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Governing the climate change regime

Dr Tim Cadman, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, held an interactive seminar in November 2015 where he invited participants to explore his online Climate Governance Map. It allowed participants to explore the governance of climate change in an interactive and online environment in the lead up to the negotiations in Paris at the COP21. The online tool is available at

Public health in the Anthropocene: The grandest challenge, the wickedest problem

This was a public seminar with guest presenter, Dr Trevor Hancock, Professor at the School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria, held in September 2015. He outlines that if we are to successfully manage the decline of ecosystems, avoid collapse & transition to a more just, sustainable and healthy future, public health must adopt an eco-social approach, find new partners, and build healthy, equitable & sustainable communities.

Finding space for nature in a rapidly changing world

This was a public seminar with guest, James Watson, Associate Professor, University of Queensland & Lead Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, held in July 2015. It explores what the loss of intact landscapes, especially the loss of tropical forests, means for biodiversity conservation in a time of a rapidly changing climate. Case studies from different parts of the world are presented.

Indigenous peoples organizations in intergovernmental policy: Conflicts & strategies

Dr Lauren Eastwood, Associate Professor, State University of New York presented this seminar in November 2014. Using the framework provided by institutional ethnography, the talk engages with global environmental governance not as an abstract or theoretical concept but through the work of practitioners who participate in policy making under the auspices of the United Nations.

Flying-foxes & extreme heat events - part 1

Dr Justin Welbergen is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (University of Western Sydney). During his PhD (University of Cambridge) he was happily studying the behaviour of flying-foxes in eastern Australia when he happened to be confronted with one of the most dramatic animal die-offs ever observed. This serendipitous event prompted Justin to alter his research focus so he could explore the impacts of extreme weather and climate events on biodiversity.

Seminar held in July 2014.

Flying-foxes & extreme heat events - part 2

Professor Carla Catterall, Panelist, adds to Dr Welbergen's presentation with some observations about her research of flying-foxes in South-East Queensland.

Flying-foxes & extreme heat events - part 3

Professor Nigel Stork adds his observations to Dr Welbergen's presentation.

Climate change in the Canadian Arctic

The Arctic’s climate is changing rapidly, to the extent that ‘dangerous’ climate change as defined by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change might already be occurring. These changes are having implications for Canada’s Inuit population and are being exacerbated by the dependence of Inuit on biophysical resources for livelihoods and the low socio-economic–health status of many northern communities. In the context of projections of a rapidly changing climate in the future, this presentation asks the question: Can we adapt to climate change in the Canadian Arctic? Dr James Ford is an Assistant Professor in Geography at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he leads the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group. Dr Tristan Pearce is a CRN Fellow in Geography with the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, Canada. Presentations from seminar held in May 2014.

Overcoming path dependence in climate adaptation

Adaptation to anticipated climatic change is now widely recognized as a key policy mechanism for managing climate risk. However, a rapidly growing literature has documented myriad challenges to adaptation, which suggests adaptation efforts may fail to realize their full potential with respect to avoiding climate damages. This is a presentation from Dr Benjamin Preston who was a Visiting Fellow with the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research. He was on leave from his position as Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States where his research focuses on the assessment of climate risk to human systems and the role of adaptation in managing that risk. This seminar was held in March 2014.

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