Coordinating Committee

Professor Fred Gale (Co-Chair)

Prof Fred Gale teaches and researches in the Politics and International Relations Program, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. His research focuses on reconceptualising the foundations of the discipline of political economy from a sustainability perspective. He is the author of The Tropical Timber Trade Regime (Palgrave 1998), Global Commodity Governance (Palgrave 2011 with Marcus Haward) and, more recently, of The Political Economy of Sustainability (Edward Elgar 2018).

Dr Kim Beasy (Co-Chair)

Dr Kim Beasy is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Tasmania. Her primary area of research is in perceptions and practices of sustainability. She is the Chair of Education for Sustainability Tasmania, a UN recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, a network of academics, educators and community organisations in Tasmania committed to promoting and building education for sustainability.

Dr Chloe Lucas

Dr Chloe Lucas worked as a producer of television documentaries, and as an environmental communication consultant for governments and NGOs before embarking on an academic career at the University of Tasmania. Her research explores ways in which climate change can become socially polarising and involves building respectful and empathetic relationships with people who think differently about climate change. Her PhD showed that people who are unconcerned about climate change cannot be assumed to be less well informed, or less dedicated to living a moral life than those who are concerned. This work suggests ways to move beyond antagonistic debate on climate.

Dr Gabi Mocatta

Dr Gabi Mocatta is a media and environmental communication researcher who focuses on communicating climate science, policy, energy transition and environmental justice. Gabi is currently Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication with the Climate Futures group at the University of Tasmania. Gabi’s work includes science translation, teaching, and studying the interfaces between science, media, community understanding and policy action on climate change. Dr Mocatta is a collaborator in the MeCCO (Media and Climate Change Observatory) project at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is also Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University, where she is co-convener of the Climate Change Communication and Narratives research group.

Claire Baker

Claire is a communications and engagement specialist who has worked across tertiary, government and community sectors in lutruwita and Aotearoa. She works to improve engagement with innovative research, including sustainability and cultural initiatives. She was recently the communications specialist for a strategic social research project TasAgFuture at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. She is currently the Chair of the University of Tasmania’s Equity Committee’s Communications and Engagement Working Group, and advises on research communications at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). With a background in social work, Claire is passionate about social inclusion and making knowledge accessible.

Dr Niklavs Rubenis

Dr. Niklavs Rubenis is a designer and maker focused on waste. He has been involved with projects spanning community, non-profit, commercial and cultural institutions, and has had work presented and exhibited nationally and internationally. Select collaborative projects include Object Realities, Transformative Repair, Object Therapy and Crafting Waste. Niklavs has a trade in cabinet making, holds a BA Visual Arts (Honours), and a PhD from the Australian National University. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Object Design, School of Creative Arts & Media at the University of Tasmania and serves as a board member of the World Crafts Council—Australia.

Prof Rob White

Prof Rob White is Distinguished Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania. Considered a pioneer in the field of green criminology, he has particular interest in transnational environmental crime and eco-justice. Significant books include Crimes Against Nature (2008), Transnational Environmental Crime (2011), Environmental Harm (2013), Climate Change Criminology (2018) and The Extinction Curve (with John van der Velden, 2021).

Dr Eve Croeser

Dr Eve Croeser is a University Associate at the University of Tasmania, in the School of Social Sciences. Her academic teaching experience includes lecturing and tutoring in Political Science and International Relations, and her PhD focused on the global political economy of climate change and the role of the climate movement in climate politics. Her research projects focus on critical global political economy theory, the global political economy of climate change, climate justice, and ecosocialism. Dr Croeser’s book, Ecosocialism and Climate Justice: An Ecological Neo-Gramscian Analysis, will be published by Routledge in October 2020.

Dr Bianca Coleman

Dr Bianca Coleman is a Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Dr Coleman’s PhD research and her tertiary teaching is concerned with HASS curriculum and pedagogy, particularly geography education, and its relationship with Education for Sustainability.

Dr Mansi Mansi

Dr Mansi is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head Learning and Teaching in the School of Accounting Economics and Finance at the University of Tasmania. Dr Mansi’s research focuses on natural capital accounting, corporate sustainability and sustainable development. Her research explores how companies disclose information about their climate change practices, biodiversity and species conservation practices, the faunal/floral species affected by their operations, and the measures companies are taking to mitigate their negative impacts. Her research offers context-rich practical solutions to mining, oil and energy industries and policymakers. Dr Mansi is interested in unique inter-disciplinary research at the cutting-edge of knowledge about Natural Capital Accounting.

Dr Kate Booth

Dr Kate Booth is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Tasmania, and an academic activist. Her research focuses on insurance in a changing climate: understanding the role and power of insurers and insurance; how insurance and climate change can co-produce inequities and inequalities; and, the action required to enable adaptive and just insurantial outcomes. She is led-Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, ‘When Disaster Strikes: Geographies of house and contents underinsurance’ (DP170100096). Dr Booth also leads the Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences’ postgraduate program, including the industry accredited Master of Planning. She teaches urban and regional planning.

Prof Mark Hovenden 

Mark Hovenden is Professor of Plant Ecology and is part of the Biological Sciences discipline in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Prof Hovenden teaches and does research into how terrestrial ecosystems function, particularly the role of plants and how plant responses to global changes influence the functioning of entire ecosystems. Prof Hovenden is a keen science communicator and a passionate bicycle commuter. 

Dr Annabelle (Belle) Workman

Dr Belle Workman is a social scientist whose research has focused on climate change, health and policy development. Prior to her PhD, Dr Workman worked at the National Health and Medical Research Council in clinical practice guidelines and research translation. Her PhD investigated the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies. She joined the Environmental Health team at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania in 2020 to undertake a qualitative evaluation of the smartphone health application, AirRater. She remains involved in climate change and health research and has recently been involved in energy transition research.

Megan (Meg) Smith 

Meg is part-time unit coordinator of Health Economics within the School of Medicine Public Health Master’s program, whilst also holding a primary role within the Allied Health Strategy and Research Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Combining a Social Work and economic development background she works to understand the challenges of applying social justice and equity concepts to opportunity cost, and is particularly interested in the impacts of climate change on the health system. Meg is inspired by the pioneering work of political economist Elinor Ostrum seeking to understand community-based solutions to managing public resources. 

Dr Clare Miller

Dr Clare Miller is a lecturer in the Centre of Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences at the University of Tasmania. As an environmental geochemist, her research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on mining, metal(loid) and contaminant mobility in mine waste and environmental systems, and baseline water quality. Her research aims to develop innovative mining, waste storage and remediation strategies to help the natural resources sector mitigate and adapt to mining in a changing environment. Clare’s philosophy of research, teaching, and engagement is rooted in a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to understanding complex geoenvironmental systems.

Gang Zhao

Gang is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Engineering, University of Tasmania. His research topic is the renewable energy storage technology and its thermal management. The research results could be applied to the field of battery thermal management especially for electric vehicles, which greatly reduce the emission of Greenhouse Gases generated by anthropogenic combustion of fossil fuels from Internal Combustion Engines of the conventional automobiles. He firmly believes that utilising electricity from renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels is one of the practical methods to relieve Global Climate Change issues. He is also a participant in the UTAS Green Impact Program.

Assoc Prof Helen Phillips 

Assoc Prof Helen Phillips is a physical oceanographer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.  She examines observations of the ocean’s physical properties and currents from research voyages, global observing systems and computer models. She uses her knowledge of the ocean and climate system to tease apart the physical processes causing change.  In records as short as a decade, the climate change signal is clear and relentless. Assoc Prof Phillips has a deep desire to communicate the need for urgent action to keep global warming to less than 1.5°C and offer hope for a sustainable future.  

Dr Stuart Corney

Dr Stuart Corney is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. He specialises in applying climate model output to understand the short- and long-term impacts of climate change. His research is centered on how changes in the climate will influence the Southern Ocean marine ecosystem. Closer to Tasmania, Dr Corney is interested in how ecosystems and society respond to climate change at a local scale. This has led to him working with the Tasmanian government to produce reports on changing risk profile of natural hazards, developing fine-scale climate model output for Tasmania and working in interdisciplinary groups to understand the impacts of climate change on sectors ranging from fisheries, communities and emergency management.