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Examples of recent publications

Journal articles:

Araneo, P. (2017). A book review of David Hicks‘ "A Climate Change Companion: for family, school and community." Journal of Futures Studies. 21(4):85-88.

Araneo, P. (2017). Re-imagining cultural heritage archetypes towards sustainable futures. Journal of Futures Studies. 21(4): 37-50.

Fidelman, P., Tuyen, T. V., Nong, K., Nursey-Bray, M. (2017). The Institutions-Adaptive Capacity Nexus: Insights from Coastal Resources Co-Management in Cambodia and Vietnam. Environmental Science and Policy. 76:103-112.

Freduah, G., Fidelman, P., Smith, T. (2017). The Impacts of Environmental and Socio-economic Stressors on Small-scale Fisheries and Livelihoods of Fishers in Ghana. Applied Geography. 89: 1-11.

Hills, J. M., Michalena, E. (2017). Renewable energy "pioneers" are threatened by EU policy reform. Renewable Energy. Vol. 108.: 26-36.

Howes, M., Wortley, L., Potts, R., Dedekorkut-Howes, A., Serrao-Neumann, S., Davidson, J., Smith, T. and Nunn, P.D. (2017). Environmental sustainability: a case of policy implementation failure? Sustainability, 9, 165.

Jarihani, B., Sidle, R.C., Bartley, R., Roth, C.H., Wilkinson, S.N. (2017). Characterisation of Hydrological Response to Rainfall at Multi Spatio-Temporal Scales in Savannas of Semi-Arid Australia. Water. 9(7), 540.

McKinlay, A., Baldwin, C., and Stevens, N., accepted, ‘Size matters: dwelling size as a critical factor for sustainable urban development’, Urban Policy and Research. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2017.1374944.

Melo Zurita, M., Cook, B., Thomsen, D.C., Munro, P.G., Smith, T.F., Gallina, J. (2017). Living with disasters: social capital for disaster governance. Disasters. doi: 10.1111/disa.12257.

Michalena, E., Hills, J.M. (2018). Paths of Renewable Energy Development in Small Island Developing States of the South Pacific. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Vol. 82(1):343-352.

Michalena, E., Hills, J.M.(2016). Stepping up but back: how European policy reform fails to meet the needs of renewable energy actors. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Vol. 64: 716–726.

Nguyen, C.V., Horne, R., Fien, J. Cheong, F. (2017). Assessment of social vulnerability to climate change at the local scale: development and application of a Social Vulnerability Index. Climatic Change. doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-2012-2

Nunn, P.D. (2017). Sidelining God: why secular climate projects in the Pacific Islands are failing. The Conversation, published online 17 May 2017, available at Republished by Climate Home as "Acts of God: why secular climate projects fail in the Pacific" on 17 May 2017, available at

Nunn, P.D. (2017). When the Bullin shrieked: Aboriginal memories of volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The Conversation, published online 23 August 2017, available at

Nunn, P.D. and Kumar, R. (2017). Understanding climate-human interactions in Small Is-land Developing States (SIDS): implications for future livelihood sustainability. Interna-tional Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Online at

Nunn, P.D., Kohler, A. and Kumar, R. (2017). Identifying and assessing evidence for recent shoreline change attributable to uncommonly rapid sea-level rise in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, northwest Pacific Ocean. Journal of Coastal Conservation. doi: 10.1007/s11852-017-0531-7.

Pearce, T., Currenti, R., Mateiwai, A., Doran, B. (2017). Adaptation to climate change and freshwater resources in Vusama village, Viti Levu, Fiji. (2017). Reg Environ Change. doi: 10.1007/s10113-017-1222-5.

Plummer, R., Renzetti, S., Bullock, R., de Lourdes Melo Zurita, M., Baird, J., Dupont, D., Smith, T.F. & Thomsen, D.C. (2017). Evolving Water Paradigms: The Roles of Capitals in Building Capacity to Address Urban Flooding in the Shift to a New Water Management Approach. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. doi: 10.1177/2399654417732576.

Sidle, R.C., Gallina, J., Gomi, T. (2017). The continuum of chronic to episodic natural haz-ards: implications and strategies for community and landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning. 167:189-197.

Sidle, R.C., Gomi, T., Loaiza Usuga, J.C., and Jarihani, B. (2017). Hydrogeomorphic process-es and scaling issues in the continuum from soil pedons to catchments. Earth-Sci. Rev.

Stafford, L. and Baldwin, C. (2017). ‘Planning walkable neighbourhoods: Are we overlook-ing diversity in abilities and ages?’ Journal of Planning Literature, 1-14. (IF1.76)

Tschakert, P., Barnett, J., Ellis, N., Lawrence, C., Tuana, N., New, M., Elrick-Barr, C., Pandit, R., Pannell, D. (2017). Climate change and loss, as if people mattered: values, places, and experiences. WIREs Clim Change. E476. doi: 10.1002/wcc.476.


Dean, A.R., Green, D. and Nunn, P.D. (2017). Too much sail for a small craft? Donor require-ments, scale, and capacity discourses in Kiribati. In: Stratford, E. (ed.). Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations. New York: Routledge, 67-88.






Key reports

Pacific Regional Coastal Susceptibility (2015)

regional-coastal-susceptibility-front-cover.jpgThis report develops and applies a methodology for the rapid and informed assessment of the susceptibility of Pacific Island coasts to change from climate-driven forcing. The Lead Author is Professor Patrick Nunn from the SRC

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Sustainability Indicators Report 2012

Sustainability at the regional scale can be assessed by examining environmental, social, economic and governance indicators. Annual monitoring of sustainability indicators on the Sunshine Coast provides valuable insights into sustainability trends at spatial and temporal scales of relevance to the community.

The SRC investigated the annual sustainability trends for the Sunshine Coast in 2012, with the findings from the study available in the report below. The report includes information on 20 indicators of sustainability and is based on a range of primary and secondary data.

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Senior Living Report

The 'Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland' report is based on a research project conducted in partnership with people 55 years and older in southeast Queensland to design liveable, affordable and sustainable neighbourhoods and accommodation in areas appropriate for urban consolidation.

Importantly, it illustrates the preferences of older people through their own photos and words, and provides examples of innovation achieved through a collaborative design process.

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The contribution of this innovative research project was recognised by the Queensland Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in 2012, winning an Award for Excellence in the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Category. In September 2013, the research won the Australasian Research Award for participatory research from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).

The resulting principles and accommodation typologies not only confirm seniors’ innate understanding of some commonly accepted urban design principles, but they paint a vivid picture of what older people find appealing and supportive as they age. The research shares a new-found understanding of older people’s needs and preferences for shaping the built environment in the sub-tropics.

This book is intended to be used by developers, non-profit care providers, planners, builders, and policy-makers as a guide to how to meet the challenge of providing liveable safe spaces for older people in a densifying community. It provides justification for a change from ‘business as usual’, to delivering an accessible product to an increasingly knowledgeable and discerning seniors’ market.

Download the Infill Development Report:

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More than 42 people over 55 years and older from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast participated in this study throughout its several stages during a year, starting early in 2011. The study used participatory methods with seniors including:

  • PhotoVoice to identify key supportive mechanisms and challenges for seniors in the built environment at both the neighbourhood and accommodation levels

  • Charrettes to engage seniors in the design process

Research partners

This research was undertaken at the University of the Sunshine Coast by Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin and Professor Laurie Buys (QUT) (Chief Investigators) and Dr Caroline Osborne from the Regional and Urban Planning Program, and co-authored with Phil Smith from Deicke Richards. The research project was supported by a collaboration of four groups:

  • Queensland Government’s Urban Land Development Authority
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Churches of Christ Queensland – a not-for-profit aged care services provider
  • Deicke Richards – a Brisbane-based architectural and urban design firm

Kim van Megen of QUT also contributed from the disciplines of gerontology and urban design.

Research contacts

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