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.

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.

Meet Our Associates

Associate Professor Kirstin Ross

Associate Professor 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 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.

Professor Sabine Dittmann

Professor 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.

Associate Professor Joshua Newman

Associate Professor Joshua Newman

Joshua's research interests involve the use of information, evidence, and lesson learning for informing policy decision making. He has written about research utilisation and evidence-based policy, policy outcomes and evaluation, managing wicked policy problems, transport policy, climate change, and urban infrastructure development. He is especially interested in the relationship between government and private sector organisations.

Associate Professor Vivienne Brand

Associate Professor Vivienne Brand

Associate Professor Vivienne Brand is a qualified lawyer, legal academic and governance practitioner with an early background in legal commercial practice. Her academic work focuses on corporate law with a particular emphasis on corporate responsibility. Vivienne has wide practical governance experience on boards and committees in both the for-purpose and for-profit sectors and is a director of an ASX-listed company in the agri-business sector.

Professor Tania Leiman

Professor Tania Leiman

Tania is a lawyer, legal academic and Dean of Law at Flinders University. She is currently involved with projects regarding delivery of access to justice in disaster impacted areas, and developing a disaster resilient model for delivery of legal services following bushfires. Her work on future mobility has alerted her to the looming environmental and social aspects of increasing demands for critical and rare earth minerals.

Brendan Grigg

Brendan Grigg

Brendan Grigg teaches and researches in property and environmental law. Before joining the Flinders University Brendan worked as a legal practitioner, primarily in the areas of native title law and environmental law at the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office. He has advised and represented a range of SA government authorities including the Environment Protection Authority and the Native Vegetation Council.

Associate Professor Anthony Langlois

Associate Professor 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 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 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.

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.

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

CASPR Summer ’22 Interns

CASPR once again welcomed research interns in February 2022. CASPR’s internship program gives undergraduate and Honours students the opportunity to hone their research skills and have a taste of academic life at Flinders. Maya, Abby Read more…

Our students

Jessica Priess

Jessica Priess

Masters student (current)

Assessing the efficacy of Coastal Adaptation Plans in South Australia

Cole Williams

Cole Williams

PhD Student (Current)

Tourism sustainability for destination communities in the Global South

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?

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

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

Daniel George Louhenapessy

Daniel George Louhenapessy

Phd Student (Current)

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

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Honours Student (Completed)

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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