My research focuses on environmental governance and policy, and how knowledge from multiple disciplines and stakeholders can inform more effective policy and management interventions. My current project, an Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship, is called 'Fire and Transformation: Managing capacity for managing Australian Bushfires". My publications can be viewed on ORCID or Google Scholar.
I have worked as an environmental and social scientist both within and outside academia. My PhD focused on landscape-scale biodiversity conservation and social-ecological systems based scenario planning. After my PhD, I was a tenured member of faculty (teaching and research) in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool. More recently, I was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where my DECRA was initially based.
A key stream of my research is Governing the Anthropocene, exploring biodiversity conservation, climate change, novel ecosystems and other elements of transformational change. Another stream of my research focuses on green infrastructure and nature-based solutions (NBS) for addressing environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and poor health outcomes, and exploring whether they can provide more democratic, innovative, or socially just solutions to such challenges. This includes my role as chief investigator for the university on the Horizon 2020 project Urban GreenUP and other projects discussed below.
My interdisciplinary background and mix of academic and practical experience informs my approach to research, impact, and engagement. Prior to undertaking a PhD, I worked as an environmental scientist, consultant, and environmental policy adviser for over a decade in the USA and Australia. I worked on both the social and ecological aspects of environmental issues in government, NGOs, and private companies. My projects as a researcher and a practitioner were across multiple sectors and issues, including water resource management, forest management, contaminated site remediation, ecological restoration, biodiversity conservation on private and public lands, social impact assessment, environmental impact assessment, and environmental behaviour change.