Dr Steven Crimp

Deputy Head of Climate
ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

Dr. Steven Crimp is Deputy Director of Climate at the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at The Australian National University.

He is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group of data management (TG data) as well as contributing to a number of other national science and policy advisory bodies.

Steven has undertaken research on climate science and food systems issues for over 25 years both domestically and internationally. Over the last decade he has focussed on food security and food systems resilience in the Pacific and worked with a range of local and international research agencies to promote this research agenda and build capacity to address this challenge.

Steven has over 143 journal articles and another 200 publications including book chapters, research reports, policy white papers and industry articles.

He has received an Australia Day Achievement Award – presented for a valuable contribution to scientific research and as a communicator in relation to climate change impacts on our natural resources and has received two Dean’s Commendations from the ANU College of Science for Excellence in Education, one for excellence in supervision and the other excellence in teaching.

    Research interests

    Steve research capabilities include:

    • the translation of climate change impact scenarios from rainfall and temperature into forms useful for decision makers, such as crop and pasture production, biodiversity, farm incomes and broader socio-economic impacts;
    • participatory engagement with decision makers to improve the value derived from climate risk management in decision making;
    • the development of quantitative models and methods to derive value from seasonal climate forecasts and climate change projection information in agricultural, natural resource and biodiversity management, including the economic valuation of climate forecasts; and
    • developing and implementing practical concepts of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity across scales, including the design of nested institutional arrangements and ways of increasing the societal value of climate impacts science, and re-defining biodiversity conservation objectives.

    Trudinger, H., Crimp, S., & Friedman, R. S. (2023). Food systems in the face of climate change: reviewing the state of research in South Pacific Islands. Regional Environmental Change, 23(1), 45.

    Friedman, R.S., Mackenzie, E., Chan-Tung, A.L., Allen, M.G. and Crimp, S., 2023. Using social network analysis to track the evolution of Pacific food system research collaborations over time. Regional Environmental Change, 23(4), p.153.

    Kamruzzaman, M., Anne Daniell, K., Chowdhury, A., & Crimp, S. (2022). Facilitating learning for innovation in a climate-stressed context: insights from flash flood-affected rice farming in Bangladesh. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 1-25.

    R. S. Friedman, E. MacKenzie, R. Baiga, K. Inape, S. J. Crimp, and M. Howden, “Designing climate information services to enhance resilient farming activities: lessons from Papua New Guinea,” Frontiers in Climate, vol. 4, 2022.

    Friedman, R. S., England, R. M., Ricketts, K. D., van Wensveen, M., Lim-Camacho, L., & Crimp, S. (2022). Scanning models of food systems resilience in the Indo-Pacific region. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 81.

    Kamruzzaman, M., Daniell, K. A., Chowdhury, A., & Crimp, S. (2021). The role of extension and advisory services in strengthening farmers’ innovation networks to adapt to climate extremes. Sustainability, 13(4), 1941.

    Davila, F., Crimp, S., & Wilkes, B. (2021). A systemic assessment of COVID-19 impacts on Pacific Islands' food systems. Human Ecology Review, 26(1), 5-17.

    Davila, F., Bourke, R. M., McWilliam, A., Crimp, S., Robins, L., Van Wensveen, M.,& Butler, J. R. (2021). COVID-19 and food systems in Pacific Island Countries, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste: Opportunities for actions towards the sustainable development goals. Agricultural Systems, 191, 103137.

    Butler, J. R., Davila, F., Alders, R., Bourke, R. M., Crimp, S., McCarthy, J. & Walker, D. (2021). A rapid assessment framework for food system shocks: Lessons learned from COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific region. Environmental Science & Policy, 117, 34-45.

    Galea, B., Pittock, J., Crimp, S. (2020). Greenhouse gas implications of replacing fish protein with beef in the lower Mekong Basin. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, April 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12274

    Gobbet, DL., Nidumolu, U., Crimp, S. (2020). Modelling frost generates insights for managing risk of minimum temperature extremes. Weather and Climate Extremes, 27, 100176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2018.06.003

    Colvin, R., Crimp, S., Lewis, S., & Howden, M. (2020). Implications of climate change for future disasters. Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours, 25-48.

    Crimp, S., Jin, H., Kokic, P., Bakar, S., Nicholls, N. (2020). Possible future changes in South East Australian frost frequency: an inter-comparison of statistical downscaling approaches. Climate Dynamics, 52, 1247–1262. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4188-1

    Ariyawardana, A., Lim-Camacho, L., Crimp, S., Wellington, M., Somogyi, S. (2018). Consumer Response to Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Food Sector: An Australian Scenario. Ecological Economies, 154, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.08.022.Crimp, S., Jin, H., Kokic, P., Bakar, S., Nicholls, N. (2018). Possible future changes in South East Australian frost frequency: an inter-comparison of statistical downscaling approaches. Climate Dynamics (2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4188-1.

    Crimp, S., Kokic, P., Risbey, J., Nicholls, N., Gobbett, G., and Howden, M. (2018). Synoptic to Large Scale Drivers of Minimum Temperature Variability in Australia – Multi-Decadal Changes. International Journal of Climatology, 38, e237-e254.