Seed Funded Projects 2018/19

Five diverse projects were successful in securing Climate Transformations seed funding for 2018/19.

Mapping the evidence of climate and health research in Australia

Globally, climate change is predicted to be the most significant health issue of this century with Australia having a unique vulnerability amongst OECD nations.There is an urgent need to improve policy and practice in the field of climate and health. This project brings together a group of multidisciplinary, early- and mid-career researchers in order to stimulate a coordinated approach to climate and health research.

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Legal dimensions of climate risk

Climate risk has emerged as a pivotal concept in legal and regulatory contexts that relate to mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Within Australia, there is a current policy and legal vacuum around climate risk. The project aims to develop an analysis around climate risk as a critical concept in interdisciplinary research that is relevant to transformations in climate change law, regulation and policy in the international and national spheres.

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Hacking the Anthropocene IV

This project centres around the need to interrogate and reconfigure the ‘Anthropocene’, with its colonial, anthropocentric, heteropatriarchal and ‘gameover’ assumptions and impacts. Hacking the Anthropocene IV is a collection of curated research and engagement events that will focus on developing and disseminating anti-colonial, queer, feminist and more-than-human approaches to ecological scholarship and action, with an emphasis on the environmental arts and humanities. This program engages multi-disciplinary researchers to address the intersection of ethical, equity and epistemic issues embedded in the concept of the ‘Anthropocene’.

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Governance of Land-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal in Australia

The recent IPCC report on 1.5°C emphasises that substantial reliance on carbon dioxide removal technologies will almost certainly be required if the 2015 Paris Agreement’s aim of net zero emissions by the latter part of this century is to be met. Australia is an important site for exploring the governance implications of such development. This project encourages interdisciplinary collaboration across the University of Melbourne and will provide the basis for development of an ARC Linkage Grant. The larger project - toward which this seed project contributes practically and methodologically - will involve detailed analysis of physical, scientific and governance issues facing land-based carbon dioxide removal in Australia.

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Climate Change in Myanmar and the politics of the New Yangon City project

Myanmar is a country at significant risk from the impacts of changing climate conditions. This project aims to explore the deployment of climate change as knowledge discourse in modes of governance through nation-building projects, rural-urban migration and processes of transformation under appropriation in Myanmar. This project will use the New Yangon City Development for context.

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