Our group is committed to advancing evidence-based policymaking for issues concerning the environment and sustainability. Our work supports decision-makers and practitioners in a variety of domains and applications. Systematic and well-focused evidence-based policy research responds to rapid social and environmental change, which is crucial for good practice.

Based at Flinders University in South Australia, our group assists government and private sector stakeholders to achieve greater accountability, effectiveness, and innovation locally, nationally and globally.

Recent News

Podcasts, pedagogy and public sociology

I am inspired by critical pedagogies, informal education models and I enjoy experimenting with teaching styles that promote democratic dialogue and independent enquiry rather than me delivering another monologue. With these things in mind, I decided to create a publicly available podcast as the central piece of content for the new unit. In my last episode, I interviewed Cassandra Star about climate justice and environmental security.

Waste management in Sri Lanka

The purpose of this research is to analyse the factors that contribute to the implementation gap and identify potential measures for better execution of waste management policy in Sri Lanka. This study makes an original contribution to the literature regarding public policy implementation and waste management in Sri Lanka by providing a framework for understanding policy implementation failure in Sri Lanka. The study findings have implications for public policy in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the developing world.

Reflections on Transforming Australia’s Resource and Energy Governance

A takeaway theme was 'decarbonised futures – how we get from here to there'. We discussed just transition – both economic and social, as strategy and as need, as a political unity approach, as a way to move on from narrow climate politics. How do we transition in an economic and political context where mining externalises risk and the costs of transition to the state?

Transforming Australia’s resource and energy governance workshop

The event brings together policy practitioners and Australia’s leading scholars of environmental, energy and resource policy in order to map out the historical and contemporary challenges and possibilities for governing sustainably. The workshop addresses the past, present and future of environmental governance

Our students

Rakhmindyarto

Rakhmindyarto

PhD Student (Current)

Formulating policy in Indonesia: perceptions of key stakeholders on the conditions for the introduction of a carbon tax

Komalee Nadeeka Damayanthi Mahamadachchi

Komalee Nadeeka Damayanthi Mahamadachchi

PhD Student (Current)

Local governance and service delivery challenges: an investigation into waste management Policy in Sri Lanka

Fajar Fadli

Fajar Fadli

PhD student (current)

Exploring policy for energy governance in Indonesia

Paige Fletcher

Paige Fletcher

PhD student (current)

Effectiveness of NGO influence on policy formation - a case study of women's organisations and domestic violence policy

Clare Phillips

Clare Phillips

PhD Student (current)

A cross disciplinary study on formulating
child health policy with a focus on the
social determinants of health - an Australian perspective

Ros Wong

Ros Wong

PhD student (current)

Fatally flawed public policies - The cruel optimism of self-employed women’s retirement planning

Elizabeth Forrest

Elizabeth Forrest

Honours student (current)

Sustainable materialism, farmers markets and alternative food systems

Laura James

Laura James

PhD Student (Commencing)

The politics of sustainable infrastructure development for climate adaptation

Frederique Chagnon Fontaine

Frederique Chagnon Fontaine

PhD Student (Commencing)

The integration of indigenous knowledges into environmental policy making - a comparative study

Dr Han Lin

Dr Han Lin

PhD student (completed)

Actors, implementation and implications of China’s climate-related energy policies: analyses of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Scheme (ECERS)

Dr Bimal Regmi

Dr Bimal Regmi

PhD student (completed)

Identifying operational mechanisms for the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in Nepal

Dr Lorraine MacIntosh

Dr Lorraine MacIntosh

PhD student (completed)

The effect of financial crisis and global recession on climate change policy as explained by ecopolitical theory

Dr Nachalida Yukalang

Dr Nachalida Yukalang

PhD student (completed)

Municipal solid waste management in a rapidly urbanising area in Thailand: Barriers and recommendations

Dr Thi Thanh Trang Pham

Dr Thi Thanh Trang Pham

PhD student (completed)

Improving the efficiency of the management and operation of small and medium irrigation systems with Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) in Vietnam.

Dr Ben Lohmeyer

Dr Ben Lohmeyer

PhD Student (completed)

The conforming power of neoliberal violence in youth and hyper-governed young people’s stories of resistance

Dr John Tons

Dr John Tons

PhD student (completed)

Global Justice: A Rawlsian Perspective

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