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Members of our research team have been working on coastal management and climate change adaptation for over 20 years and produced numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports. To view their full list of publications, visit:

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Adaptive capacity of small-scale coastal fishers to climate and non-climate stressors in the Western region of Ghana 2019 Geographical Journal Drawing on the capitals framework, this study examines the adaptive capacity of Small-scale coastal fisheries to the combined effects of climate-related and non-climate-related stressors.  Access here
Just transformations to sustainability 2019 Sustainability (Switzerland) The concept of just transformations makes explicit a need to consider social justice in the process of shifting towards sustainability. In this paper, we draw on the transformations, just transitions, and social justice literature to advance a pragmatic framing of just transformations that includes recognitional, procedural and distributional considerations.  ​Access here
Old ways for new days: Australian Indigenous peoples and climate change 2019 Local Environment This paper explores how Australia's Indigenous peoples understand and respond to climate change impacts on their traditional land and seas.  Access here
Resilience and housing markets: Who is it really for? 2019 Land Use Policy Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, this research examines how resilience theory and rhetoric relating to the economy and housing markets has been translated into policy and practice.  Access here
Rigour and rigour mortis? Planning, calculative rationality, and forces of stability and change 2019 Urban Studies  This research draws upon literature and empirical data, to analyse critically issues connected to the design, application and wider effects of calculative practices within planning.  Access here
Socio-economic drivers of adoption of small-scale aquaculture in Indonesia 2019 Sustainability (Switzerland) This paper examines what socio-economic factors affect people's perceptions of adoption of lobster aquaculture in rural households in Indonesia.  Access here
The housing crisis as an ideological artefact: Analysing how political discourse defines, diagnoses, and responds 2019 Housing Studies This paper provides a critical evaluation of the emergence and scope of political discourse connected to the housing crisis in New Zealand under three National Party led governments (2008-2017) to better understand the ways in which the issue has been problematized in politics and operationalized in policy.  Access here
Working at the “speed of trust”: pre-existing and emerging social ties in wildfire responder networks in Sweden and Canada 2019 Regional Environmental Change Applies survey data from crisis responders of large-scale wildfires in Sweden and Canada to investigate factors that shape actors’ (i) ability and willingness to form new social ties with other actors and (ii) propensity to “activate” pre-existing social ties.  Access here 
An Approach to Assess Learning Conditions, Effects and Outcomes in Environmental Governance 2018 Environmental Policy and Governance Empirically examines relationships among the conditions that enable learning, learning effects and sustainability outcomes based on experiences in four biosphere reserves in Canada and Sweden.  Access here
Flood Governance: A multiple country comparison of stakeholder perceptions and aspirations 2018 Environmental Policy and Governance This study investigates how stakeholders perceive floods to be governed and how they believe decision-making ought to occur, with the intent of determining to what extent changing governance is evident on the ground and how well (or poorly) it aligns with desired governance arrangements.  Access here
Global water governance and Climate Change: Identifying innovative arrangements for adaptive transformation 2018 Water (Switzerland) In this paper, nine water case studies from around the world are analysed to help identify potential 'innovative arrangements' for addressing existing dilemmas.  Access here
Integrating Conservation and Sustainable Development Through Adaptive Co-management in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves 2018 Conservation and Society We examine four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (BRs) to better understand the extent to which they exhibit characteristics of adaptive co-management, integrated conservation and sustainable development and gain insights into how they do so.  Access here
Living with disasters: social capital for disaster governance 2018 Disasters This paper explores how social networks and bonds within and across organisations shape disaster operations and strategies.  Access here. 
Risky spaces: Creating, contesting and communicating lines on environmental hazard maps 2018 Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers This paper examines the tensions involved in the production, presentation and revision of hazard maps, focusing on the controversies that have become increasingly common when they are used to change government policy.  Access here
The Dark Side of Transformation: Latent Risks in Contemporary Sustainability Discourse 2018 Antipode The notion of transformation is gaining traction in contemporary sustainability debates. The authors identify five latent risks associated with discourse that frames transformation as apolitical and/or inevitable - refered to as the dark side of transformation.  Access here 
The roles of capitals in building capacity to address urban flooding in the shift to a new water management approach 2018 Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space The emerging shift from science-based command and control ‘old’ water management to a dynamic and integrative systems view of water is explored using the concept of capacity, operationalized using the livelihoods capitals approach, via cases of urban flooding from Canada and Australia.  Access here
Adaptive capacity: From assessment to action in coastal social-ecological systems 2017 Ecology and Society Drawing on case studies of coastal communities from around the globe, we describe and compare 11 approaches used to study adaptive capacity of social and ecological systems and highlight considerations for framing research, choosing an assessment approach, analysis challanges, and good practices to foster adaptive capacity.  Access here
Diagnosing adaptive comanagement across multiple cases 2017 Ecology and Society We operationalize a diagnostic approach to set a new direction for adaptive comanagement research. We believe it offers a unifying methodological approach to advancing adaptive comanagement research. Access here
Environmental sustainability: A case of policy implementation failure? 2017 Sustainability (Switzerland) A systematic literature review is conducted, identifying factors contributing to the lack of progress on environmental sustainability, inlcuding conflict between the objectives of environmental policies and those focused on economic development, a lack of incentives to implement environmental policies, and a failure to communicate objectives to key stakeholders.  Access here 
How do environmental governance processes shape evaluation of outcomes by stakeholders? A causal pathways approach 2017 PLoS ONE Multi-stakeholder environmental management and governance processes are essential to realize social and ecological outcomes. Participation, collaboration, and learning are emphasized in these processes; to gain insights into how they influence stakeholders’ evaluations of outcomes in relation to management and governance interventions we use a path analysis approach to examine their relationships in individuals in four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.  Access here
Is Adaptive Co-management Delivering? Examining Relationships Between Collaboration, Learning and Outcomes in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves 2017 Ecological Economics This paper examines relationships among perceived processes and outcomes in four UNESCO biosphere reserves (BRs). The analysis highlights that a better process is associated with more positive outcomes and that collaboration and learning make unique contributions to outcomes. Access here 
Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world 2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America The authors propose redefining community based on place attachment in the context of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Adopting a place attachment framing is argued to provide a means to capture the neglected nonmaterial bonds people form with the environment, which could be leveraged to foster transnational environmental stewardship. Access here
Risky times: Hazard management and the tyranny of the present 2017 International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction This paper examines how the processes and practices of hazard management skew decision-making towards current concerns, shaping the treatment of the future in the present.  Access here
Water security in times of climate change and intractability: Reconciling conflict by transforming security concerns into equity concerns 2017 Water (Switzerland) This paper considers how to achieve equitable water governance and the flow-on effects it has in terms of supporting sustainable development, drawing on case studies from the international climate change adaptation and governance project (CADWAGO).  Access here  
Adaptive capacity and climate change: the role of community opinion leaders 2016 Local Environment The authors examine the role of community opinion leaders in developing and mobilising stocks of adaptive capacity, revealing a largely unexplored mechanism for building on latent social capital and associated networks that have the potential to transcend local-scale efforts. Access here
Communities and change in the anthropocene: understanding social-ecological vulnerability and planning adaptations to multiple interacting exposures 2016 Regional Environmental Change This review and synthesis paper presents a conceptual framework for integrating multiple exposures into vulnerability analysis and adaptation planning.  Access here
Contemporary water governance: Navigating crisis response and institutional constraints through pragmatism 2016 Water (Switzerland) The aim of this study was to understand how stakeholders perceive ecosystems and the relationship with preferences for governance approaches in the context of water governance. Access here 
Ecosystem perceptions in flood prone areas: A typology and its relationship to preferences for governance 2016 Water (Switzerland) This study queried stakeholders' internal representations of ecosystems (resistance- or resilience-based), preferences for governance actors and mechanisms for flooding, and the relationship between them in five different regions of the world.  Access here 
How are coastal households responding to climate change? 2016 Environmental Science and Policy This study examines household actions taken to address climate change and associated hazards in two Australian coastal communities.  Access here l 
Interrogating resilience: Toward a typology to improve its operationalization 2016 Ecology and Society The authors argue that the current confusion and ambiguity within resilience thinking is problematic for operationalizing the concept within policy making. They identify core conceptual elements to be considered in policy responses if resilience is to fulfill its potential in improving decision making for change.  Access here
Rapid regional-scale assessments of socio-economic vulnerability to climate change 2016 Environmental Research Letters This paper reports on research that tested a rapid assessment approach of socio-economic vulnerability in Australia's natural resource management regions. Access here
Responsibility and liability in emergency management to natural disasters: A Canadian example 2016 International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction This paper argues that a lack of standards in emergency management legislation, restrictive access to financial assistance and/or compensation and reduced government exposure to civil liability at common law expose private landowners to greater vulnerability to disasters and the liability attached. Access here
The governance of adaptation: Choices, reasons, and effects. Introduction to the special feature 2016 Ecology and Society In this introduction to a Special Issue on the governance of adaptation, the authors review the current state of evidence and the contribution of the articles published in the Special Feature. The contributing papers suggest that the way issues are defined has important consequences for the support for governance interventions, and their effectiveness.  Access here
Water: Drought, crisis and governance in australia and brazil 2016 Water (Switzerland) This paper compared the contemporary water governance frameworks of Australia and Brazil in relation to three elements of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): integration, participation, and information/knowledge.  Access here
Organizational approaches to the facilitation of education for sustainability: An interpretive case study 2015 Sustainability (Switzerland) In this article, the authors report on an interpretive case study of the Environment and Schools Initiative (ENSI), a Decentralised Global Network (DGN) operating for over 26 years in over 25 countries. Findings highlight six dimensions of the ENSI DGN important to the effective facilitation of Education for Systainability. Access here
Reframing water: Contesting H2O within the European Union 2015 Geoforum 78 pieces of water legislation across the European Union are reviewed, critically analysing the different ways in which water has been defined. THe authors argue that the act of defining water is not only a deeply social and political process, but that it often privileges specific worldviews Access here
Seeing is questioning: Prompting sustainability discourses through an evocative visual agenda 2015 Ecology and Society The author explores the potential utility of visual imagery to engage viewers in connecting ways with dynamic social-ecological contexts.  Access here
Adapting to climate change in South East Queensland, Australia 2014 Regional Environmental Change This introduction to the Special issue explains that the edition contributes to the emerging evidence base for adaptation in South East QLD, but more broadly, draws together disciplines and theories that provide lessons for future regionally scaled adaptation studies Access here 
Building adaptive capacity in South East Queensland, Australia 2014 Regional Environmental Change This paper offers an assessment of adaptive capacity across a range of sectors in South East Queensland, Australia.  Access here
Priming the governance system for climate change adaptation: The application of a social-ecological inventory to engage actors in Niagara, Canada 2014 Ecology and Society The authors describe the method and outcomes from the application of a social-ecological inventory to "prime," i.e., hasten the development of, a regional climate change adaptation network. By considering the social and ecological aspects of a system, a more comprehensive inventory is achieved that provides a foundational platform to facilitate or support climate change adaptation processes that are participatory and learning oriented.  Access here
Strengthening threatened communities through adaptation: Insights from coastal Mozambique 2014 Ecology and Society The authors investigate how adaptation is negotiated in two coastal fishing communities by documenting livelihood stressors, household assets, adaptive strategies, and factors that facilitate or inhibit adaptation. Access here
Toward a new conceptualization of household adaptive capacity to climate change: Applying a risk governance lens 2014 Ecology and Society The authors argue that comprehensive assessments of adaptive capacity need to examine these influences of adaptive cpacity and influences on adaptive in combination to capture a dynamic and integrated view of households that better reflects their positioning and role(s) in broader social-political contexts.  Access here