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 Prae Wongthong

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

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.

Shani Burdon

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

Wellbeing benefits of wetlands

Study measures social value of key coastal assets Australians love their beaches, and now a new study also confirms the broad appeal of other coastal assets such as coastal wetlands and protected areas.  In one Read more…

CASPR releases videos from key polar policy experts

A number of papers from the Geostrategic Futures symposium will soon be available in a peer-reviewed open-access book. CASPR has also produced a series of videos highlighting the insights of polar policy experts. They are freely available below, and on CASPR's YouTube channel.

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

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 (Commencing)

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

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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