Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin

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Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin


Associate Professor, Environmental and Planning Studies

PhD Qld., MA (Regional Planning) Wat., BA Wat.

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Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin


Prior to joining USC in 2006, Claudia worked for over 25 years in environmental policy and planning in government (e.g. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Premiers Dept and Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines), and consulting in Australia and internationally (eg National Water Commission (NWC), International Centre for Water and Resource Management, and WWF). She has considerable experience in collaboration and consultation with all levels of government, research institutions, private enterprise, not-for-profit groups and community.

Claudia is a foundation member of the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) and the Engage Research Cluster at USC. Claudia specialises in action research using participatory and visual methods related to institutional and social-environmental change especially applied to water and coastal planning and management and climate change adaptation. She was a Chief Investigator in the National Competitive Grant CSIRO Coastal Cluster Barriers to Science Uptake.

As co-leader of the multi-university project, Experiential Learning in Planning, funded by Commonwealth government OLT, Claudia is passionate about preparing planning graduates for the real world. The report is now available and is accompanied by a Toolkit for Educators.

She is co-author of the book Baldwin C and Hamstead M, 2014, Integrated Water ResourcePlanning: Achieving Sustainable Outcomes, Earthscan Routledge, London. Book orders by email.

With co-investigator Professor Laurie Buys from QUT, Claudia partnered with Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland State Government, Churches of Christ and Deicke Richards (urban design) to research seniors' perceptions of their needs in the built environment. The report, Infill Development for Older Australians in South East Queensland is available for free download. It won awards from PIA and IAP2 (see below).

Claudia has partnered with colleagues at University of Mataram, Indonesia and Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya on water planning research at CASS, Beijing on flood resilience, and an international team of researchers (from USA, Canada, UK , Thailand, and Australia) to work on socialecological visualisation of coastal change, coordinated and funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at University of Maryland.

Professional memberships

  • Associate editor and book review editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
  • Corporate member, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)  
  • International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
  • IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) 


  • Co-winner of the Eric Anderson award from the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand for Curtis et al. (2014):  the 'best paper published in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management in 2014'
  • Core Value Award for Participatory Research, 2013, International Association of Public Participation Australasia
  • Excellence Award for Cutting Edge Research and Teaching, 2012, Planning Institute of Australia (Qld)
  • Vice Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career Researcher), 2012, USC

Potential research project areas for HDR and Honours students

  • building resilience through governance and community awareness and action in relation to climate change impacts on the coastal zone
  • community-based governance and social / economic impacts of water allocation planning
  • visual methods in action research such as using GIS, photovoice, charrettes to investigate values and social change
  • planning with under-represented groups (seniors, disabled) to better match needs to the built environment outcomes
  • trialling and evaluating approaches to community engagement and conflict resolution

Current PhD students

  • Nenna Ike – University student accommodation in Australia
  • Anna McKinlay –  Drivers influencing dwelling size
  • Kim Moreland – Towards recognition, valuing and protection of Butchulla culture–nature heritage on K'gari (Fraser Island) through interpretation
  • Kate English – How sustainability advocates understand climate change and adaptation
  • Caroline Osborne – CommUNITY:the efficacy of social capital assessment in delivering community visions (completed)
  • Megan Marks – Fostering education and critical dialogue through visualising the environment: the transformative value of Green Art (completed)
  • Jenny Shaw (L Stocker, principal, Curtin University) – Photovoice: the Abrolhos Project (submitted)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Tourism for all abilities on the Sunshine Coast C. Baldwin, A. Ripoll   2016 Extent that Sunshine Coast tourism businesses cater for tourists with disabilities
Mobility and inclusion of all ages and all abilities in neighbourhoods C. Baldwin, L. Stafford, L. Keenan USC, University of Alberta 2015 Issues in Sunshine Coast neighbourhoods for seniors and young people with disabilities
Developing an integrated framework to visually model vulnerability and resilience of the coupled human–natural environment in tropical coastal systems for climate adaptation planning E. Hines, R. Lewison, M. Rudd, C. Baldwin, C. Jones, S. Lieske and others USA NSF via SESYNC, University of Maryland 2014–2016 Models for social–ecological resilience in Thailand–Cambodia cross-border coast
Visualisation approaches for climate change adaptation C. Baldwin, S. Lieske, K. Martin USC, Sunshine Coast Council; Coastal collaboration 2013–2015 Using visual methods for communicating about climate change
Perception and communication of flood risk C. Baldwin, Zeng Yu CASS Beijing; USC collaboration grant 2014–2015 Comparison of flooding in Beijing and SEQ
Comparative studies on age-friendly communities – Bendigo C. Baldwin, L. Stafford USC Collaboration Grant 2015 Collaboration with Bendigo Regional Council
Justice, Fairness and Equity in Natural Resource Management A. Lukasiewicz, S. Dovers, C. Baldwin ASSA 2015 Workshop to synthesise research on justice in NRM and identify future needs
Social dimensions of land–sea scape planning C. Jacobson, C. Baldwin, T. Smith CRN 2013–2015 To identify motivation for riparian stewardship by rural landholders
Valuing third sector sustainability organisations A Lyth, C. Baldwin, P Fidelman CRN 2013–2015 To identify how TSSOs contribute to social change
Creative models of accommodation for older Australians in infill development C Baldwin, L. Buys (QUT), C. Osborne ULDA, Diecke Richards, Churches of Christ Care, SCC 2011–2012 To identify models of accommodation that are attractive to older Australians who seek integration with community and access to services, using collaborative visual methods to engage seniors.
Integrated Development and Care Models C. Baldwin Churches of Christ Care 2010–2011 To identify models for integrating care services through co-location across a range of sectors.
Methodology for developing affordable housing targets in Urban Development Areas C. Baldwin Urban Land Development Authority 2010–2011 To develop a methodology for housing targets that can be applied across Queensland.
Review of Water Planning across Australia M. Hamstead, C. Baldwin, V. Uhlmann National Water Commission 2010 To review progress of jurisdictions towards NWI commitments.
Water Planning Tools P.-L. Tan, S. Jackson, C. Baldwin, D George, S. Hoverman National Water Commission 2008–2010 To develop tools to assist water planning using case studies in SA, NT, and Qld.
At the Water’s Edge: investigating community perspectives on climate change C. Baldwin and L. Chandler USC Internal Research Grant 2009 To use visual research methods to investigate views of attendees at an Environmental Art event, Floating Land.
An approach to water allocation planning in the Northern Territory M. Hamstead and C. Baldwin Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Northern Territory 2008 To examine water planning in NT case studies and recommend good practices for future planning.
Inter-jurisdictional analysis of community-based governance arrangements for water resource management in Western Australia C. Baldwin and M. Hamstead Department of Water, Western Australia 2008 To research existing example of self-management of water resources for application in WA.
Water Planning in Australia: Lessons Learned M. Hamstead, C. Baldwin, V. O'Keefe National Water Commission 2007–2008 To review water planning around Australia to identify good practices and lessons learned after 10 years of water reform.
Conflict Resolution in Local Government  C. Baldwin USC Internal Seed Grant, Maroochy and Noosa Councils 2007 To use case studies to explore the role of local governments in resolving planning conflicts.
Public Participation in Dams and Dam Development V. Twyford and C. Baldwin, with IAP2 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) 2006 To identify good practices of community engagement for dam development using case studies from around the world.


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