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Chris Cvitanovic

Christopher Cvitanovic

Research Fellow, Centre for Marine Socioecology

Room 4FD.34, Building 4, CSIRO, Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Tasmania., Off-Campus

0404 052 278 (phone)

Christopher.Cvitanovic@utas.edu.au

Dr Chris Cvitanovic is an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow specialising in knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement and the governance of marine resources.  In doing so Chris draws on almost ten years of experience working at the interface of science and policy for the Australian Government Department of Environment, and then as a Knowledge Broker in CSIROs Climate Adaptation Flagship. Previously Chris' research has also focused on understanding the mechanisms underpinning the resilience of coral reef systems, primarily herbivory and water quality.

Career summary

Qualifications

PhD

Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources.

Australian National University

Australia

BSc (Hons)

Spatial variability in herbivore feeding activity on an inshore reef of the Great Barrier Reef.

James Cook University

Australia

   

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in 2015, Chris was a knowledge broker and research scientist for CSIROs Climate Adaptation Flagship.  As a knowledge broker, Chris worked at the interface of science and decision-making, facilitating the uptake of Flagship research by working with end-users including government agencies, non-government organisations, resource management groups and community groups; enabling them to make better use of climate science.  This role aligned with Chris' research program where he sought to identity and understand the barriers preventing effective knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers, so as to identify strategies for improving knowledge exchange for greater science impact.    

Prior to joining CSIRO Chris was employed as an Assistant Director in the Australian Government Department of Environment where he delivered a range of policies and programs concerned with protecting Australia's marine environment.  While in this role Chris' responsibilities included;

  • Developing and implementing a research and monitoring program for the Commonwealth Marine Protected Area estate;
  • Administering the Australian Government $200m Reef Rescue Initiative;
  • Leading the department's engagement into cross-jurisdictional policies relating to reef water quality protection; and
  • Undertaking environmental impact assessments in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981.

Research Themes

As an interdisciplinary researcher, Chris' research spans several of the Universities research themes including:

  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability;
  • Marine, Antarctic and Maritime;
  • Culture and Society; and
  • Data, Knowledge and Decisions.

In its broadest sense, Chris' research is focused on improving the impact and uptake of scientific research among end-users to facilitate evidence-based decision-making and the improved governance of environmental resources.  In doing so Chris has two primary focal research areas:

1. Knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers, including:

  • Identifying barriers to knowledge exchange;
  • Understanding options for improved knowledge exchange (e.g.- co-production, knowledge brokers, boundary organisation, etc);
  • Identifying the core capacities needed for improved knowledge exchange (i.e.- the institutional, financial, political, social and individual traits that underpin effective knowledge exchange);
  • The ethics of knowledge exchange; and
  • The influence of trust on knowledge exchange.

2. Stakeholder/community engagement, including:

  • Understanding the importance of social networks, and how to leverage these to build adaptive capacity; and
  • Participatory research approaches, and how they can be tailored to specific contexts.

Through his Research Fellowship in the Centre for Marine Socioecological Chris will also assess the value of resilience as a basis for governance arrangements for the use and protection of marine resources. This will include translating the principles and features of socio-ecological resilience to the features of legal systems, and developing specific criteria with which to evaluate how current frameworks for marine resource management promote resilience.  In doing so, this project will be the first major study to identify the aspects of resilience thinking of relevance to Australian environmental law, and to evaluate the current performance and potential of various environmental domains against resilience criteria.

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Fields of Research

  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Research, Science and Technology Policy (160511)
  • Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation (140209)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • Oceanography (040599)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)

Research Objectives

  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts) (960309)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation (960699)
  • Fisheries - Recreational (830201)

Publications

Chris has published papers on a range of topics including knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement, marine governance, climate adaptation, and coral reef ecology.  Many of his papers are published in top-tier journals including Global Environmental Change, PLoS ONE, Coral Reefs, Journal of Environmental Management, Ecology and Society and Marine Policy.  Chris is also a regular invited reviewer for a range of journals spanning multiple disciplines in relation to the environment and sustainability.

In addition to his peer-reviewed publications, Chris also contributes to several blogs focused on linking science to action.  Recent examples include:

Total publications

25

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleMarshall N, Adger N, Attwood S, Brown K, Crissman C, et al., 'Empirically derived guidance for social scientists to influence environmental policy', PLoS One, 12, (3) Article e0171950. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171950 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2016Journal ArticleCvitanovic C, McDonald J, Hobday AJ, 'From science to action: principles for undertaking environmental research that enables knowledge exchange and evidence-based decision-making', Journal of Environmental Management, 183, (Part 3) pp. 864-874. ISSN 0301-4797 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: McDonald J; Hobday AJ

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2015Journal ArticleCvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, van Kerkhoff L, Wilson SK, Dobbs K, et al., 'Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: a review of knowledge and research needs', Ocean and Coastal Management, 112 pp. 25-35. ISSN 0964-5691 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: Hobday AJ

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Cvitanovic C, Cunningham R, Dowd A-M, Howden SM, van Putten EI, 'Using social network analysis to monitor and assess the effectiveness of knowledge brokers at connecting scientists and decision-makers: an Australian case study', Environmental Policy and Governance, 27, (3) pp. 256-269. ISSN 1756-932X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/eet.1752 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: van Putten EI

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2017Cvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, McDonald J, Van Putten EI, Nash KL, 'Governing fisheries through the critical decade: the role and utility of polycentric systems', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries pp. 1-18. ISSN 0960-3166 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9495-9 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hobday AJ; McDonald J; Van Putten EI; Nash KL

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2017Hobday AJ, Doerr VAJ, Marshall NA, Cvitanovic C, Lim-Camacho L, 'Adapting to climate change: the role of organisational personalities in natural resource management', Regional Environmental Change pp. 1-11. ISSN 1436-3798 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1227-0 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hobday AJ

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2017Marshall N, Adger N, Attwood S, Brown K, Crissman C, et al., 'Empirically derived guidance for social scientists to influence environmental policy', PLoS One, 12, (3) Article e0171950. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171950 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2017van Putten I, Villanueva C, Cvitanovic C, 'The influence of community size and location on different dimensions of vulnerability: a case study of Australian coastal communities', Australian Geographer, 48, (1) pp. 121-142. ISSN 0004-9182 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1168727 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: van Putten I; Villanueva C

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2017Hobday AJ, Cvitanovic C, 'Preparing Australian fisheries for the critical decade: insights from the past 25 years', Marine and Freshwater Research pp. 1-9. ISSN 1323-1650 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF16393 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hobday AJ

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2016Cunningham R, Cvitanovic C, Measham T, Jacobs B, Dowd A-M, et al., 'Engaging communities in climate adaptation: the potential of social networks', Climate Policy, 16, (7) pp. 894-908. ISSN 1469-3062 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1052955 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2016Cvitanovic C, Crimp S, Fleming A, Howden M, Hobday AJ, et al., 'Linking adaptation science to action to build food secure Pacific Island communities', Climate Risk Management, 11 pp. 53-62. ISSN 2212-0963 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2016.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Fleming A; Hobday AJ

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2016Cvitanovic C, McDonald J, Hobday AJ, 'From science to action: principles for undertaking environmental research that enables knowledge exchange and evidence-based decision-making', Journal of Environmental Management, 183, (Part 3) pp. 864-874. ISSN 0301-4797 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: McDonald J; Hobday AJ

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2016van Putten I, Cvitanovic C, Fulton EA, 'A changing marine sector in Australian coastal communities: an analysis of inter and intra sectoral industry connections and employment', Ocean and Coastal Management, 131 pp. 1-12. ISSN 0964-5691 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.07.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: van Putten I; Fulton EA

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2016Boschetti F, Cvitanovic C, Fleming AJ, Fulton EA, 'A call for empirically based guidelines for building trust among stakeholders in environmental sustainability projects', Sustainability Science pp. 1-5. ISSN 1862-4065 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016-0382-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Fleming AJ; Fulton EA

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2015Cvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, van Kerkhoff L, Marshall NA, 'Overcoming barriers to knowledge exchange for adaptive resource management; the perspectives of Australian marine scientists', Marine Policy, 52 pp. 38-44. ISSN 0308-597X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.10.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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2015Cvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, van Kerkhoff L, Wilson SK, Dobbs K, et al., 'Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: a review of knowledge and research needs', Ocean and Coastal Management, 112 pp. 25-35. ISSN 0964-5691 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.05.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: Hobday AJ

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2015Lacey J, Howden SM, Cvitanovic C, Dowd A-M, 'Informed adaptation: ethical considerations for adaptation researchers and decision-makers', Global Environmental Change. Part A, 32 pp. 200-210. ISSN 0959-3780 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.03.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

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2014Cvitanovic C, Fulton CJ, Wilson SK, van Kerkhoff L, Cripps IL, et al., 'Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: an international case study on coral-dominated marine protected areas', Ocean and Coastal Management, 102 pp. 72-78. ISSN 0964-5691 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14

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2014Cvitanovic C, Marshall NA, Wilson SK, Dobbs K, Hobday AJ, 'Perceptions of Australian marine protected area managers regarding the role, importance, and achievability of adaptation for managing the risks of climate change', Ecology and Society, 19, (4) Article 33. ISSN 1708-3087 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-07019-190433 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

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2014Noble MM, Pratchett MS, Coker DJ, Cvitanovic C, Fulton CJ, 'Foraging in corallivorous butterflyfish varies with wave exposure', Coral Reefs, 33, (2) pp. 351-361. ISSN 0722-4028 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00338-014-1140-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

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2014Pratchett MS, Hoey AS, Cvitanovic C, Hobbs J-PA, Fulton CJ, 'Abundance, diversity, and feeding behavior of coral reef butterflyfishes at Lord Howe Island', Ecology and Evolution, 4, (18) pp. 3612-3625. ISSN 2045-7758 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1208 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2013Cvitanovic C, Wilson SK, Fulton CJ, Almany GR, Anderson P, et al., 'Critical research needs for managing coral reef marine protected areas: perspectives of academics and managers', Journal of Environmental Management, 114 pp. 84-91. ISSN 0301-4797 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.10.051 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 19

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2011Beger M, Babcock R, Booth DJ, Bucher D, Condie SA, et al., 'Research challenges to improve the management and conservation of subtropical reefs to tackle climate change threats (Findings of a workshop conducted in Coffs Harbour, Australia on 13 September 2010)', Ecological Management and Restoration, 12, (1) pp. e7-e10. ISSN 1442-7001 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00573.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD

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2011Ceccarelli DM, Richards ZT, Pratchett MS, Cvitanovic C, 'Rapid increase in coral cover on an isolated coral reef, the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve, north-western Australia', Marine and Freshwater Research, 62, (10) pp. 1214-1220. ISSN 1323-1650 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF11013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12

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2011Hoey AS, Pratchett MS, Cvitanovic C, 'High macroalgal cover and low coral recruitment undermines the potential resilience of the world's southernmost coral reef assemblages', PLoS ONE, 6, (10) Article e25824. ISSN 1932-6203 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025824 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 54Web of Science - 48

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2010Cvitanovic C, Hoey AS, 'Benthic community composition influences within-habitat variation in macroalgal browsing on the Great Barrier Reef', Marine and Freshwater Research, 61, (9) pp. 999-1005. ISSN 1323-1650 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF09168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2009Cvitanovic C, Bellwood DR, 'Local variation in herbivore feeding activity on an inshore reef of the Great Barrier Reef', Coral Reefs, 28, (1) pp. 127-133. ISSN 0722-4028 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00338-008-0433-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 40

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Taylor M, Crimp S, Dawson B, McGregor A, Cvitanovic C, et al., 'Chapter 10: Adapting Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change: Management Measures and Investments', Vulnerability of Pacific Island Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change, Pacific Community, M Taylor, A McGregor, B Dawson (ed), New Caledonia, pp. 483-518. ISBN 9789820008823 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Grants & Funding

Year

Value ($AUD)- not including in-kind support

Funding agency

Project Title

2015

$34,661

WA Department of Parks and Wildlife

Review of knowledge uptake from the Ningaloo Research Program

2014

$15,000

CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund

A strategy for seafood climate adaption research in Australia.

2014

$16,000

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Monitoring the effectiveness of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub. 

2013

$1,600,000

Australian Government Department of Agriculture

Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming.

2013

$900,000

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Adaptive Communities Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub.

2013

$10,000

CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund

Building food secure and climate adapted Pacific Island Communities.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$49,542

Projects

Social Capital and the Ningaloo Research Program (2016 - 2017)$14,881
Description
The overarching objective of this study is to evaluate the extent to which science undertaken in the Ningaloo region has built social capital among local community, and to understand how this has influenced the behaviours of the local community.
Funding
Western Australian Marine Science Institution ($14,881)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cvitanovic C; McDonald J; Hobday A; Van Putten IE
Period
2016 - 2017
Review of knowledge uptake from the Ningaloo Research Program: how has the science informed marine conservation management? (2015 - 2016)$34,661
Description
The overarching objective of this project is to assess the extent to which new and evolving knowledge generated through the Ningaloo Research Program (NRP) has been integrated into decision-making processes, opportunities for immediate uptake, and identify options to improve its uptake in the future, including the identification of decision-support tools.
Funding
Western Australian Marine Science Institution ($34,661)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J; Hobday A; Cvitanovic C
Period
2015 - 2016