CIE Seminar Series 2018: Navigating complex policy processes to deliver environmental outcomes

SPEAKER: Dr Megan Evans, Principal Scientist, Project Management Office, Department of Environmental and Science, Queensland Government
Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland.

DATE: Friday, 10th August 2018

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre.
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 (green room) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

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ABSTRACT. Translating policy into environmental outcomes is typically a messy and difficult process, regardless of the issue at hand or the location of concern. Existing policy systems are political and value-laden, and involve multiple actors with a range of motivations and interests. This means that scientific evidence tends not to feed into policy and practice in a neat, linear fashion, making this process challenging and often frustrating for researchers to navigate. An interdisciplinary lens, which combines public policy, environmental law, economics, and other social and natural sciences, can facilitate our understanding and engagement with complex policy processes. In this seminar, I will describe my work to date on biodiversity offsetting and carbon farming, with a focus on how these policies are interpreted and applied in practice. I will also discuss the university sector’s current focus on impact and engagement, and how scientists (and especially early career researchers) can effectively navigate policy processes to create their own pathways to “impact”. Finally, I will provide a short overview of the Queensland Government’s $500 million Land Restoration Fund.

BIO. Megan is Principal Scientist in the Project Management Office – Land Restoration Fund, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. Her research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on how complex policy processes translate into environmental outcomes. Megan is passionate about conducting interdisciplinary, impactful research in close consultation with colleagues working in government, non-government organisations and industry. She is a handling editor for Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology, and recipient of the 2018 UQ Faculty of Science Rising Star Award.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Euan Ritchie e.ritchie@deakin.edu.au

For more info: https://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/15089