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 Zoei Sutton

Research Fellow

Dr Sutton’s research is focussed on human-animal studies, with a particular interest in the attitudes and structures that influence interactions between humans, other animals and the environment. She has a background in social research and policy evaluation, specialising in qualitative research methods.

Shani Burdon

Research and Project Officer

Shani is CASPR's professional and project manager and research assistant. She has a diverse background in sustainability practice and teaching, environmental policy, sustainable architecture and permaculture.

Kristin Clark

Project Manager

Kristin’s role at CASPR is project manager. She has a diverse background in positions in the not for profit, university and government sectors.

Dr Prae Wongthong

Research Assistant

Prae has a consulting and research background across sustainability, coastal management and adaptation, and waste management and resource recovery. She has worked in international organisations, research institutes and local government. Her research interests include coastal adaptation, sustainability strategy and social dimension of ecosystem management.

Dr Carla Selina Baybay

Reseach Assistant

Carla’s research focus lies on human-environment interactions amidst environmental change. She has almost a decade of experience working with urban poor communities in participatory contexts as a local community development facilitator in the Philippines. Her research interests include community engagement (participation), climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and environmental politics and policy.

Meet Our Associates

Dr Anthony Langlois

Dr Anthony Langlois

Anthony J. Langlois is a critical human rights theorist. He has a keen interest in the way in which rights language is used for politics, policy and theory, including how this applies to environmental and sustainability concerns.

Dr Sabine Dittmann

Dr Sabine Dittmann

Sabine’s expertise lies in coastal ecosystem ecology, restoration and Blue Carbon. She is working closely at the interface between research and environmental management, through translation of research outcomes into scientific advice to achieve ecosystem health and conservation outcomes.

Dr Josh Holloway

Dr Josh Holloway

Josh is a political scientist, currently researching the ways institutions, public attitudes, and state response to crises link to democratic resilience. He is recognised for his work on elections management, green politics, and parties and party systems.

Dr Alessandro Antonello

Dr Alessandro Antonello

Alessandro is an environmental historian who works on polar and oceanic environments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is interested in how environmental knowledge is formed in a variety of institutional contexts at national and global scales, how environmental knowledge is acted upon to preserve or exploit the Earth, and how communities build affective and ethical relationships with remote and extreme environments.

Dr Claire Nettle

Dr Claire Nettle

Claire joined CASPR in 2019 after working in the community sector and in academic publishing. She has experience in community development, health promotion and policy, and brings expertise in social research, research translation and communication. Her research interests are in environmental social movements, urban environments and food systems. Her book, Community Gardening as Social Action, was published by Routledge in 2016.

Dr Kirstin Ross

Dr Kirstin Ross

Kirstin’s research is focussed on the way the environment affects human health. This includes pathogens and toxins in our water and wastewater, waste, and built environments. She is interested in community engagement on these issues, and is particularly interested in the effect of climate change on human health.

Dr Helen McLaren

Dr Helen McLaren

Dr Helen McLaren is motivated by research that can be applied to building healthier environments, stronger communities and improvements to people’s lives. Recent projects are focused on climate and disaster resilience, the future of sustainable development goals in the context of climate change and Covid-19, and allied health worker secondary trauma and resilience related to climate and drought.

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.

Dr Cobi Calyx

Dr Cobi Calyx

Cobi has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of environmental governance, science communication and disaster response. She has worked in organisations from the UN in Geneva to state environment and disaster response agencies. Cobi has been Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School and has experience with Aid-funded programs in Asia and the Pacific.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt conducts research and supports practical projects that strengthen the quality and legitimacy of policy and law through citizen participation. As Deputy Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier he led work on the government's internationally-recognised democratic reform program, helped craft a strategic policy agenda, and advised on climate policy and the state’s participation in the Paris Climate Summit.

Recent News

HDR Workshop

CASPR PhD students Paige and Elizabeth recently attended the Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law (CBGL) Higher Degree Research (HDR) workshop, and have plenty of positive reflections on the day.   “On Monday 20th September, I attended the annual HDR Workshop hosted by Biggles, the CBGL HDR Association. Attending Read more…

Extreme Event Attribution in Media Reporting of Wildfires in the US, Canada, and Australia: Anti-reflexibility and the Climate Countermovement

Associate Professor Cassandra Star and Dr. Josh Holloway have been awarded one of eleven prestigious Climate Obstruction Research grants from the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN), headquartered at Brown University. The internationally-competitive grant will contribute toward research examining attribution of bushfires and Read more…

Coast to Coast National Conference

On 29 July 2021 Associate Professor Beverley Clarke delivered a keynote address ‘The changing prominence of coastal Natural Resource Management in Australia’ at the 15th Coast to Coast National Conference—Australia’s biennial national coastal management event. Read more…

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

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

Elizabeth Forrest

Elizabeth Forrest

PhD student (Current)

Sustainable materialism, farmers markets and alternative food systems

Judi Storer

Judi Storer

PhD Student (Current)

Sustainable Development and Climate Change: How Sustainable is Sustainable Development?

Daniel George Louhenapessy

Daniel George Louhenapessy

Phd Student (Current)

Understanding the role of indigenous engagement in marine park management: a case study from Indonesia

Cole Williams

Cole Williams

PhD Student (Commencing)

The governing of unsustainability: The corporate capture of sustainable development

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Honours Student (Commencing)

The politics of democratic innovation

Ellen Fogarty

Ellen Fogarty

Honours Student (Completed)

An Analysis of Food Waste Management Habits in Local Food Service Businesses

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)

Rakhmindyarto

Rakhmindyarto

PhD Student (Completed)

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

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

Fajar Fadli

Fajar Fadli

PhD student (completed)

Exploring policy for energy governance in Indonesia

Cole Williams

Cole Williams

Honours Student (Completed)

Big business and sustainable development

Maddie Hand

Maddie Hand

Honours Student (Completed)

Understanding household recycling attitudes and practices in the City of Mitcham

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.

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

Ros Wong

Ros Wong

PhD student (Completed)

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

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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