Dr Anna Lyth - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Anna Lyth

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Dr Anna Lyth is a specialist in Human Geography with research interests and practical experience in urban sustainability, integrated urban climate change strategy (mitigation and adaptation), and resilience development for communities and places. Anna completed her PhD at Macquarie University with the thesis, ‘Suburbanisation, Sustainability & Climate Change Policy’. Anna is an Urban Settlements Resilience Specialist with RED Sustainability Consultants. Before embarking on this consultancy role, Anna was a Senior Research Fellow (Sustainability) with the Collaborative Research Network (CRN), with the University of Tasmania and USC.


Doctor of Philosophy, Macq; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Macq.

Teaching areas
  • Environmental planning
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable urban regions
  • Sustainable transport
  • Human geography
Research areas
  • Sustainability settlements
  • Resilient systems
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Urban resilience
  • Capacity building across regional, local and organisational scales
  • Urban mobility
  • Travel behaviour/sustainable transport
  • Research Affiliate, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania (2014-2016)
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility: Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements & Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) (2014-2017)
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility: Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN) (2014-2017)
  • Board member, Tasmanian Climate Action Council, Tasmanian Ministerial appointment (2012-2014)
  • Vice President and non-executive Board Director, Sustainable Living Tasmania, 2009-13, 2016-2017
  • Visiting Research Associate (Climate Change Adaptation), University of Exeter, United Kingdom (2013-2017)
  • Expert adviser, Climate Smart Tasmania, Tasmanian Climate Change Office (2012)
  • Visiting Researcher (Climate Change Adaptation), University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (2005-2006)
  • Alternate member (community interests rep.), Central Sydney Planning Committee, NSW Ministerial appointment, 2001-03
  • Member (community interests rep.), Local Agenda 21 Committee, Hornsby Shire Council, 1999-2003
  • Vice-president, NSW Women in Transport Inc., 2000

2016  Tasmania Community Achievements Award Finalist 2016 – Implmentation of the University of Tasmania’s Sustainable Transport Strategy, (University of Tasmania). Anna Lyth was lead consultant for this project.

2016 Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarship Program: Foundations of Directorship Course Scholarship 2016, Australian Institute of Company Directors & Tasmanian Government.

2015  Planning Processes and Practice Award, Planning Excellence: 2015 Tasmanian Planning Awards for University of Tasmania Sustainable Transport Strategy, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). National Finalist, PIA Planning Excellence Awards: Planning Processes and Practice Category, 2016 (with others).

2015  Australian Office of Teaching & Learning Award for Innovation & Flexibility in Curricular, Learning & Teaching. Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program, University of Tasmania (with others).

2014  Green Gown Award Australasia 2014: Facilities & Services Category, University of Tasmania – ‘Thinking Outside the Rectangle: Beyond the car park for sustainable transport’ (with others).

2014  High-Flyer Bursary, Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risk and Opportunities, Theo Murphy High-Flyers Think Tank 2014, Australian Academy of Science, Brisbane, July 2014

2013  Cutting Edge Research & Teaching Award, Planning Excellence: 2013 Tasmania Planning Awards: for Planning for Climate Change course, Planning Institute Australia (PIA). National Finalist, PIA Planning Excellence Awards, 2016 (with Julie Davidson).

2007  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Women Working in Climate Change, International Women’s Day 2007 Award.

2004  Macquarie University, Vice Chancellor’s Education Award 2005

2004  John Taplin Prize for best paper, 27th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Sept 29 - Oct1 2004, Adelaide

1991-1994 Australian Postgraduate Research Award (scholarship), and National Greenhouse Advisory Committee Research Scholarship

Key Research Publications

Sharman, M, Lyth, A, Jose, K, Ragaini, B, Blizzard, L, Johnston, F, Peterson, C, Palmer, A & Cleland, V 2019, ‘Acceptability and perceived feasibility of strategies to increase public transport use for physical activity gain - A mixed methods study’, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, DOI: 10.1002/hpja.292

Melo Zurita, M, Thomsen, D, Holbrook, N, Smith, T, Lyth, A, Munro, P, Bruin, A, Seddaiu, G, Roggero, P, Baird, J, Plummer, R, Bullock, R, Collins, K & Powell, N., 2018, ‘Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Arrangements for Adaptive Transformation’, Water, vol. 10, p 29.

Lyth, A, Spinaze, A, Watson, P & Johnston, F 2018, ‘Place, human agency and community resilience – considerations for public health management of smoke from prescribed burning’, Local Environment, 23(10).

Lyth, A, Baldwin, C, Davison, A, Fidelman, P, Booth, K & Osborne, C 2017, ‘Valuing third sector sustainability organisations – qualitative contributions to systemic social transformation’, Local Environment, 22(1),  DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2016.1149457

Davidson, J, Jacobson, C, Lyth, A, Dedekorkut-Howes, A, Baldwin, C, Ellison, J, Holbrook, N, Howes, M, Serrao-Neumann, S, Singh-Peterson, L & Smith, T., 2016, ‘Interrogating resilience: Toward a typology to improve its operationalization’, Ecoogy & Society, vol. 21.

Lyth, A & Holbrook, N 2015, ‘Assessing an indirect health implication of a changing climate: Ross River Virus in a temperate island state’, Climate Risk Management, 10: 77-94.

Lyth, A., Harwood, A., Hobday A.J., McDonald J. 2015. Place influences in framing and understanding climate change adaptation challenges. Local Environment 21(6):1-22, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1015974

Davidson, J., Lyth, A., 2015. Education for Climate Change Adaptation — Enhancing the Contemporary Relevance of Planning Education for a Range of Wicked Problems. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, DOI: 10.11120/jebe.2012.07020063

Contact Dr Anna Lyth via email SoSSAdmin@usc.edu.au.