Research Unit's research which includes adolescent health and wellbeing, including teen mental health, social influences, and interactions with authorities.
- Dr Julia Baird, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Environmental sustainability, specialising in human dimensions of water resources and water resilience, (Brock University, Canada)
- Dr Alexandra Bec, Adjunct Research Fellow, Economic regional community development, change management, tourism, resilience theory, heritage (City of Gold Coast)
- Dr Marta Botta, Adjunct Research Fellow, Cultural change and sustainable futures
- Associate Professor David Chittleborough, Adjunct Associate Professor, Soil survey, land evaluation, soil classification, water quality in catchments; soil mineralogy; geochemistry and evolution of soils
- Mr Brendan Doran, Adjunct Professor, International Relations
- Dr Pedro Fidelman, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Coastal and marine systems, climate change adaptation, natural resource management (Former Research Fellow at USC)
- Prof John Fien, Adjunct Professor, Education for Sustainable Development
- Dr Takahisa Furuichi, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Geomorphology, hydrology and climatology and socio-economic implications (Hokkaido University, Japan)
- Prof Ken Hughey, Adjunct Professor, Research on Tourism and Climate Change (Department of Environmental Management, Lincoln University)
- Dr Ben Jarihani, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Hydrological science, water resources management, spatial science, natural resources management (Mountain Society Research Institute)
- Prof Robert Kay, Adjunct Professor, Climate change vulnerability impacts and adaptation assessment, geomorphology and coastal planning and management (ICF International)
- Dr Christine King, Adjunct Associate Professor, Multi-stakeholder Learning and Participatory Research, Development and Extension.
- Prof Michael Lueck, Adjunct Professor, Coastal and marine systems as venues for recreation, sport and tourism (Auckland University of Technology)
- Prof Ken Lyons, Adjunct Professor, Geographic Data (Spatial Information Services, AU)
- Dr Anna Lyth, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Urban sustainability, integrated urban climate change strategy and resilience research (RED Sustainability Consultants)Prof Marc Miller, Adjunct Professor, Tourism Planning and Development; Coastal Zone Management; Cultural Anthropology; Natural Resource Management; Ethnographic Methods; Waterfront and Port Planning; Marine Affairs; Marine Parks and Recreation (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington)
- Professor Marc Miller, Adjunct Professor, Tourism, planning and development (University of Washington)
- Associate Prof Melissa Nursey-Bray, Adjunct Associate Professor, geography, environment and population, Indigenous resource management, coastal management, community engagement (University of Adelaide)
- Dr Tristan Pearce, Adjunct Associate Professor, Climate change vulnerability & adaptation; traditional knowledge systems; cumulative impacts of resource development (University of Northern British Columbia)
- Prof Gary Pickering, Adjunct Professor, Climate change and impacts, climate change adaptation, and climate change psychology, (Brock University, Canada)
- Prof Ryan Plummer, Adjunct Professor, Resilience; Social Ecological Systems (Director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre [ESRC], Brock University, Canada)
- Dr Stina Powell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental governance and sustainable development (Head of the Division of Environmental Communication, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
- Prof Benjamin Preston, Adjunct Professor (Oakridge National Laboratory, USA)
- Dr Lisa Ryan, Adjunct Research Fellow (Sunshine Coast Council)
- Prof Noel Scott, Adjunct Professor, Experience design, Technology, Tourism governance, management and marketing (Griffith University).
- Prof Roy Sidle, Adjunct Professor, environmental science, natural hazards, catchment hydrology, hydrogeomorphic processes (Mountain Societies Research Institute)
- Dr Erin Smith, Adjunct Research Fellow, Rural geography, regional & environmental change management (Former Research Fellow at USC)
- Dr Frank Thomalla, Adjunct Associate Professor, hazard, vulnerability and climate change research (University of Sydney)
- Associate Prof Katherine Warner, Adjunct Associate Professor, Former Regional Senior Expert, Climate Change and Environment
- Prof Iain White, Adjunct Professor, Environmental planning, human geography, risk, vulnerability, resilience (University of Waikato)