Research degrees with CASPR will give you the opportunity to work with academic experts across a vast range of climate resilience and policy topics. We are currently hosting a number of PhD and Honours research students with areas of research including environmental policy, climate policy, climate adaptation, climate resilience, climate security, coastal sustainability, policy analysis, evidence-based policy and cultural values.

Higher degree research (HDR) students are given the opportunity to delve into topics of particular interest to them, which may have a local focus or be based on research from across the globe. CASPR currently has students completing HDR in subjects including:

  • civil society agency in climate change adaptation policy processes and outcomes in global cities
  • effectiveness of NGO influence on policy formation through a case study of women’s organisations and domestic violence policy
  • understanding household recycling attitudes and practices in the City of Mitcham.

You can read about all of our current students and their topics of research in our CASPR HDR Booklet.

Our students have reported that they feel well supported and part of a close-knit group as part of the CASPR team. Here are some of their testimonials:

Paige Fletcher is researching the effectiveness of NGO influence on policy formation:

I’ve done both my Honours and my PhD with CASPR. CASPR fosters a deeply supportive environment that allows you to grow into being a great researcher and form lasting friendships with the other students. Through weekly lab meetings, journal writing workshops and a cheer squad of other students supporting you at each milestone or speaking event, you do not feel isolated and alone in your PhD journey. At CASPR, you are supported to achieve your best.

Nadeeka Damayanthi Mahamadachchi is researching waste management policy in Sri Lanka:

As an international student, I feel I am so lucky to be a member of CASPR. I am away from my relatives, country and everything familiar to me, but I never feel lonely or isolated. Faculty members and other CASPR students frequently catch up, support and encourage each other. If you are a member of CASPR, you will achieve the goals of your academic journey because of the strong, helpful and understanding group you are working with.

Cole Williams is researching big business and sustainable development:

I have chosen to write my honours thesis with CASPR as I am interested in critically investigating sustainable development in the neoliberal era. I have a passion for environmental issues more broadly due to a deep personal connection with the ocean. At CASPR, I have found a brilliant supervisor, Associate Professor Cassandra Star, and I hope to continue on to do a PhD with CASPR.

If you’re interested in being part of the CASPR research team as a research student, please email