Associate Professor Dana Thomsen - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Dana Thomsen

PhD Griff., MSc(Hons) Cant., GradCert(Higher Ed) Griff., BSc Auck.

  • Associate Professor in Sustainability Advocacy
+61 7 5456 5047
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Level 1, Accelerator (Innovation Centre)
Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Dana Thomsen

Dana Thomsen PhD is an Associate Professor in Sustainability Advocacy, an Adjunct Professor at Brock University, Canada, and a Senior Research Associate at Uppsala University, Sweden. Associate Professor Thomsen is an executive member of the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at USC and led the sustainability teaching programs at USC from 2008–2015.

A/Prof Thomsen’s sustainability research agenda is interdisciplinary and situated at the intersection of the fields of human geography and environmental management. Her work explores the transformation of socio-ecological relationships through learning and communication, using qualitative methods within an interpretivist paradigm. A/Prof Thomsen’s research agenda is evidenced through numerous projects at local (eg exploring adaptation pathways with 17 local councils in QLD and NSW), national (eg developing adaptive learning strategies for coastal adaptation with partners across QLD, SA, Tas, WA) and international scales (eg informing the EU Water Framework Directive by working in collaboration with colleagues from universities in the UK, USA, Sweden, Canada, Netherlands and Italy).

A/Prof Thomsen is a named chief investigator on over A$11m of competitive research grants. Recent projects have been supported by the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the CSIRO Collaboration Fund (Southeast Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative), the CSIRO Coastal Collaboration Cluster, the Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching, and the Europe and Global Challenges Program. Associate Professor Thomsen recently led the NGO Theme of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Social, Economic and Institutional Research Network, and is currently researching disaster governance and sustainable development approaches between Australia and Sweden.

Research areas

  • sustainability communication
  • visual communication
  • social and sustainability learning
  • adaptation, adaptive capacity and resilience

Teaching areas

  • Communicating Sustainability
  • Applying Sustainability

Dana's specialist areas of knowledge include: sustainability; sustainability education; communication; visual communication and adaptation; adaptive capacity and resilience.

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