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Social Adaptation to Climate Change in the Australian Public Sphere: A comparison of individual and group deliberative responses to scenarios of future climate change

Investigator(s):

Simon Niemeyer, Will Steffen, Brendan Mackey, Janette Lindesay and Kersty Hobson

Social Adaptation to Climate Change in the Australian Public Sphere: A comparison of individual and group deliberative responses to scenarios of future climate change

Funded by Discovery Project (DP0879092) ($378,500), the Project Team includes:

  • Simon Niemeyer, Chief Investigator

  • Will Steffen, Chief Investigator

  • Brendan Mackey, Chief Investigator

  • Janette Lindesay, Chief Investigator

  • Kersty Hobson, Chief Investigator


Project Description


This project develops an understanding of Australia’s response to climate change and ways to improve adaptation from a governance perspective. An interdisciplinary team will construct and use original climate change scenarios to assess public responses through interviews, survey methods, contrasting individual responses with results of deliberative forums and follow up interviews. Significant developments in methods and concepts and understanding of adaptation will have an international audience.It will produce a series of regionally specific scenarios, statement of likely responses and role of institutional design and policy in improving adaptation.