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Environmental Change Research Group

Environmental Change maximises the University of Tasmania’s reputation as a leader in environmental research. The group advances a Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)-led approach to environmental change by understanding that the problems addressed by scientific research are constituted through cultural, social and political processes.>

It sees the production and analysis of social, cultural and creative responses to environmental change as essential to building a picture of the complex web of significances—material, philosophical, scientific, ethical, political, legal, sociological, socio-ecological, economic, historical, textual—of the environmental problems that both confound us and call us to action.

Our Research Group




Politics and International Relations.


Prof Ted Lefroy


Law (Environmental).

Politics and International Relations.

Law (Environmental).



Politics and Policy.



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Criminality and Climate Change

The Age of Consequences. Professor of Criminology, Rob White says even though there has been a considerable amount of research done on the impact of climate change on environmental and economic systems, there has been less emphasis on social systems such as criminal justice.

Read more about Rob’s research

Alignment with University of Tasmania Research Themes

Environmental Change cuts across all five UTAS research themes to find and enhance connections between HASS disciplines and STEM researchers in a HASS-led context. It explicitly addresses Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and Creativity, Culture and Society’s focus on resilience.

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A full range of publications relevant to Environmental Change can be found on our researcher's full profiles linked above. These include journal articles, books, chapters in books, reviews, conference publications, thesis, and other public output. Some notable books are listed below.