1 October 2018
PhD student Lisa McIlwain has been awarded the USC Brock PhD scholarship in Sustainability.
The scholarship, in response to ongoing collaboration between the University of the Sunshine Coast and Brock University (Canada), was developed to enable research on sustainability issues affecting both the northern and southern hemispheres. Lisa’s research will explore opportunities to strengthen social-ecological resilience as a strategy of climate change adaptation, under a supervisory panel of Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin from the SRC, and Professor Gary Pickering from the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University.
Originally from Belzig, Germany, Lisa is relocating to the Sunshine Coast from New South Wales where she has been living and working recently. This is not Lisa’s first academic experience in Australia. During her Bachelor studies in Geographical Science at the Freie University Berlin, she completed a CSIRO traineeship at the eco-science precinct in Brisbane, and returned to Brisbane in 2016 for an exchange semester at the University of Queensland during her Master studies in Environmental Policy and Planning.
Her PhD research will focus on social change as a vehicle to build adaptive capacity in all sectors of society and aims to identify ways to reduce vulnerability without compromising sustainable transition.