CIE Seminar Series 2022: Understanding socioecological futures in regional Australia

SPEAKER: Katrina Szetey, CSIRO.

DATE & TIME: Friday 16th September 2022 @ 12pm.

LOCATION: Via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 812 5556 2274, Password: 89428618).

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Regional Australia is currently undergoing rapid, more unpredictable, and larger scale change under the influence of anthropogenic change. Katrina is going to talk about two different projects which both seek to understand and predict potential futures in human-natural systems in regional Australia. The first is her PhD work, where she examined how to develop pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals at the local scale with a case study community in the Otways in Victoria.

This research included scenario development, sustainability planning, system dynamics modelling, and scenario analysis. The second project is her postdoctoral research, which is looking at landscape change in a mix of land use types caused by interacting social, economic, and ecological drivers. This change is conceptualised with state-and-transition models, which are then quantified and simulated to predict ecosystem change.

While one project is grounded in traditional sustainability science and the other is more strongly ecological, both projects feature elements of simulation modelling, co-production, and understanding of systems approaches, as well as a strong emphasis on transdiciplinarity.


Katrina is a postdoctoral fellow with CSIRO in the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform and part of the Future States project which seeks to predict future change in Australian landscapes. Her PhD work with Brett Bryan and Enayat Moallemi at Deakin University looked at local scale sustainability in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to becoming a full-time researcher, Katrina’s work history stretched from bookkeeping to being a professional musician, which has stood her in good stead for her transdisciplinary research. She volunteers for the charity Migraine Australia and is an advocate for people who live with migraine. She currently lives in Canberra with her partner and two Burmese cats, and spends her free time doing all manner of textile crafts and enjoying science fiction.

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