A tale of two councils: just adaptation to sea-level rise in Victoria, Australia

Stream: Panel 40 - Environmental Politics: From Rivers to the Sea: Local Perspectives on Resources, Environment and Justice in Eastern Australia
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm


Adaptation to climate change, and sea-level rise in particular, requires policies and processes that local communities perceive to be fair. Yet little is known about how to approach climate adaptation so that it provides just processes and outcomes for diverse communities. This paper describes how two regional coastal councils--East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellingon Shire Council--are preparing for sea-level rise, how five communities within their jurisdictions perceive the threat of sea-level rise and the fairness of initial adaptation efforts, and how adaptation policies can be tailored to cater to the diverse values and aspirations of these, and other, communities going forward.


Sonia Graham (Presenter), UNSW
Sonia Graham is a lecturer in Social Research and Policy in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. Sonia's research explores how environmental policies affect people and how relationships between individuals and governments affect the management of natural resources. She applies this knowledge to inform fair and effective solutions to environmental problems, including water resource management, weed management, and climate change.
Sonia's research primarily focuses on concepts such as collective action, trust, power, fairness, legitimacy and values. In conducting this research she seeks to bring together insights from social and biophysical sciences as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods.