Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr

BSc(Hons) W.Aust. PhD Sunshine Coast.

  • Research Fellow
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Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr

Carmen is a human geographer with over 15 years experience working in the academic and private sectors. In the private sector, Carmen delivered climate change adaptation support to local and national governments (eg mainstreaming climate change into ICZM in Kiribati, Albania, the Mediterranean and Mauritius; providing policy advice to UNDP Albania, WA Department of Water and NCCARF; designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the PIFS and the Australian government; and training representatives from national and local governments in risk assessment, adaptation planning and climate financing). In the University sector, Carmen has worked on social and environmental research projects, with a coastal and/or climate change adaptation focus (eg across the themes of coastal management; migration; water equity and climate risk; and the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change). Carmen’s research explores human-environment interactions in the coastal zone, adopting mixed-methods approaches within an interpretivist paradigm. Her passion lies in research that can contribute to the co-design of valued futures that embrace vulnerability and change.

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Australian Coastal Society

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Pacific Climate Change Capacity Building and Training  Ms Carmen Elrick-Barr  USAID  2013 Work with staff from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to develop training materials and a workshop program to build capacity of Pacific Island members to access and manage climate change financing
Integrating Climate Change into Coastal Planning and Management in the Republic of Mauritius Dr Ailbhe Travers, Mrs. Carmen Elrick-Barr Dr
Robert Kay
African Adaptation Programme UNDP 2012 Review, analyse and integrate climate change
into the Republic of Mauritius’ EIA framework; and policy review to integrate climate change into the ICZM framework
Impact of Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change on Surf Life Saving Services: A Road Map for Adaptive Action Dr Robert Kay, Mrs Carmen Elrick-Barr, Dr Ailbhe Travers Surf Life Saving Australia 2012 Development of a Road Map for climate change
adaptation for Surf Life Saving Australia. The outputs informed future research programs and planning within SLSA
Stocktaking and Stakeholder
Consultations in Nauru
Ms Carmen Elrick-Barr Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2011 Stocktake analysis of climate change adaptation
programs, projects and activities and regional and international climate change adaptation initiatives in Nauru. The output was a gap analysis highlighting priority areas for climate change support by the Australian Federal Government
Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan Elrick, C., Niedzwiadek, M. and Kay, R. Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of
Councils
2010 Applied the Australian Government’s Climate Change
Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning Guide for Local Government and Business to develop adaptation plans constructed for each participating council
Mainstreaming Climate Change into the MFF Initiative Ms. Carmen Elrick Mangroves for the Future Program 2009 Reviewed the Mangroves for the Future program structure and processes to develop an approach to mainstream climate change into the program
City of Mandurah Coastal Zone Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan Dr Robert Kay, Dr Ailbhe Travers, Ms Carmen Elrick City of Mandurah, Western Australia 2008 Climate change adaptation plan developed based on
outcomes of a risk assessment conducted in partnership with the City of Mandurah. Vulnerability of coastal and estuarine margins prioritised to aid planning and development in the City
Coastal Foreshore Vulnerability Assessment for the Town of Cottesloe Dr Robert Kay, Dr Ailbhe Travers, Ms Carmen Elrick Emergency Management Australia 2008 Climate change vulnerability assessment for the Town
of Cottesloe. Risks and vulnerability assessed based on combination of physical vulnerability assessment and socio-economic values
A Socio Economic Overview of the Communities Living Adjacent to the North West Marine Region Professor Matthew Tonts, Ms Carmen Elrick,
Assistant Professor Julian Clifton, Assistant Professor Bryan Boruff
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2007 Assessment of recent demographic and socio-economic trends in the coastal communities adjacent to the North-west Marine Region (Kalbarri in Western Australia to the Northern Territory / Western Australia State border). The assessment supports bioregional planning by providing a comprehensive information base and guidance for making decisions of relevance to the Region
Future Development in the South West Marine Region Professor Matthew Tonts, Ms Carmen Elrick, Assistant Professor Julian Clifton Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2007 Identify the extent of current and future human impacts on the coastal environment adjacent to and within the South-west Marine Region (Kangaroo Island in South Australia to Shark Bay in Western Australia). The process assists in identifying current and future trends in key socio-economic sectors relating to coastal activity
An assessment of marine-focused Industries in the North-West Marine Region Professor Matthew Tonts, Assistant Professor Julian Clifton, Assistant Professor Bryan Boruff, Ms Carmen Elrick  Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2007 Assessment of recent marine-focussed industries in the coastal communities adjacent to the North-west Marine Region (Kalbarri in Western Australia to the Northern Territory / Western Australia State border). The assessment supports bioregional planning by providing a comprehensive
information base and guidance for making decisions of relevance to the Region
UWA-99A: Regional Development Diversification
& Addressing the Rural Skilled Labour Shortages
Professor Matthew Tonts, Assistant Professor
Amanda Davies, Ms Carmen Elrick
Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation 2006 Investigate the dynamics of skilled labour shortages in rural Australia and identify strategies for resolving this issue. Develop a national spatial analysis of rural labour market trends between 1996 and 2006 identify current and emerging skilled labour shortages assess the impacts on
six case study regions and identify solutions to the problem
Youth Education, Employment and Locational
Choices and the Western Australian Wheatbelt
Professor Matthew Tonts, Assistant Professor Amanda Davies, Ms Carmen Elrick Wheatbelt Development Commission 2006 Investigate the education and employment and locational choices of young people. Outputs provided information for planning for the Wheatbelt Development Commission
Formulation of a Coastal Foreshore Environmental
Action Plan
Professor Matthew Tonts, Dr Ian Eliot, Ms Carmen
Elrick
 City of Stirling 2005 Development of a coastal management plan for the coast between Trigg Island and Watermans Beach. Review of relevant legislation, strategies and reports, community surveys, field assessments and site inspections provided the basis for ‘action’ recommendations for the coastal zone

Research areas

  • coastal management
  • climate change adaptation
  • social and institutional change
  • program design, monitoring and evaluation

Carmen Elrick-Barr’s areas of expertise include coastal management, climate change adaptation, policy and program design and evaluation, and risk and vulnerability assessment.

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