Global environmental governance, traditional ecological knowledge and blue carbon

This study presents an analysis of global blue carbon governance – including market-based instruments, public investment, partnership initiatives, and community-centred management schemes – and evaluates the extent to which these different approaches facilitate or constrain the integration of indigenous and local knowledge. The paper offers valuable insights on the applicability of different blue carbon governance mechanisms to small island states (SIS) in the Pacific, and their potential to contribute to sustainability outcomes including social-ecological health and environmental justice.

This project was commenced by Carolina Contreras in mid-2017. 

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The role of community-owned renewable energy in Australia's transition to a low-carbon future

Community energy is an emerging sector that offers alternate types of ownership models and wealth creation whilst delivering social and environmental benefits at the local level. However, in Australia it is less prevalent than is seen in comparable countries, with few community owned renewable energy projects currently operating, totalling approximately 10MW of capacity. This PhD project will explore why this is the case, what role community energy may play in Australia's transition to a low carbon future, how this might be achieved, and the implications of this transition.