Carolina is a second-year PhD candidate. She received a Master’s of Environment from the University of Melbourne and holds a Master’s degree in Social-environmental Studies from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Quito, Ecuador). Carolina has an International Relations background with over five years of experience in the field. Her current areas of research are global environmental governance, coastal ecosystems and blue carbon.
Multi-level study of coastal ecosystems governance: a comparative case study of carbon-oriented initiatives in Australia and the Pacific.
Contreras, C., & Thomas, S. (2019). The role of local knowledge in the governance of blue carbon. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/19480881.2019.1610546
Blog posts: Are communities the answer to our renewable energy needs? (REMOVE?? ST)
Project: Global environmental governance, traditional ecological knowledge and blue carbon
Project: Anticipatory governance of geoengineering
Kieran has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at The University of Queensland, and a Master of Energy Studies jointly awarded by the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Western Australia. His Master’s thesis included two distinct but related studies; an examination of the changing dynamics of the Queensland electricity sector under the influence of residential solar photovoltaics, and the evolution of strategic management theory in light of the global sustainability imperative. He has also spent 3 years as a professional engineer working in project management and delivery roles throughout Australia. Kieran's PhD project is focused on understanding emerging models of community-owned renewable energy.
Masters Research Students
Project: Livelihood pathways through community-scale renewable energy in West Java, Indonesia
Project: Factors that influence willingness to participate in a community energy project.
Project: Recycling local waste as substrates for edible mushroom cultivation in the context of "Blue economy"
Project: Capturing Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Improving Social-Ecological System Resilience and Sustainable Development
Project: Blue-carbon in Fijian Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMAs) and the subsequent sustainability and resilience outcomes for communities and ecosystems.
Project: Strategic financial tools for blue carbon
Project: Synergies and conflicts between social forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia; and possible political implications for forest-dependent communities
Project: Analyzing climate change resilience of indigenous communities: frameworks to La Guajira, Colombia case study.
Project: Beyond Gender; Understanding Equity in Forest Governance through Intersectionality Perspective