CASPR 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, including defence, climate resilience, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation in the Indo-Pacific. 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.

Dr Kirstie Petrou

Dr Kirstie Petrou

Kirstie is a human geographer with a decade of experience conducting research in the Pacific. Her research interests include migration, guestworker schemes, urbanisation and development. Kirstie holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and has worked as a consultant for DFAT. Her book If Everyone Returned, the Island Would Sink was published by Berghahn Books in 2020.

Recent News

Risk, rationality and expertise

Decision scientists advocating risk as universal conceptual framework, and risk-based decision-making as prescription for public policymaking, display a worrying disregard for many decades worth of policy studies research.

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.

Our students

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

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 (Current)

Influences in global city climate adaptation policy formulation

Frederique Chagnon Fontaine

Frederique Chagnon Fontaine

PhD Student (Commencing)

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

Rakhmindyarto

Rakhmindyarto

PhD Student (Under Examination)

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

Clare Phillips

Clare Phillips

PhD Student (Completed)

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

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

Get in Touch

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Social Sciences South, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042.

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Associate Professor Cassandra Star +61 8 8201 2074 Mon - Fri, 10:00-16:00

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caspr@flinders.edu.au

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