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Chloe Lucas

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Dr Chloe Lucas is a communication specialist whose research explores the social dimensions of climate change. As a documentary producer, an environmental communications consultant, and now as an academic, Chloe’s career has focused on ways to improve communication about climate and sustainability across all sections of society. Her research explores the values and experiences underlying different social responses to climate change, and identifies pathways to more empathetic and inclusive climate conversations. Her recent work focusses on how communication and cultural context drives social adaptation to extreme weather events including bushfires.

Biography

Chloe grew up in London, where she worked as a researcher and producer of science and environment documentaries for the BBC and other broadcasters. Her film credits include Talking Landscapes, and Better by Design. She moved to Australia in 2002, working as a divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef, before taking a Masters in Natural Resource Management at James Cook University. She has worked as a science and environment communicator for the Reef Co-operative Research Centre, the National Oceans Office, as well as other research centres, universities and NGOs. Chloe’s PhD, which investigated cultures of unconcern and polarisation about climate change, was awarded the 2019 Climate Outreach Climate Communications Research Award.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Cultures of Concern and Unconcern: Thinking Differently about Climate Change University of Tasmania Australia 2018
Master of Applied Science Natural Resource Management James Cook University Australia 2004
Master of Arts (1st class Hons) English Literature University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK 1997

Memberships

Professional practice

Member of the Fire Centre Research Hub

Member of the Centre for Marine Socioecology

Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers

Member of the International Environmental Communication Association

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Chloe designed and coordinated a new postgraduate unit, KGA703 Professional Research Methods, in 2020. She has lectured across a number of units in Geography since 2014, including Environmental Management (KGA223), Making Sense of Climate Change (KGA319), Qualitative Research Methods (KGA520), and Global Geographies, Sustainable Worlds (KGA171).

In 2020, Chloe also co-ordinated Curious Climate Tasmania – Schools Edition, which involves teaching incursions into primary and secondary schools to answer students’ questions about climate change.

Teaching responsibility

Chloe is Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for KGA703 Professional Research Methods. This is a Masters level unit that gives students the skills and knowledge to undertake independent and team research in environmental management, planning, protected area governance, spatial sciences and beyond.

KGA703 Professional Research Methods

Research Appointments

Research Fellow – Enabling Cultures of Bushfire Readiness in Australian Communities, ARC Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture 2021-24

Research Fellow - The Social and Biophysical Effects of Alternative Strategies to Reduce Bushfire Danger in Hobart, Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Geographies of House and Contents Underinsurance, ARC Discovery Project 2018-20

Chief Investigator – Bushfire preparedness and risk reduction in Hobart pilot project, funded by Environment, Resources and Sustainability Theme 2018-19

Chief Investigator – After the Flood pilot project, funded by Environment, Resources and Sustainability Theme and College of Science and Engineering Research Enhancement Program 2018

Research Assistant – Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons: Rethinking the Gateways, ARC Linkage Project 2018-20

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Expertise

  • Social adaptation to climate change
  • Environmental values, politics and culture
  • Bushfire preparedness
  • Communication studies
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Qualitative research
  • Social surveys and quantitative analysis
  • Social theory

Research Themes

Chloe’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing on human geography, sociology, psychology and communication studies. Her research interests align with two of the University's research themes: Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Chloe is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project called ‘Enabling cultures of bushfire readiness in Australian communities’. She is investigating how cultural connections to landscape, place and community affect the ways in which people respond to information about bushfire hazards. The study aims to contribute to the safety of Australians by enabling emergency services to more effectively engage diverse communities in dialogue that promotes bushfire readiness, by connecting with place-based values, aspirations and behaviours.

Awards

2020 Invited Keynote Speaker, Fay Gale Memorial Lecture, Institute of Australian Geographers.

2019 Winner, Climate Outreach Award for Climate Communications Research for PhD ‘Cultures of concern and unconcern: Thinking differently about climate change’

2019 Wiley Award for Best Paper in Geographical Research: Highly Commended for ‘Concerning values: What underlies public polarisation about climate change?’

Fields of Research

  • Social geography (440610)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Land use and environmental planning (330404)
  • Insurance studies (350206)
  • Environmental management (410499)
  • Human geography (440699)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Environmental law (480203)
  • Urban and regional planning (330499)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)

Research Objectives

  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Superannuation and insurance services (110203)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Land policy (190207)
  • Natural hazards (190499)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)

Publications

Chloe has published in top-ranked journals including WIRES Climate Change, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. She received a ‘Highly Commended’ Wiley Award for Best Paper in Geographical Research for ‘Concerning Values: What underlies public participation about climate change?’ (Lucas, 2018).

Chloe also contributes to popular media. An article she co-authored in The Conversation on the crisis of underinsurance facing communities after the 2019-20 bushfires (Lucas, Bowman & Eriksen 2020) has been read 250,000 times. Chloe makes use of her background in film-making to present work in innovative ways – her Fay Gale Memorial Lecture for the Institute of Australian Geographers was filmed in and around Hobart. She has also contributed to the Climate Communications Project.

You can find Chloe’s profiles on Researchgate, Google scholar, The Conversation, Publons, ORCID,  and Twitter.

Total publications

15

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018Journal ArticleLucas C, Warman R, 'Disrupting polarized discourses: can we get out of the ruts of environmental conflicts?', Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 36, (6) pp. 987-1005. ISSN 2399-6544 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2399654418772843 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Warman R

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2018Journal ArticleLucas CH, 'Concerning values: what underlies public polarisation about climate change?', Geographical Research, 56, (3) pp. 298-310. ISSN 1745-5871 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12284 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

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2018Journal ArticleLucas CH, Davison A, 'Not getting on the bandwagon': When climate change is a matter of unconcern', Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space pp. 1-21. ISSN 2514-8486 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2514848618818763 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Davison A

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2015Journal ArticleLucas C, Leith P, Davison A, 'How climate change research undermines trust in everyday life: a review', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6, (1) pp. 79-91. ISSN 1757-7780 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.320 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Leith P; Davison A

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Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lucas CH, Booth KI, 'Privatizing climate adaptation: How insurance weakens solidaristic and collective disaster recovery', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change Article e676. ISSN 1757-7799 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.676 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Booth KI

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2019Nielsen HEF, Lucas C, Leane E, 'Rethinking Tasmania's regionality from an Antarctic perspective: flipping the map', M/C Journal, 22, (3) Article 1528. ISSN 1441-2616 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Nielsen HEF; Leane E

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2018Lucas C, Warman R, 'Disrupting polarized discourses: can we get out of the ruts of environmental conflicts?', Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 36, (6) pp. 987-1005. ISSN 2399-6544 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2399654418772843 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Warman R

Tweet

2018Lucas CH, 'Concerning values: what underlies public polarisation about climate change?', Geographical Research, 56, (3) pp. 298-310. ISSN 1745-5871 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12284 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Tweet

2018Lucas CH, Davison A, 'Not getting on the bandwagon': When climate change is a matter of unconcern', Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space pp. 1-21. ISSN 2514-8486 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2514848618818763 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Davison A

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2016Lucas C, 'Planning to help our natural landscapes adapt to climate change', Planning News (Victoria), 42, (6) pp. 10-11. ISSN 1329-2862 (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2015Lucas C, Leith P, Davison A, 'How climate change research undermines trust in everyday life: a review', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6, (1) pp. 79-91. ISSN 1757-7780 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.320 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Leith P; Davison A

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lucas CH, 'Cultures of Concern and Unconcern: Thinking Differently about Climate Change' (2018) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lucas C, Eriksen C, Bowman D, 'A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 07 January (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Bowman D

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2020Lucas C, Eriksen C, Bowman D, 'A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 7 January 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Bowman D

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2019Lucas C, 'Climate Communications Research Award', Climate Outreach, United Kingdom (2019) [Award]

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2019Lucas C, Corner A, Davison A, Leith P, 'Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won't change their minds', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 12 June 2019 (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Davison A; Leith P

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2019Lucas C, Williamson GJ, Bowman D, 'Bushfire Preparedness and Risk Reduction in Hobart Pilot Study 2019 Final Report', Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-40. (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Bowman D

2018Booth KI, Lucas C, 'Insurance is unaffordable for some, but it's middle Australia that is underinsured', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 20 November 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Booth KI

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2018Lucas CH, '2018 Wiley Award for Best paper in Geographical Research: Highly Commended', Institute of Australian Geographers (2018) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Chloe secured a 3 year Research Fellowship by leading the design and writing of a successful ARC Special Research Initiative grant on communication for bushfire preparedness (2021-2024, $290k); a scheme with a success rate of only 7%. This research will be conducted concurrently with another grant she helped secure from the Tasmanian Government Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program involving a partnership with City of Hobart (2021, $199k).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$199,039

Projects

The Social and Biophysical Effects of Alternative Strategies to Reduce Bushfire Danger in Hobart (2021 - 2022)$199,039
Description
This project aims to evaluate the social and biophysical effects of innovative bushfire risk reduction strategies undertaken by the City of Hobart. It further aims to recommend ways to maximise the effectiveness of future interventions.
Funding
Tasmanian State Emergency Services ($199,039)
Scheme
Grant-Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G; Furlaud J; Lucas CH
Period
2021 - 2022

Research Supervision

Chloe currently supervises a small cohort of PhD students researching social responses to climate change and communication for bushfire preparedness.

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAffecting the Future: Emotions in the Anthropocene2021