Challenging pet-unfriendly accommodation: housing multispecies families in South Australia

It is no secret that the rental market in Australia is tough. High levels of investment housing combined with a limited supply of housing stock have seen rental costs and competition increase — barriers which see many people excluded from securing stable accommodation. Research from Australia, the UK, and Canada shows that securing rental accommodation can be significantly more difficult for tenants with pets, and these challenges are a key driver of pet relinquishment or …

Climate security in the Indo-Pacific: a systematic review of governance challenges for enhancing regional climate resilience

The CASPR Group has published a new peer-reviewed article in the journal Climatic Change. The paper shares key findings on the challenges impacting climate security in the Indo-Pacific – a crucial issue in the conversation around enhancing climate resilience. Climate security is a growing focus of researchers investigating the impacts of climate change. This is largely due to the realisation that climatic changes will likely compromise human welfare and community stability, with significant implications for …

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 this workshop provides a great opportunity to catch up and connect with fellow HDR students within my college, which is so important during the PhD journey. Being able to discuss our research, wins and struggles with each other allows us …

CASPR Internship Success with Issy

As part of their outreach program, CASPR hosts undergraduate and Honours student interns every year. In winter 2021, Issy assisted with research that kicked off an up-coming collaborative project with the SA Department for Environment and Water.   “When I first heard about the Climate and Sustainability Policy Research Group internship, I knew I had to apply. I haven’t always wanted to research, but in the final three years of my degree it became very clear …

CASPR Internship Success with Georgia, Bella & Cecilia

As part of their outreach program, CASPR hosts undergraduate and Honours student interns every year. In winter 2021, four enthusiastic students successfully completed research projects with CASPR’s lead academics.   Georgia worked on a project with Associate Professor Cassandra Star:   “As a research intern with CASPR during the winter break of 2021, I had the exciting opportunity to work with Associate Professor Cassandra Star on a research project regarding Prime Minister Scott Morrison and environmental protest/civil society organisations. Specifically, I was tasked with conducting a review …

Extreme Event Attribution in Media Reporting of Wildfires in the US, Canada, and Australia: Anti-reflexivity 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 wildfires to climate change in the media in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Intense bush and wildfires occur frequently in all three countries, command significant public attention and often prompt intense debate around cause, blame, and policy solutions. The research project, Extreme Event …

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. Sadly, the face-to-face delivery in Cairns was foregone due to the Covid lockdown, but the online program was highly effective and the presentation generated useful discussion and initiated opportunities for policy engagement. Natural resource management broadly refers to decision-making about the use …

“Australia and the One Earth”: An interdisciplinary conference to mark fifty years of UN global environmental governance

In June 1972, 114 nations gathered in Stockholm for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. A landmark event, it was the first major international conference dealing with the subject of ‘the environment’. In the fifty years since, the international architecture for dealing with environmental problems has expanded, with a range of intergovernmental organisations, a library of international environmental treaties, and regular international conferences trying to address problems. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of …

Winter ’21 internships at CASPR

CASPR has welcomed four new undergraduate interns for the winter mid-year break. Based at Flinders University, they are each working on the first stages of new research projects with CASPR’s lead academics. Whilst with CASPR they are experiencing academic life and getting a taste of what post graduate study could be like!   Bella is currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Arts. She identifies climate change policy as one of her key interests in the field of international relations and understands how it influences …

Bushfire Legal Help Community Outreach

Law is probably not the first thing you think of to help to build resilience and capacity in communities impacted by catastrophic fire or other natural disasters.  But information about the law, the legal rights of landowners and other community members and how to access legal services are critical – not only in responding once a fire has occurred, but also in prevention of future risks.  Information about their legal rights and obligations can empower those in …